Kazakhstan

Country Kazakhstan
Capital Astana
Continent Asia
Currency Tenge(KZT)
Languages Kazakh & Russian

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Introduction

Native Kazakhs, a mix of Turkic and Mongol nomadic tribes who migrated into the region in the 13th century, were rarely united as a single nation. The area was conquered by Russia in the 18th century, and Kazakhstan became a Soviet Republic in 1936. During the 1950s and 1960s agricultural "Virgin Lands" program, Soviet citizens were encouraged to help cultivate Kazakhstan's northern pastures. This influx of immigrants (mostly Russians, but also some other deported nationalities) skewed the ethnic mixture and enabled non-Kazakhs to outnumber natives. Independence in 1991 caused many of these newcomers to emigrate. Kazakhstan's economy is larger than those of all the other Central Asian states combined largely due to the country's vast natural resources and a recent history of political stability. Current issues include: developing a cohesive national identity; expanding the development of the country's vast energy resources and exporting them to world markets; achieving a sustainable economic growth; diversifying the economy outside the oil, gas, and mining sectors; enhancing Kazakhstan's competitiveness; and strengthening relations with neighboring states and other foreign powers.

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Kazakhstan - Wikipedia
Kazakhstan - CIA World Fact Book
Kazakhstan - BBC
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Kazakhstan: Allied with Muslim bloc, but great friend of Israel - The Jerusalem Post

The Jerusalem Post

Kazakhstan: Allied with Muslim bloc, but great friend of Israel
The Jerusalem Post
There are some 10,000 Jews living in Kazakhstan. The vast majority came from the western part of the USSR or eastern Europe in the past century. However, Farsi-speaking Jews lived in the southern areas of the country and along the Silk Road trading ...



Alstom's JV EKZ Obtains the First IRIS Certification in Kazakhstan - MassTransitMag.com (press release) (registration) (blog)

MassTransitMag.com (press release) (registration) (blog)

Alstom's JV EKZ Obtains the First IRIS Certification in Kazakhstan
MassTransitMag.com (press release) (registration) (blog)
Alstom's JV EKZ became the first train manufacturer in Kazakhstan to receive the IRIS certification (International Railway Industry Standard). This certification has been established based on the ISO 9001 standard, with the goal of securing higher ...



Russia Talking with Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan Over Military Deployment to Syria - LobeLog

LobeLog

Russia Talking with Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan Over Military Deployment to Syria
LobeLog
Russia is in talks with Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan about sending troops to Syria, senior Russian and Turkish official have said. “Negotiations are now going on, a process is being worked out so that Russian military police can contribute to providing ...
Russia wants to use CSTO in SyriaModern Diplomacy

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Kazakhstan seeks role as capital of 'New Silk Road' - Israel News ... - The Jerusalem Post

The Jerusalem Post

Kazakhstan seeks role as capital of 'New Silk Road' - Israel News ...
The Jerusalem Post
A general view of downtown with Kazakhstan's national oil company KazMunayGas (KMG) headquarters (front) in Astana, Kazakhstan.. (photo credit:REUTERS).
EBRD President meets Nazarbayev - AKIpress News AgencyAKIpress (press release) (subscription)

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Kazakhstan To Switch From Cyrillic to Latin - STRATFOR

STRATFOR

Kazakhstan To Switch From Cyrillic to Latin
STRATFOR
Kazakhstan has adopted a plan for a switch of the Kazakh language from Cyrillic to Latin. President Nursultan Nazarbayev personally advocated the move in a recent article in which he "instructed" the government to get the linguistic "transition" done ...



Why Kazakh capital Astana could become the world's next hot travel destination - The Independent

The Independent

Why Kazakh capital Astana could become the world's next hot travel destination
The Independent
It is not too far away from Europe, it has a futuristic skyline and a rich history and it could become one the world's hottest travel destinations. The city of Astana may be difficult to place on a map, but the capital of Kazakhstan is already becoming ...

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Eni, KMG strengthen ties offshore Kazakhstan - Offshore Oil and Gas Magazine

Eni, KMG strengthen ties offshore Kazakhstan
Offshore Oil and Gas Magazine
The JOC will make use of Eni's proprietary technologies for exploration and working in challenging technical and environmental areas such as the Caspian basin, pending approval for the license transfer by the Republic of Kazakhstan. In addition, Eni ...



#Kazakhstan: A model of inter-ethnic tolerance and social harmony ... - EU Reporter

Astana Times

#Kazakhstan: A model of inter-ethnic tolerance and social harmony ...
EU Reporter
With the continuing turmoil in Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East, the West is searching for allies and countries of stability to fight violent extremism.
After a quarter-century, Kazakhstan's foreign service has much to be ...Astana Times

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Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan deny reports they are in talks with Russia to send troops to Syria - Washington Post

Washington Post

Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan deny reports they are in talks with Russia to send troops to Syria
Washington Post
Reports that Russia is trying to persuade Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan to send troops to Syria have sparked confused and carefully worded denials from those two countries. Vladimir Shamanov, head of the defense committee of Russia's State Duma, told the ...
Kazakhstan Denies Talks On Sending Troops To SyriaRadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
Russia In Talks With Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan Over Military Deployment to SyriaEurasiaNet
Kazakhstan denies reports of talks on troop deployments to SyriaRT
Daily News & Analysis -Sputnik International
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Kazakhstan Capital of Astana May Soon Be Hot Tourist Destination ... - Newser

Newser

Kazakhstan Capital of Astana May Soon Be Hot Tourist Destination ...
Newser
For many people, Kazakhstan is probably best known as the home of fictional newscaster Borat, who made a mockery of the former Soviet republic in the hit ...
KAZAKHSTAN PREPARES SPECIAL TOURIST ROUTES WITHIN ...China Newswire (press release)
Minister visits Qatar's pavilion at Expo Astana - Gulf TimesGulf Times
More than 300,000 people have attended EXPO 2017 in two weeks ...Astana Times

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