Tuesday, 04 February 2014

CACI Forum: Book launch for “Kazakhstan 2050: Toward a Modern Society for All”

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Tuesday, 4 February 2014

CACI Forum

Book launch for “Kazakhstan 2050: Toward a Modern Society for All”



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 Book information available HERE


Keynote Speaker:

Johannes F. Linn, Senior Resident Scholar, Emerging Markets Forum, and Project Leader/Co-Editor of Kazakhstan 2050: Toward a Modern Society for All


Special Guest:

Karim Massimov, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Nazarbayev University



Shigeo Katsu, President, Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan, and Co-editor of “Kazakhstan 2050: Toward a Modern Society for All”

Harinder Kohli, President, Centennial Group and Emerging Markets Forum


S. Frederick Starr, Chairman, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute, Johns Hopkins University-SAIS

Tuesday, February 4, 2-3:30 p.m.

Rome Auditorium, 1st Fl.,

SAIS, Johns Hopkins University

1619 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.

Washington, DC 20036

To register for this Forum please email your name and affiliation to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by noon, Feb. 3

After over two decades of independence, Kazakhstan’s development represents a success story among its post-Soviet neighbors, in terms of socio-economic development and political stability. In December 2012, President Nazarbayev announced a new vision and strategy (“Kazakhstan 2050”), building on the successful implementation of the earlier national strategy “Kazakhstan 2030”, which had guided the country’s recovery since its announcement in 1997 at a time when Kazakhstan had reached the nadir of its deep post-independence recession.  With the announcement of the strategy “Kazakhstan 2050” – reiterated and amplified in various subsequent speeches, most recently in his address to the Nation in January 2014 – President Nazarbayev asked the citizens of Kazakhstan to raise their sights and aim to achieve the ambitious goal of joining the club of top 30 developed economies by 2050. At the same time, the President also requested Nazarbayev University to convene a group of independent experts to elaborate a framework for implementation of the strategy 2050.

This event will launch the resulting book “Kazakhstan 2050: Toward a Modern Society for All” (Oxford University Press, 2014), prepared by the Centennial Group International in collaboration with the National Analytic Center of Nazarbayev University. The book assesses the vision of Kazakhstan 2050 and its feasibility; explores the current conditions in Kazakhstan, the international outlook, and the lessons from comparator countries; reports on in-depth analysis and policy recommendations in seven priority areas; and considers crosscutting principles to guide policy making in an uncertain environment.  The main author Johannes Linn will provide an overview of the principal findings and recommended policy actions.

Karim Massimov, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Nazarbayev University, will lay out the background, motivation and key aspects of this Presidential initiative.  This will be followed by an introduction by the panelists of the expert study and its main findings and implications. A limited number of complementary copies of the book will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The Central Asia-Caucasus Institute & Silk Road Studies Program form a Joint Transatlantic Research and Policy Center focusing on Central Asia, the Caucasus, and Turkey. The Central Asia-Caucasus Institute, affiliated with Johns Hopkins University-SAIS, Washington, D.C., is a primary institution in the United States for the study of the region. The Silk Road Studies Program, affiliated with the Stockholm-based Institute for Security and Development Policy, is its European counterpart. Additional information about the Joint Center, as well as its several publications series, is available at www.cacianalyst.org.

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    WASHINGTON -- U.S.-based diplomats from Central Asia, a region long dominated by Russia and more recently China, say they are eager for more engagement with the United States.

    Many American foreign policy experts agree that a more robust relationship would be mutually beneficial, though U.S.-based nongovernmental organizations express deep concerns about human rights and authoritarian rule in the five countries: Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.

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    "Recent visit by 20 companies to Kazakhstan as a part of certified U.S. trade mission, including technology giants like Apple, Microsoft, Google, but also other partners like Boeing, have shown a growing interest," Ashikbayev said.

    The Kazakh diplomat described a "synergy" of economies and diplomatic efforts. All Central Asian states are committed to dialogue, trade and multilateralism, he said. "As we are witnessing the return of the divisive bloc mentalities almost unseen for 30 years, it's in our best interest to prevent Central Asia from turning into another battleground of global powers."

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    This is the only region that doesn't have its own organization, said Starr, arguing that the U.S. could support this effort. "We have not done so, probably because we think that this is somehow going to interfere with their relations with their other big neighbors, the north and east, but it's not going to. It's not against anyone."

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    "Japan, the European Union, Russia, China, their top leaders have visited. … No U.S. president has ever set foot in Central Asia," he said. He added that regional officials are left to wonder, "Are we so insignificant that they can't take the time to visit?"

    Starr urges U.S. President Joe Biden to convene the C5+1 in New York during the 78th session of the U.N. General Assembly in September. "This would not be a big drain on the president's time, but it would be symbolically extremely important," he said. "All of them want this to happen."

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