Speeches & Statements

18.03.2019: The Astana Times article – “EU-Kazakhstan relations evolving cooperatively, providing a model for region, says European envoy”

11.03.2019: Financial Times article – “Uzbekistan: why investors are propelled to ‘frontier’ markets”

27.02.2019: The World Bank press release – “Boosting Financial Protection Against Natural Disasters is Critical for Economies in Central Asia”

21.02.2019: The Diplomat article – “Trains, Planes, and Automobiles: Central Asia Is Reconnecting With Itself”

12.02.2019: The Guardian article – “A backpacker’s guide to Uzbekistan: a one-month itinerary”

31.01.2019: CNN Travel article – “From eerie Soviet ghost towns to incredible hospitality, exploring ‘the Stans'”

23.01.2019: The Asia Times article – “How Astana is leading the way in Central Asia”

16.01.2019: The Diplomat article – “Can a ‘Silk Visa’ Boost Tourism in Central Asia?”

21.12.2018: Forbes article – “As Global Markets Cool, Investors Find Warmth In Central Asia’s Infrastructure”

21.12.2018: The Astana Times article – “Kazakhstan seeks peace, international prosperity in year of turmoil”

07.12.2018: The Astana Times article – “Think tank presents recommendations for new EU strategy for Central Asia”

30.11.2018: The Astana Times article – “Kazakhstan presents proposals for new EU Strategy on Central Asia”

30.11.2018: EurasiaNet article – “Perspectives | Light and nostalgia in Tajikistan”

27.11.2018: VOA article – “Long-Closed Uzbekistan Opens Up to the World”

22.11.2018: The Diplomat interview – “Paul Stronski on Central Asia’s Big Questions”

19.11.2018: The Diplomat article – “It’s Time to De-Sovietize Our Perspective on Central Asia”

19.11.2018: The Financial Times article – “Investors scramble for Kazakhstan’s euro-denominated bonds”

14.11.2018: Cosmos Magazine article – “To adapt to a changing climate, Kyrgyzstan looks to the past”

09.11.2018: Forbes article – “Goldman Sachs Follows China Into Kazakhstan”

06.11.2018: The Astana Times article – “Kazakhstan’s peacekeeping mission to Lebanon is another contribution to peace”

06.11.2018: Financial Times article – “The next steppe: can Kyrgyzstan become an adventure tourism hotspot?”

31.10.2018: Asia Times article – “India making inroads in Central Asia”

26.10.2018: Eurasianet article – “For Uzbekistan, teaching spells prosperity in Afghanistan”

19.10.2018: Speech by Nursultan Nazarbayev at the 12th ASEM Summit

17.10.2018: EurActiv article – “Nazarbayev: Partnership in Eurasia can strengthen the world system”

17.10.2018: Al Jazeera article – “On the reform path: Uzbekistan opens up after years of isolation”

17.10.2018: The Washington Times article – “Is Central Asia becoming a model for religious tolerance?”

12.10.2018 – CGTN article – “What kind of opportunities does the SCO present to Central Asia?”

09.10.2018: Times of Central Asia article – “Is Russia becoming Central Asia’s ‘near abroad’?”

09.10.2018: AFP article – “Kazakhstan embraces Latin script in break with past”

04.10.2018: The Diplomat article – “Kazakhstan Hopes to Net Greater Energy Profits with Karachaganak Agreement”

25.09.2018: National Geographic article – “5 Underrated Destinations in Central Asia”

21.09.2018: BBC Uzbek article – “Uzbekistan: Land of a thousand shrines”

18.09.2018: The Astana Times Op. Ed. article – “Belt and Road: path of mutually beneficial development and shared prosperity of #China and #Kazakhstan”

18.09.2018: RFE/RL article – “A Vision Of Central Asia’s Energy Future”

13.09.2018: Digital Energy article – “Kazakhstan’s green energy future”

13.09.2018: The Diplomat article – “Uzbekistan: Building on Centuries of Inter-Religious Harmony”

10.09.2018: CACI Analyst article – “UNGA Adopts Resolution on Strengthening Cooperation in Central Asia”

10.09.2018: Global Times article – “New financial oasis shines in Kazakh capital”

05.09.2018: Nikkei Asian Review article – “Kazakhstan seeks sweet spot in US-China-Russia power game”

27.08.2018: The Diplomat article – “India’s Soft Power at Play in Central Asia”

21.08.2018: EurActiv article – “Uzbekistan opening up”

21.08.2018: The Diplomat article – “Why Central Asia Is Betting on China’s Belt and Road”

13.08.2018: Geopolitical Monitor article – “Central Asia and Afghanistan: Helping Your Neighbor”

13.08.2018: TRTWorld article – “Is the new ‘Great Game’ a China-Russia duel over Central Asia?”

07.08.2018: Foreign Affairs article – “Central Asia’s Precarious Path to Development”

07.08.2018: Fitch Solutions Press Release – “One Belt One Road: Central Asia As Largest Mining Beneficiary”

27.07.2018: Forbes article – “Almaty: An Emerging Destination For Global Travelers And A Center Of Culture For Locals”

27.07.2018: EurasiaNet article – “Central Asia sees opportunity in US-China trade war”

27.07.2018: The Interpreter article – “Kazakhstan steps into the sun”

23.07.2018: Washington Diplomat article – “Astana, Kazakhstan’s Modern Capital, Turns 20 Years Old”

12.07.2018: Geopolitical Monitor article – “Central Asia in 2018: What’s the Future of the C5+1?”

09.07.2018: EURACTIV article – “China’s Belt and Road initiative, explained by Kazakhstan”

09.07.2018: Global Times article – “A first-hand look at how ordinary people in Central Asia benefit from cooperation with China”

04.07.2018: Asian Development Bank article – “4 ways to transform landlocked countries”

04.07.2018: Foreign Policy article – “Uzbekistan’s New Era Might Just Be Real”

29.06.2018: The Conversation article – “Central Asia is the new economic battleground for the US, China and Russia”

20.06.2018: The Astana Times article – “Kazakhstan has ‘enormous opportunities’ to develop tourism, expert says”

15.06.2018: The Astana Times article – “EBRD and Kazakhstan: trusted partners”

12.06.2018: Forbes article – “Kazakhstan’s New Capital Is Growing Up Quick”

12.06.2018: Address of the Participants of “Astana: The City of Peace’’ International Conference

07.06.2018: Euractiv article – “Astana praised as the ‘capital of Central Asia’”

07.06.2018: AV Magazine article – “Silk Road opens Central Asia to European pro AV”

04.06.2018: PV Magazine article – “Central Asia’s Green Horizons”

30.05.2018: Statement by French Ministry of Foreign Affairs – “Opening of the France-Kazakhstan Investment Forum”

25.05.2018: The Diplomat article – “Seizing Economic Opportunities in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan”

25.05.2018: International Policy Digest article – “Kazakhstan Setting a Global Precedent in Defence and Security Industry Focus”

22.05.2018: The Independent article – “Eight Reasons to go to Uzbekistan”

22.05.2018: InDepthNews article – “Kazakhstan Promotes Sustainable Development Goals in Global Diplomacy and International Activities”

17.05.2018: IMF Paper – “Opening Up in the Caucasus and Central Asia: Policy Frameworks to Support Regional and Global Integration”

17.05.2018: White House statement – “The United States and Uzbekistan: Launching a New Era of Strategic Partnership”

14.05.2018: IMF Country Focus – “Five Key Questions: The Caucasus and Central Asia Economic Outlook”

14.05.2018: The Diplomat article – “Central Asia Opens the Door to Afghanistan”

09.05.2018: EuroMoney article – “Kazakhstan Belt and Road Initiative: The road to somewhere”

09.05.2018: CACI Analyst article – “China’s Belt and Road Initiative: Relieving Landlocked Central Asia”

04.05.2018: Eurasianet article – “Perspectives | Kazakhstan is Central Asia’s migration outlier”

04.05.2018: The Diplomat article – “China’s Belt and Road Gets a Central Asian Boost”

30.04.2018: Statement by the Kazakh Ministry of Foreign Affairs – “Kazakhstan hails inter-Korean accords”

30.04.2018: East Asia Forum article – “Will regional integration bring political liberalisation in Central Asia?

25.04.2018: The Astana Times article – “Central Asia must build relationships, seek solutions from inside out”

20.04.2018: The Economist article – “What’s in it for the Belt-and-Road countries?

18.04.2018: The Astana Times article – “Kazakhstan Fashion Week gathers best designers”

13.04.2018: The Diplomat article – “Connecting Asia: Uzbekistan Looks to Capitalize on Central Asia’s Transport Potential”

09.04.2018: STRATFOR article – “Central Asia’s Economic Evolution From Russia To China”

06.04.2018: The Diplomat article – “The Rise of Regionalism in Central Asia?”

03.04.2018: East Asia Forum article – “China and Russia’s uneasy partnership in Central Asia”

03.04.2018: BBC article – “Spring in Tashkent: Is Uzbekistan really opening up?”

27.03.2018: CACI Analyst article – “The Reemerging Self-Confidence of Central Asia”

21.03.2018: The Jamestown Foundation article – “Central Asia Ready to Move on Without Russia”

21.03.2018: The Astana Times article – “Central Asia: one region with many faces and common prosperity”

15.03.2018: The Astana Times article – “Cooperation prospects and security challenges for Central Asia”

12.03.2018: IWPR article – “Opening Up Uzbekistan to Tourism”

01.03.2018: The Diplomat article – “High Hopes for Mending Tajikistan-Uzbekistan Relations Ahead of State Visit”

26.02.2018: The Astana Times article – “UN in Kazakhstan: 25 years of two-way street cooperation”

15.02.2018: Eurasianet article – “A Guide to Central Asia’s Sacred Spaces”

12.02.2018: EurActiv article – “Projecting soft power as an imperative for the EU in Central Asia”

08.02.2018: EurActiv Infographic – “The EU-Kazakhstan agreement in an nutshell”

16.01.2018:  The Hill article – “Trump’s meeting with Kazakhstan president is important gesture of cooperation”

16.01.2018: Eurasianet article – “The Rail Deal for Central Asia”

08.01.2018: Reuters article: “China’s new ‘Silk Road’ cannot be one-way, France’s Macron says”

27.11.2017: The Astana Times article – “‘Flowering’ Central Asia will build security and prosperity from within, expert on region says”

27.11.2017: Reuters article – “Uzbekistan opens the door, a crack”

22.11.2017: Statement by the Members of the ECFA Advisory Council on the Iran Nuclear Deal

22.11.2017: The Astana Times article – “Kazakh, British foreign ministers agree to greater transit, Silk Road cooperation”

15.11.2017: Politique Internationale article by Dr. Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Chair of the ECFA Advisory Council – “Europe and Kazakhstan – Partnerships and Prospects” (French version)

13.11.2017: The Astana Times article – “Experts say Kazakhstan’s European aspirations merit support, recognition”

09.11.2017: The Diplomat article – “Central Asia’s Road to Prosperity Runs Through a Peaceful Afghanistan”

03.11.2017: Statement by the Kazakh Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the outcomes of the seventh round of the Astana Process on Syria

03.11.2017: The Asia Times article – “Uzbekistan paves way for Central Asia business reforms”

02.11.2017: Nasdaq.com article – “Keep reform momentum going, IMF urges Uzbekistan”

01.11.2017: Independent Journal Review article – “To Win in Afghanistan, US Needs Regional Partners in Eurasia”

31.10.2017: EurActiv article – “Kazakhstan minister: Our international mediation capacity is growing”

31.10.2017: The Express Tribune article – “A new era of cooperation for Central Asia”

26.10.2017: New York Times article – “Once Closed and Repressive, Uzbekistan Is Opening Up”

26.10.2017: Huffington Post article – “Central Asia Should Be At The Heart Of America’s ‘New Silk Road’ Policy”

19.10.2017: EurActiv article – “Kazakhstan is getting closer to OECD membership”

19.10.2017: The Astana Times article – “The OECD and Eurasia: partners for an inclusive globalisation” (by Mr. Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General)

19.10.2017: Chatham House article – “Kyrgyz Election Shows There Is Another Way Forward in Central Asia”

11.10.2017: Remarks by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Roman Vassilenko at “The EU-Eurasia-China Business Summit” (Athens, October 9, 2017)

10.10.2017: TIME article – “Kyrgyzstan’s President on Democracy, Islam, and Being Friends with Putin”

05.10.2017: Remarks by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan Roman Vassilenko at a meeting of the Berlin Eurasian Club

04.10.2017: The Economic Times article – “India and China new players in Central Asia’s ‘Great Game’”

29.09.2017: The Diplomat article – “Uzbekistan in the Spotlight”

25.09.2017: Remarks by Kazakh Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov at General Debate of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly

25.09.2017: Remarks by Aksoltan T. Ataeva, Permanent Representative of Turkmenistan to the United Nations, at the General Assembly’s 72nd session (Russian transcript)

21.09.2017: Remarks by H.E. Almazbek Atambayev, President of the Kyrgyz Republic, at the General Debate of the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly

19.09.2017: Address by H.E. Shavkat Mirziyoyev, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, at the General Debate of the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly

19.09.2017: Address by H.E. Emomalii Rahmon, President of the Republic of Tajikistan, 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (video)

18.09.2017: The Astana Times article – “Life after EXPO: What awaits buildings and infrastructure?”

15.09.2017: Forbes article – “Eurasia’s Latest Economic Reboot Can Be Found In Uzbekistan”

12.09.2017: New York Times article – “Can a Giant Science Fair Transform Kazakhstan’s Economy?”

05.09.2017: Euractiv article – “Minister: Multiculturalism flourishes in Kazakhstan”

05.09.2017: Euractiv article – “Kazakh minister: Two ‘revolutionary’ stories are happening in Central Asia”

01.09.2017: The Washington Post article – “A uranium bank just opened in Kazakhstan to stop the spread of nukes”

01.09.2017: Euractiv article – “Kazakhstan steps up reform efforts but says Europe still keeping distance”

28.08.2017: Eurasianet article – “Diplomacy Flurry as Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan’s Leaders Meet”

25.08.2017: The New York Times article – “In Kazakhstan, a World Expo Is All About Energy (and Dancing)”

23.08.2017: The Diplomat article – “Pugwash and Kazakhstan’s Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament”

21.08.2017: Euractiv article – “Expert: Modernisation is a genuine goal for Kazakhstan”

09.08.2017: The Astana Times article – “Kyrgyz election – what it could portend for Central Asia” (interview with ECFA Director Zhanbolat Ussenov)

09.08.2017: Foreign Affairs article – “Central Asia’s Encouraging Development”

07.08.2017: Jerusalem Post article – “Israel and Kazakhstan’s Futurist Vision for Central Asia”

03.08.2017: Nikkei Asian Review article – “Uzbekistan opens door to Central Asian integration”

02.08.2017: The National Interest article – “America’s next Security Competition Will Be in Central Asia”

28.07.2017: The Diplomat article – “China and Russia in Central Asia: Rivalries and Resonance”

21.07.2017: Forbes article – “Kazakhstan Bets Big On China’s Silk Road”

14.07.2017: The Astana Times article – “Celebrating U.S.-Kazakhstan Ties at World EXPO 2017”

09.07.2017: The Diplomat article by H.E. Kairat Abdrakhmanov – “EXPO 2017 in Astana Will Contribute to Global Sustainable Development”

06.07.2017: The Diplomat article – “Afghanistan and Turkmenistan: A Model for Regional Economic Cooperation”

29.06.2017: The Washington Times article – “With big changes, Kazakhstan tries to chart a new path”

16.09.2017: Bloomberg article – “Here’s the Latest Bet From the Central Bank That Outsmarted Soros”

09.06.2017: The Diplomat article – “Center of the World: This Week in Astana, Kazakhstan”

02.06.2017: The Astana Times article – “Central Asian integration: more real than ever?”

02.06.2017: The Astana Times article – “UN Central Asia regional centre’s goal is to help build trust, its head says”

26.05.2017: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty article – “Is This The Start Of Regional Cooperation In Central Asia?”

26.05.2017: The Washington Times article – “Kazakhstan, an unlikely purveyor of peace”

24.05.2017: Financial Times article – “Kazakhstan Comes In From The Cold”

24.05.2017: Atlantic Council article – “By Changing Alphabet, Kazakhs Take Another Step Toward the West”

26.04.2017: Article by Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev – “Course towards the future: modernization of Kazakhstan’s identity” (+ Fact Sheet)

08.12.2016: Statement by Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan H.E. Erlan Idrissov at the plenary session of the OSCE Council of Foreign Ministers

01.12.2016: Foreign Policy article – “Trump Reaches Out to Central Asia, Looking For a Back Door to Russia”

04.11.2016: Forbes article – “For Investors, Can Kazakhstan’s Ambitious Frontier Market Dreams Pay Off?”

04.11.2016: Forbes article – “Kazakhstan Bonds Are Better Than U.S. Treasurys”

03.11.2016: Financial Times article – “Kazakhstan: ‘Bigger than one person’”

08.10.2016: Article by Kazakh Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov – “Kazakhstan shows denuclearization works”

07.10.2016: EU Reporter article – “#Kazakhstan shows international influence does not depend on nuclear firepower”

04.10.2016: Press Release: “European Union – Central Asia Ministerial Meeting, 4 October 2016”

04.10.2016: European Council Press Release: “EU-Kazakhstan: first Cooperation Council since signature of the enhanced partnership and cooperation agreement”

26.09.2016 – The Straits times article: “On board the Kazakh express as it picks up speed”

22.09.2016 – Article by ECFA Director Mr. Zhanbolat Ussenov: “Europe and Kazakhstan: A Trade Link Made in Heaven”

16.09.2016 – The Diplomat article: “What Central Asia Means to the United States”

19.05.2016 – Article by H.E. Erlan Idrissov: “Kazakhstan: An Exercise in Democracy”

13.04.2016 – Kazinform Interview with Ms. Federica Mogherini, Vice-President of the European Commission

31.03.2016 – Remarks by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan Roman Vassilenko at the conference “EU Global Strategy and Central Asia: Vision and Instrument”

22.02.2016 – Article by Mr. Rapil Zhoshybayev: “Why Changing Energy Markets Add Relevance to EXPO 2017 Astana”

03.02.2016 – Article by H.E. Erlan Idrissov: “Why Kazakhstan Is Going to the Polls Early”

21.12.2015 – EU – Central Asia Meeting: in Search of Joint Solutions for Regional Problems

21.12.2015 – Remarks by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini following the EU-Central Asia Ministerial Meeting

02.12.2015 – Speech by H.E. Erlan Idrissov – Second Annual Meeting of the Advisory Council of the Eurasian Council on Foreign Affairs, Vienna

02.12.2015 – Speech by Dr. Benita Ferrero-Waldner – Second Annual Meeting of the Advisory Council of the Eurasian Council on Foreign Affairs, Vienna

30.11.2015 – Astana Times Editorial – “OSCE: In Greater Demand Than Ever”

21.10.2015 – “Kazakhstan: A Country to Watch”; article by Tobias Elwood, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

28.09.2015 – Address by President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan at the opening debate of the 70th session of the UN General Assembly, New York

04.08.2015 – Speech by Rep. Ed Whitfield to the US House of Representatives concerning the IAEA Fuel Bank in Kazakhstan

29.05.2015 – Op-Ed Article by H.E. Erlan Idrissov – Syria’s chaos casts a deep shadow over our future

23.01.2015 – Interview with Iveta Grigule, MEP – Chair of the Delegation to the EU-Kazakhstan, EU-Kyrgyzstan, EU-Uzbekistan and EU-Tajikistan Parliamentary Cooperation Committees and for relations with Turkmenistan and Mongolia

12.12.2014 – Article by H.E. Galymzhan Koishybayev, Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the Republic of Finland

09.12.2014 – Speech given by Greg Quinn, British Chargé d’Affaires to Kazakhstan

25.11.2014 – Press Release on Deputy Foreign Minister Zhoshybayev’s Visit to Austria

12.11.2014 – Comments by Dr. Václav Klaus – Launch of the Eurasian Council on Foreign Affairs

12.11.2014 – Speech by H.E. Erlan Idrissov – Launch of the Eurasian Council on Foreign Affairs