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