Presidential Elections in Kazakhstan
Tuesday, 5 May 2015, from 5 to 7 PM
Kazakhstan conducted snap elections for the presidency on 26 April, 2015, with President Nazarbayev winning by 97% of vote. While critics question whether opposition candidates were given adequate time to mobilize their campaigns, defenders argue that this vote of confidence in the existing leadership of the country is reassuring to the country's international partners and investors at a moment of considerable stress throughout the region. Speakers will provide first-hand insights on the election and broader perspectives.
By Ariel Cohen
By John C.K. Daly
Kazakhstan's Challenging Geopolitical Environment
Tuesday, 31 March 2015, from 5 to 7 PM (reception at 5 p.m., followed by main program at 5:30)
Kazakhstan, Central Asia's largest economy, faces daunting geopolitical challenges. How will Kazakhstan address developments in Ukraine, the Eurasia Economic Union, and in Afghanistan? Three experts from Kazakhstan share their thoughts on these and related issues.