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Possibilities and Pitfalls in the US-Kazakhstan Relationship

Date & Time

Apr. 25, 2024
10:00am – 11:00am ET


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In the more than thirty years since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Kazakhstan has firmly established itself on the international stage. In 2024, the country will chair the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the Organization of Turkic States, and the Collective Security Treaty Organization. But what is the status of the US–Kazakhstan relationship? Does the United States see Kazakhstan as a national security partner, given its shared border with Russia; as an economic partner, given its critical mineral wealth; or does the US see something else? In this discussion, three experts will discuss Kazakhstan’s role in geopolitical affairs, as well as the strengths and weaknesses in the current US-Kazakhstan relationship.


Suzanne Loftus

Suzanne Loftus

Global Fellow;
Former Professor of Strategic Security Studies, George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies; Adjunct Associate Professor, Georgetown University 
Picture of Shalkar Nurseitov

Shalkar Nurseitov

Executive Director, Center for Policy Solutions
Image of Yerkin Tukumov

Erkin Tukumov

Director, Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies

Hosted By

Kennan Institute

The Kennan Institute is the premier US center for advanced research on Eurasia and the oldest and largest regional program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The Kennan Institute is committed to improving American understanding of Russia, Ukraine, Central Asia, the South Caucasus, and the surrounding region though research and exchange.  Read more

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