Kazakhstan | Wilson Center


Who Benefits from the Customs Union?

Translated by Nic Wondra

Illuminating the Kazakh Nomadic Culture: American Travelers (1870-1920)

Kazakhstan is rich in natural resources and ancient, unique cultures that have long attracted attention of Western travelers. Early American travelers made significant contributions in preserving Kazakhstan’s history as witnesses to its nomadic culture and through their photographs, drawings, and diaries. Among these travelers, Saule Satayeva includes Kennan Institute namesake George Kennan who, together with American painter George Frost, wrote evocative essays and created numerous drawings and photographs.

Islam in Eurasia Policy Conference

The Islam in Eurasia Policy Conference combined the latest scholarship and informed discussion of the critical issues facing the U.S. Government in this key part of the world as 2014 approaches. It was the culminating event of a multiyear research project supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Its first half-day was devoted to the project’s up-to-date academic research findings on Islam in the post-Soviet space, followed by a reception.

The End of Ethnic Integration in Southern Central Asia (1981)

Washington, D.C.: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Kennan Institute Occasional Paper Series #159, 1981. PDF 28 pages.

"Akkyz:" A Film about Tradition and Modernity in Contemporary Kazakhstan

Nine-year old Aruzhan lives in harmony with nature on a deserted island, together with her mother and brother. Unwittingly echoing an ancient Kazakh legend, about the creation of the world from the egg of the Sacred White Swan, she tries to protect two abandoned swan eggs. Her brother, meanwhile, seeks opportunity in the city. Neither realizes the price they might pay. Akkyz is a beautiful film about the meeting point, and sometimes conflict, of man and nature, modernity and tradition.

The Kazakh Famine of 1930-33 and the Politics of History in the Post-Soviet Space

“The 1930-33 famine in Kazakhstan claimed the lives of 1.5 million people, approximately 1.3 million of whom were ethnic Kazakhs, yet the causes of this disaster remain largely unexamined,” said Sarah Cameron, Title VIII-Supported Research Scholar, Kennan Institute at a 26 March 2012 lecture. Over a quarter of the population vanished, altering the territory, demographics, and identity of Kazakhstan.

Prospects for American Investors in Kazakhstan

William Veale, Executive Director, U.S.-Kazakhstan Business Association

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The Kennan Institute speaker series is made possible through the generous support of the Title VIII Program of the U.S. Department of State.