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Asian, European, or both? Kazakhstan can be safely called a true Eurasian country. A founding member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation who plays football in the UEFA European Championships. Its president Nursultan Nazarbayev likes to say that Kazakhstan is regaining its former Silk Road function as a bridge between the two continents and has planned… » read more

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To the casual observer, Kazakhstan can be a tricky country to get to grips with. In 2010 they scored a major diplomatic coup by becoming the first post-Soviet country to chair the OSCE, where they hosted the stagnant organisation’s first summit in 11 years. While its neighbour Kyrgyzstan descended in chaos, Kazakhstan seemeed an oasis… » read more

Posted by conorbjorn