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Kazakhstan's foreign minister on his country's unlikely new role as Europe's democracy watchdog.

In a landmark for Central Asia, Kazakhstan this year has taken over the rotating chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) -- a key intergovernmental organization that monitors everything from security cooperation to political and human rights in 56 member states across Europe. It is the first former Soviet state, the first Muslim country, and the first country east of Austria to assume the chairmanship. But Kazakhstan is hardly a paragon of European democracy. Its authoritarian government, headed by longtime President Nursultan Nazarbayev, doesn't allow political parties to compete freely, is routinely accused of violating human rights, and is officially classified as "Not Free" by the U.S. NGO Freedom House. So how, ask critics, can Kazakhstan possibly be charged with upholding democratic standards in other countries?


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Richard Holbrooke: US has no plans to deploy military base in Uzbekistan

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Kazakhstan's role to be positive, but not decisive in talks over Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

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US Congress Hearing "Kazakhstan's Leadership of the OSCE": Video

The video of the CSCE Hearing on „Kazakhstan’s Leadership of the OSCE“ is now online:

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Kazakhstan's foreign minister on his country's unlikely new role as Europe's democracy watchdog.

In a landmark for Central Asia, Kazakhstan this year has taken over the rotating chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) -- a key intergovernmental organization that monitors everything from security cooperation to political and human rights in 56 member states across Europe.More ...

OSCE Chairperson meets U.S. Secretary of State Clinton

The U.S. role in the OSCE is key to the renewed security dialogue launched in the Organization, said the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Kazakhstan's Secretary of State and Foreign Minister, Kanat Saudabayev, today after talks with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.More ...

CSCE calls for Kazakhstan to lead OSCE by example

Leaders of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe today welcomed Kazakhstan’s leadership in organizing their Chairmanship of one of the world’s leading rights organizations, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, but Commissioners called on the newly-installed Chair-in-Office to lead the OSCE by example and improve its domestic human rights record.More ...

Overcoming the current crisis of confidence is crucial to tackling new threats to security, OSCE Chairperson tells U.S. Helsinki Commission

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Kazakh official warns against quitting Afghanistan

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Kazakhstan to intensify OSCE engagement to support security and stability in Afghanistan

Kazakhstan will play an active role in furthering OSCE initiatives to strengthen Afghanistan's borders, develop co-operation and enhance law enforcement activities, said the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Kazakh Secretary of State and Foreign Minister Kanat Saudabayev, at the international London Conference on Afghanistan today.More ...

Kazakhstan only part of the solution for Nabucco

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Kazakhs announce plans for OSCE

Kazakhstan says it will put the main emphasis on security and development, rather than democracy, during its chairmanship of the OSCE.

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev said the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe had for years been too fixated on Western values.
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US Response to Kazakhstani Foreign Minister Kanat Saudabayev

The United States is pleased to welcome Foreign Minister Saudabayev to the Permanent Council as the OSCE’s 2010 Chairman-in-Office. We are also pleased that President Nazarbayev took the opportunity to address us this morning. Both of these statements underscore Kazakhstan’s commitment to the OSCE and to a strong and successful Chairmanship.More ...

Educating Afghans not an OSCE pipe dream

Fresh from Kabul, Kazakhstan’s Foreign Minister Kanat Saudabayev vowed to strengthen the humanitarian dimension of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s strategy for Afghanistan when his country assumes the OSCE's chairmanship in January 2010. The situation in Afghanistan now appears to be definitely worse than it was a couple years ago.More ...