Kazakhstan Hosts Conference in Preparation for OSCE Chairmanship

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In preparation for assuming the Chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in 2010, the Republic of Kazakhstan will host a conference in Astana, Kazakhstan on October 28, 2009, that will include experts and policymakers from the United States, Europe, and Kazakhstan.

“For the past two years, Kazakhstan has gathered the best minds to prepare for assuming the OSCE Chairmanship. This meeting is one of many crucial to our success in 2010 as we work to identify priorities and develop strategies on how best to implement them”

The conference, “Kazakhstan’s OSCE Chairmanship: Challenges and Opportunities,” will open with welcome remarks from H.E. KanatSaudabayev, Secretary of State and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The conference will convene three panels of speakers who will address specific themes related to the OSCE.

“For the past two years, Kazakhstan has gathered the best minds to prepare for assuming the OSCE Chairmanship. This meeting is one of many crucial to our success in 2010 as we work to identify priorities and develop strategies on how best to implement them,” said Kazakhstan Secretary of State and Minister of Foreign Affairs KanatSaudabayev.

Panel I will address “Military and Security Dimension.” Speaking to this issue will be Martha Brill Olcott, senior associate with the Russian and Eurasian Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C.; BulatSultanov of the Kazakhstan Institute for Security Studies; Vladimir Socor, senior fellow and long-time senior analyst with the Jamestown Foundation; Stephan Minikes, former U.S. Ambassador to the OSCE; Sergey Fedoseev, head of the Military Strategic Studies Center; and JanuszBugajski, director of the New European Democracies Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. The Panel will be moderated by TalgatKaliev, head of the Foreign Policy Analysis and Forecasting Committee, Kazakhstan Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Panel II, “Environmental and Economic Dimension,” will be moderated by AzatBekturov, Vice Minister of Transport and Communications. Speakers include Richard Weitz, senior fellow and Director of the Center for Political-Military Analysis at the Hudson Institute; Michael Laubsch, executive director of the Eurasian Transition Group; and SagitIbatulin, head of the Executive Committee of the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea.

ErmukhametErtysbayev, the Counselor of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan; Margarita Assenova, executive director of the Institute for New Democracies; AskarShakirov, Ombudsman; BolatBaykadamov, head of the Institute for Parliamentary Development; MirbulatKunbayev, from the Association of the Editors-in-Chief; and MugulsumAmirova, from the Center for Studies and Consultation will speak during Panel III, which will focus on the “Human Dimension.”

The conference will be held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Astana and will begin at 9 a.m. Registration and breakfast will start at 8:30 a.m. This conference is one of many meetings and conferences that have been held in Washington, D.C. and Astana as Kazakhstan prepares to lead the OSCE in 2010. Kazakhstan will be the first ex-Soviet state to assume the OSCE Chairmanship.

Contacts

For Republic of Kazakhstan:
Joshua Heath, 703-303-7839
jheath@policyimpact.com

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