KAZAKHSTAN’S FOREIGN POLICY IN THE 1990s: BALANCING vs. MULTIVECTORISM

KAZAKHSTAN’S FOREIGN POLICY IN THE 1990s:
BALANCING vs. MULTIVECTORISM

By ANUAR AYAZBEKOV

University of St. Andrews, UK

WEDNESDAY, 28 MAY
17:00–18.00 / HALL #2
NEW BUILDING / KIMEP

Kazakhstan’s foreign affairs in the immediate post-independence period seems anomalous from the perspective of mainstream structural theories of IR. The alternative reading of the republic’s diplomatic history is done through the prisms of neoclassical realism and foreign policy analysis. The author uses extensive archival material to answer the question of why did the nation not balance or bandwagon with or against any of its powerful neighbours?