FILM, IDENTITY AND NATION-BUILDING IN KAZAKHSTAN

FILM, IDENTITY AND NATION-BUILDING IN KAZAKHSTAN
By Rico Isaacs, Oxford-Brookes University (UK)

THURSDAY, 18 FEBRUARY
17:30–18:30 / HALL 1
New Academic Building / KIMEP UNIVERSITY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rico Isaacs is a Reader in Politics at Oxford Brookes University. He holds as MSc in Russian and Post-Soviet Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a PhD in Politics from Oxford Brookes University. His broad research interests lay in Central Asian politics, nation-building, party development, authoritarianism and formal and informal post-Soviet politics. He is the author of Party System Formation in Kazakhstan: Between Formal and Informal Politics (Routledge, 2011) and has published articles on formal and informal institutions, charismatic authority, nation-building and Central Asian authoritarianism in a number of leading academic journals including Europe-Asia Studies, Democratization, Nationalities Papers and Electoral Studies. He is the co-editor (with Abel Polese) of a forthcoming volume on Nation-Building and Identity in the Post-Soviet Space: New tools and approaches (Ashgate 2016) and has a further two books forthcoming Film and Identity in Kazakhstan: Soviet and post-Soviet Culture (I.B Tauris, 2017) and Politics: an Introduction 3rd Edition (with Barrie Axford, Victoria Browne and Richard Huggins, Routledge, 2017). Rico has supplied consultancy for a number of agencies including Exclusive Analysis, The Electoral Integrity Project, V-Dem Varieties of Democracy Project, K2 Intelligence, Aprodev and the EU-Central Asia Monitoring Group (which is part of the Centre for European Policy Studies). He has also provided media commentary for Al Jazeera International, Eurasianet.org, The Guardian, The Washington Times, Business New Europe and Jylands-Posten on political developments in Kazakhstan and Central Asia.

LEGAL CULTURE IN KAZAKHSTAN

LEGAL CULTURE IN KAZAKHSTAN / Roundtable
THURSDAY, 19 NOVEMBER
16:00–17:30 / HALL 3
NEW BUILDING / KIMEP UNIVERSITY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Speakers:
Zhenis Kembayev, “Legal Culture in Kazakhstan: Past and Present”
Nicolás Zambrana-Tévar, “Dispute Resolution Culture in Kazakhstan”

Zhenis Kembayev is a Professor of Law, School of Law, KIMEP University in Almaty, Kazakhstan. His areas of expertise include Public International Law, Law of the European Union, Constitutional Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Theory and History of Law. He was a Fulbright scholar at the Southwestern University School of Law (Los Angeles, USA) in 2003/2004 and an Alexander von Humboldt fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (Heidelberg, Germany) in 2007/2008. He is also a recipient of a large number of other Kazakhstani and international scientific awards and scholarships. Professor Kembayev is the author of several books and numerous articles on public international law, international trade law, law of the European Union, history of European integration and constitutional law of Kazakhstan. He advised both governmental and non-governmental agencies on various public law issues and has presented papers at scores of legal conferences and public hearings around the world.

Nicolas Zambrana-Tevar studied law at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, spent a year in the army as a trainee officer and did an LLM in International Business Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has worked as a lawyer at Schlüter Überörtliche Anwaltssozietät, Fresfhields Bruckhaus Deringer and Garrigues Abogados y Asesores Tributarios. He has taught Private International Law at the University of Navarra School of Law (Pamplona) and has also been its Director of International Programs. He has completed a PhD dissertation at the same university with the topic “Applicable law in International Investment Arbitration” and has published extensively in the fields of commercial and investment arbitration, as well as in the field of Business and Human Rights. He has been a visiting professor at the East China University of Politics and Law (Shanghai), at the Centro Universitario Villanueva (Madrid) and at the Universidad delIstmo (Guatemala). He has been a member of the Academic Commission that advises the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the drafting of the National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights.

[ROUNDTABLE] RE-FRAMING EURASIA: EU-KAZAKHSTAN COOPERATION IN THE CHANGING WORLD

Time: 20 March 2015
Place: Hall 3, New Academic building, KIMEP University

15:00–15:10 Welcome note

15:10–16:30 Session 1: Views from Europe
Speakers:
Juris Maklakovs (Ambassador of Latvia to Kazakhstan)
Ole Johan Bjørnøy (Ambassador of Norway to Kazakhstan)
Kamen Velichkov (Head of Political Press and Information Section,
EU Delegation in Kazakhstan)

16:30–16:45 Coffee break

16:45–17:50 Session 2: Views from Kazakhstan
Speakers:
Nargis Kassenova (CASC Director, KIMEP University)
Tulegen Zhukeyev (Board of Trustees of Sarsenbayev Foundation)
Elnara Bainazarova (Security analyst)

17:50–18:00 Closing and tentative conclusions

Speaker biographies:

Juris Maklakovs is Ambassador of Latvia to Kazakhstan since 2011. He has a distinguished military and civilian career. After graduating from the Moscow Air Force Engineering Military Academy and USA Army War College he served as Commander of Air Forces (2004-06) and Chief of Defense of Latvia (2006-10). In 2010-11 he was Advisor of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia and Advisor of the Head of Directorate of Economical and Bilateral relations of the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Ole Johan Bjørnøy is Ambassador of Norway to Kazakhstan since 2012. His long and distinguished diplomatic career started with a posting as a Consul of the Norwegian Consulate General in Murmansk (1995-98). Later he served as Second Secretary at the Norwegian Embassy in Copenhagen and First Secretary at the Norwegian Embassy in Belgrade (1998), Chargé d’affaires at the Norwegian Embassy in Skopje and Adviser for the OSCE Coordination Unit (Norwegian Chairmanship) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1999), Adviser for the Department for European Policy (2000-02), Counsellor at the Norwegian Embassy in Sofia (2002-04), Chargé d’affaires at the Norwegian Embassy in Tirana (2004-07), and Senior Adviser (Section for Russia, Eurasia and Regional Cooperation) for the Department for Security Policy and the High North (2007). He has an MA Degree from the Volda University College, Norway.

Kamen Velichkov is Head of the Political Section of the EU Delegation to Kazakhstan since 2012. As a career diplomat he served in various positions, including charge d’affaires in Israel (1990-1992), Foreign Policy Advisor to the President of Bulgaria (1992-1996), Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Permanent Representative to the OPCW (1996-2001), and Ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand and Permanent Observer to UNESCAP (2008-2012). He was National coordinator of the UN Alliance of Civilizations initiative (2003 – 2008) and member of the High Level Reflection Group of the Kazakhstan’s Initiative “Our Common World: Progress through Diversity.” Appointed as roving Ambassador of Bulgaria for Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan (2004), Kamen Velichkov was deployed as Special Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office for Central Asia. He combines the work of a career diplomat with academic research and teaching at universities in Bulgaria and Europe. His areas of expertise include international relations and security issues, multilateral diplomacy and peacekeeping, comparative foreign policy of the Arab states, negotiations and conflict prevention, Islam and politics. A graduate of the Moscow Institute of International Relations, Kamen Velichkov conducted Ph.D. research at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

Nargis Kassenova is Associate Professor at the Department of International Relations and Regional Studies of KIMEP University (Kazakhstan) and Director of the KIMEP Central Asian Studies Center (CASC). Her areas of research include Central Asian security, Eurasian geopolitics, energy security, and Kazakhstan’s foreign policy. She holds an MA and PhD in Political Science from Nagoya University, Japan.

Tulegen Zhukeyev is Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Sarsenbayev Foundation. In the 1990s and first half of the 2000s he served in a number of important government positions shaping the foreign and security policy of the newly independent Republic of Kazakhstan as State Advisor and Deputy Chair of the Security Council (1992-93), Secretary of the Security Council (1994), Ambassador to South Korea (1995-1999), and Ambassador to Iran (2000-2004). In 2005 he returned to Kazakhstan to co-found the Block of Democratic Forces “For Just Kazakhstan.” Since then Tulegen Zhukeyev actively participated in politics and was a leader in a number of parties and movements, including “Azat”, “Ak Zhol”, “True Ak Zhol” and United Social-Democratic Party (OSDP).

Elnara Bainazarova is a security analyst and area studies specialist for Eurasia. She holds a PhD degree in International Relations from al-Farabi Kazakh National University and is currently working at the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Kazakhstan. She has extensive experience in research and analysis of regional security and multilateral institutions in the region with a special focus on the SCO, CICA and Kazakhstan’s official development assistance policy. Before joining the EU Delegation, Dr Bainazarova has worked as the Head of the International Studies Centre at the Institute for World Economy and Politics under the First President of Kazakhstan Foundation.

ROUNDTABLE: “IS THERE FUTURE FOR LIBERAL IDEAS IN KAZAKHSTAN?” / КРУГЛЫЙ СТОЛ: “ЕСТЬ ЛИ БУДУЩЕЕ У ЛИБЕРАЛЬНЫХ ИДЕЙ В КАЗАХСТАНЕ”?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Registration required! /Требуется регистрация! / Please email to / Пожалуйста напишите: shynar.zeinolla@kimep.kz

Language: English and Russian (simultaneous translation)
Язык: английский и русский (синхронный перевод)

On 20 February, KIMEP Central Asian Studies Center (CASC) and Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Kazakhstan are hosting a roundtable

“IS THERE FUTURE FOR LIBERAL IDEAS IN KAZAKHSTAN?”

The roundtable will start with a review of the main concepts of liberalism and its multiple interpretations, and then proceed to the discussion of liberal ideas in Kazakhstan, the past, present and future, both from the perspective of political and economic development.

Program:
Moderator: Nargis Kassenova(CASC Director)14:30–15:00 Registration, Refreshments 15:00–15:10 Welcome note

15:10–15:50 Alessandro Frigerio (KIMEP University):Liberalisms

15:30–16:30 Aidos Sarym (Political scientist):The Liberal Idea in Kazakhstan: Past, Present and Future

16:30–17:10 Anuar Ushbayev (Tengri Partners):The Role of Liberalism in Economic Progress

17:10–17:30 General discussion and closing
17:30–18:00 Refreshments
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20 февраля Центр центральноaзиатских исследований Университета КИМЭП и Фонд Фридриха Эберта в Казахстане представляют круглый стол

“ЕСТЬ ЛИ БУДУЩЕЕ У ЛИБЕРАЛЬНЫХ ИДЕЙ В КАЗАХСТАНЕ?”

Круглый стол начнется с обзора основных концепций либерализма и его различных интерпретаций, а затем перейдет к обсуждению прошлого, настоящего и будущего либеральных идей в Казахстане с точки зрения как политического, так и экономического развития страны.

Программа:
Модератор: Наргис Касенова (директор CASC)

14:30–15:00 Регистрация, напитки
15:00–15:10 Приветственное слово

15:10–15:50 Алессандро Фриджерио (КИМЭП):
«Либерализмы»

15:30–16:30 Айдос Сарым, политолог:
«Либеральная идея в Казахстане: прошлое, настоящее и будущее»

16:30–17:10  (Tengri Partners):
«Роль либерализма в экономичесском прогрессе»

17:10–17:30 Общая дискуссия и подведение итогов
17:30–18:00 Напитки, закуска

KAZAKHSTAN’S ECONOMY: ENTERING THE TURBULENCE ZONE [Roundtable]

REGISTRATION REQUIRED!
Please email to: shynar.zeinolla@kimep.kz

THURSDAY, 13 NOVEMBER
10:00–13:00 / HALL #237
VALIKHANOV BUILDING / KIMEP

KIMEP Central Asian Studies Center (CASC)
Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Kazakhstan

Roundtable “Kazakhstan’s Economy: Entering the Turbulence Zone”

The discussion will focus on multiple challenges facing Kazakhstan’s economy at the moment: falling oil prices, exchange of sanctions between the West and Russia and worsening condition of the Russian economy, and internal constraints on economic development and effective crisis management. It will also address the issue of budget spending and how the economic crisis can affect social expenditures.

Program:
Moderator: Nargis Kassenova

09:30–10:00 Registration, Refreshments
10:00–10:10 Welcome note

10:10–10:30 Speaker 1 Nadeem Naqvi (KIMEP University):
Economic Effects of 2014 Crude Oil Price Fall on Kazakhstan

10:30–10:50 Speaker 2 Olzhas Khudaibergenov (Association of Economists of Kazakhstan):
Beyond Oil, Beyond Borders: External Factors Influencing Kazakhstan’s Economic Development

10:50–11:20 Questions & answers
11:20–11:40 Coffee break

11:40–12:00 Speaker 3 Sabit Khakimzhanov (Halyk Finance):
Internal Constraints on Countercyclical Policy

12:00–12:20 Speaker 4 Zhanibek Khassan (Zertteu Research Institute):
The State Budget as a Reflection of Government Policies: Declarations vs. Reality

12:20–13:00 Questions & answers / Closing
Language: English

Nadeem Naqvi is Professor at the Department of Economics, KIMEP University. In 1999-2000 he served as a consultant for the World Bank. His areas of research include International Trade, Theory of Value, Social Choice, Foundations of Individual Choice, Non-binary Preferences. He received his MA in Economics from Delhi School of Economics (1981) and Southern Methodist University (1983), and his PhD in Economics from the Southern Methodist University (1984).

Oraz Jandosov is Director of RAKURS Center for Economic Analysis. He held a number of high-level positions: he served as First Deputy Minister of Economy and Chairman of the National Agency on Foreign Investment (1993-94); First Deputy Governor of the National Bank of Kazakhstan (1994-96); Governor of the National Bank of Kazakhstan (1996-98); First Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the State Committee on Investment (1998-99); Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance (1999); President of Kazakhstan Electricity Grid Operating Company (KEGOC) (1999-2000); Deputy Prime Minister (2000-01); Chairman of the Board Of Kazakhstan’s Association of Financial Institutions (2001-2); Assistant to the President of Kazakhstan for economic and financial issues (2003); Chairman of the Agency for Regulation of Natural Monopolies and Protection of Competition (2003-4). In 2002-8 he was Co-Chairman of the Democratic Party of Kazakhstan “Ak Zhol” (later “Nagyz Ak Zhol”).
He holds a graduate degree in Economics from the Moscow State University (1986).

Sabit Khakimzhanov is Member of the Management Board at Halyk Finance since March 2013, Head of Research since 2008. Before joining Halyk Finance, Sabit Khakimzhanov taught economics at the University of Minnesota (1998-99), Bilkent University, Turkey (1999-2002), KIMEP, Kazakhstan (2002-2007), Kazakh-British Technical University, Kazakhstan (2007). He worked as a manager of technical assistance projects for USAID Central Asia (1995-96). In 2000s he consulted the World Bank, ADB, International Labor Organization, and the National Bank of Kazakhstan on matters of social security, labor market policy, finance and monetary policy. He has a degree in mining engineering from Kazakh Polytechnic Institute, a Candidate in Engineering degree from the Russian Academy of Sciences (1991), Master of Sciences and PhD degree in Applied Economics from the University of Minnesota (1995, 1999).

Zhanibek Khassan is Director of Public Foundation “Zertteu Research Institute” He is an expert in the field of good governance, budget transparency and public accountability with nearly 10 years of experience in international development with background in providing technical support to civil society organizations on policy research, government accountability and transparency in public finance. He served as Director of the program for Soros Foundation at their Public Finance Transparency division providing technical oversight for the project in collaboration with government officials and international organizations such as International Monetary fund (IMF) and Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and local NGOs.

 

NATO’S ENGAGEMENT WITH KAZAKHSTAN AND CENTRAL ASIA: POST-SUMMIT, POST-ISAF

THURSDAY, 9 OCTOBER
17:00–18:00 / HALL #237
VALIKHANOV BUILDING / KIMEP

1. “NATO’s engagement with Partners in Central Asia” by ALEXANDER VINNIKOV
(NATO Liaison Officer/Head of office, Central Asia)

2. “The results of the NATO Wales Summit and NATO’s future cooperation with Partners” by DESPINA AFENTOULI
(Programme Officer for Partnerships, Public Diplomacy Division, NATO HQ)

3. “NATO’s partnership with Kazakhstan” by TANYA HARTMAN
(Officer for Kazakhstan, Political Affairs and Security Policy Division, NATO HQ)

The speakers will present an overview of NATO’s cooperation with Kazakhstan and other partners in Central Asia, in the context of both the recent NATO Summit and the upcoming end of the ISAF mission in Afghanistan.

UNFULFILLED PROMISE OF KAZAKHSTAN: THE ROLE OF PROTEST MOBILIZATION

By Nurseit Niyazbekov
KIMEP University

THURSDAY, 2 OCTOBER
17:30–18.30 / HALL #2
NEW BUILDING / KIMEP

In her seminal work, Kazakhstan: unfulfilled promise, Martha Brill Olcott argues that from being a post-communist country promising great hopes for democratization in early 1990s, Kazakh leadership soon took controversial policies in country’s political reforms thus jeopardizing its post-independence promises. While the role of structural and institutional factors in the decline of democratic performance has received some scholarly attention, the role of popular masses has been somewhat overlooked.

The present talk tries to address the gap in the literature by examining the role of popular protest mobilization in Kazakhstan’s early democratization and its immediate breakdown. We will see if public radicalism is facilitative or destructive to democratic transition. Moreover, we will shed light on why and how did post-communist incumbents decide when to give in and when to give up on public’s demands. Original research findings are used to emphasize the facilitative function of protest mobilization and to claim that democratization stalled due to decline of protest in the mid-1990s.

Nurseit Niyazbekov is Assistant Professor at the Department of Public Administration, KIMEP University. He received his PhD in Politics from the University of Oxford in 2013. His main research interests are democratization, social movements, civil society and political culture.

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?

DILEMMAS OF COMPATIBILITY: RETHINKING GULF COOPERATION COUNCIL – KAZAKHSTAN RELATIONS

DILEMMAS OF COMPATIBILITY: RETHINKING GULF COOPERATION COUNCIL – KAZAKHSTAN RELATIONS

BY LUCA ANCESCHI
University of Glasgow

WEDNESDAY, 9 APRIL
17:30–18.30 / HALL #1
NEW BUILDING / KIMEP

The 21st century is often presented as the ‘Asian Century’, with media and international observers remarking that Asia is now as interconnected as  globalised as ever before. But there are part of the wider Asian continent that have continued not to interact with each other throughout the post-Soviet era. Come and listed to Central Asia-watcher, Luca Anceschi from University of Glasgow, presenting the reasons behind the failure to launch the partnership between Kazakhstan and the Gulf states.

[ROUNDTABLE] TENGE DEVALUATION: CAUSES AND IMPLICATIONS

CASC ROUNDTABLE:
TENGE DEVALUATION: CAUSES AND IMPLICATIONS

Panelists:
Dr. Nadeem Naqvi (Department of Economics)
Dr. Gerald Pech (Department of Economics)
Dr. Nygmet Ibadildin (Department of International Relations & Regional Studies)

WEDNESDAY, 19 FEBRUARY
17:00–18.30 / HALL #237
VALIKHANOV BUILDING / KIMEP