Regional Universities Go Global Amid Corona

By Ekaterina Tsaranok The concept of higher education has been well established for well over a thousand years. According to UNESCO and Guinness World Records, the University of Al-Karaouine located in Fes, Morocco, is the world’s oldest existing and continuously operating higher education institution in the world, having been established in 859. With international education…

Never Mind the Fraudster, What About her Victims?

A conference at the Press Club in Brussels heard last week that a group of six Members of the European Parliament had, independently of their political groups, written to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and other senior political figures calling for them to overturn a legitimate judicial decision and grant asylum to a convicted fugitive. The…

Turkic Council Members Unite in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic

The Turkic Council Secretary General Baghdad Amreyev has praised the cooperation, resilience and solidarity among the member countries of the Turkic Council in fighting the coronavirus pandemic. Stressing that the international community should exert coordinated and determined efforts in the fight against COVID-19, he emphasized that the global community must undertake united action against this…

OSCE hears concerns over subversion of religious institutions

Kazakhstan is known not only for its lead in the issue of multi-lateral nuclear disarmament, but also for its significant contribution to ensuring dialogue between religions existing on the Earth, having founded in 2003 the permanent international interfaith institute “Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions”. In June 2021, in the capital of Kazakhstan,…

MORE OF A “CORONATION” THAN AN ELECTION

The preliminary results of the Presidential election in Kazakhstan based upon exit polls from yesterday’s voting indicate that Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has emphatically won with over 70% of the votes giving him a clear victory over the other 6 candidates. The nearest contender was former journalist Amirzhan Qosanov with just over 16 %. The final official…

Astana Economic Forum Discusses Challenges and Opportunities to Achieve Sustainable Growth

By Eli Hadzhieva, Guest Contributor. The prominent speakers at this year’s Astana Economic Forum (AEF), organised at the futuristic EXPO Congress Centre of Nur-sultan on 16-17 May, disagreed on many issues, such as the role of the government in managing the economy or the optimal industrialisation path for developing countries but one thing was clear…

Kazakhstan Presidential Elections

In just under one month’s time on Sunday 9th June, 12 million Kazakh voters – just over two thirds of the population of the largest land-locked country in the world – will go to the polls to elect a new President. The election follows on the resignation in March of the widely respected President Nursultan…

Conflict Resolution, Time For A New Approach?

Conflict Resolution

Against a backdrop of increasing violence and armed conflict in the world, a high level conference in Brussels heard heartfelt pleas for peace, and discussed the need for new means of conflict resolution, writes James Wilson. “I am very glad that the issue of this conference is not conflict prevention, but conflict resolution”, Frank Schwalba-Hoth,…