When Kazakhstan gained Independence in 1991 it confronted the twin challenge of developing both a foreign policy and diplomatic corps from scratch. Unlike other newly independent countries, Kazakhstan possessed enormous borders, vastly larger and influential neighbours and an immediate need to embrace an active and engaged foreign policy.
This has been built on two mutually reinforcing main pillars: adopting a balanced model based on openness towards the outside world and assuming the role of a responsible and trusted power that contributes to global security.
KazakhstanUNSC.com – a multilingual website dedicated to Kazakhstan’s bid to secure a seat as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for the years 2017/18 – is today pleased to present the twelfth in its series of Occasional Papers, entitled “Kazakhstan’s Foreign Policy”.
This paper briefly reviews Kazakhstan’s foreign policy, strategic partnerships, and participation in international organisations, touching upon its contribution to a stable Afghanistan and the regional neighbourhood. It concludes by outlining the challenges that lie ahead and how Kazakhstan’s new, modernised foreign policy proposes to address them.
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