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11 January 2008
Kazakhstan’s Secretary of State Kanat Saudabayev Receives Professor Frederick Starr, the Chairman of the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute (Washington)

At the meeting, the sides discussed issues of regional security and development in Central Asia, the condition and prospects of cooperation between Kazakhstan and other countries in the region and the USA.

“The growing interest in Kazakhstan of not only U.S. Administration and Congress, but also of experts’ community demonstrates the leading position of our state in the region, and its potential to assist in resolving important international problems,” Kanat Saudabayev said.

The Secretary of State noted President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s global initiatives on strengthening stability and security in the region and internationally are becoming more required.

Professor Frederick Starr said Kazakhstan became a reputable member of the world community what is demonstrated by Kazakhstan’s election to the post of the OSCE Chairman.

“Kazakhstan’s chairmanship in the OSCE in 2010 is an accomplishment of the Kazakhstani diplomacy and the entire country. That would be impossible without a stable situation in the country. Kazakhstan plays an important role not only in the region, but in the whole continent,” Frederick Starr said at a press briefing.


Professor Frederick Starr is one of the most reputable American experts on regional issues and U.S. policy. He heads the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute established in 1996 at John Hopkins University. The institute is focused on research work, hosts a forum gathering politicians and experts from Central Asia and the USA, and offers analytical reports for the executive and legislative power branches and also for the business community of the USA.

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