GSPP and Nazarbayev University’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences, together with the Institute of Diplomacy at the Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Kazakhstan Council on International Relations jointly organized a forum to discuss approaches towards Afghanistan from major external players and also to assess Afghanistan’s impact on the greater Central Asian region. Speakers reflected on internal domestic issues in Afghanistan and foreign policies towards it, as well as the country’s involvement with regional organizations and projects.
GSPP professors and Ph.D students took part in the conference “Public Councils: Problems and Perspectives of Development” that took place in Karaganda on 25 September 2017. The conference was organized by the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Civil Society of the RK, Committee on Civil Society Affairs and Private Foundation “Institute for Cultural Development” aimed at increasing effectiveness of the Public Councils in Kazakhstan.
Mr Yerzhan Ashikbayev, Deputy Foreign Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan gave a talk on Kazakhstan’s Foreign Policy during the inaugural dialogue session on 6 October 2017. Since December, 2013 Yerzhan Ashikbayev has served as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Mr. Ashikbayev speaks English, Turkish and French, and holds the diplomatic rank of Envoy Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Second Class.
Nazarbayev University’s Graduate School of Public Policy held an orientation session for Master’s and Ph.D. program students. 64 students will start their classes on 4 September 2017.
Nazarbayev University’s Graduate School of Public Policy (NU GSPP) holds its 1st International Conference on Good Governance and Economic Diversification in Resource Rich Economies on 17 – 19 August 2017.
Conference organisers, Professors Weng Tat Hui and Colin Knox, said that it is attracting both international and Central Asian scholars and provides an opportunity to showcase the research being conducted in Nazarbayev University.