The Kazakhstan Council on International Relations (KCIR) was established as a non-profit analytical organization on the 10th of May, 2017. The President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev serves as a Honorary Chairman of the Council, while Advisor to the President of Kazakhstan Erlan Karin is the acting Chairman of KCIR.
The Advisory Board of the Council is comprised of many political dignitaries and experts in the field of foreign policy and security such as Assistant to the President of Kazakhstan Maulen Ashimbayev, Head of the Chancellery of the President of Kazakhstan Nurlan Onzhanov, Foreign Minister, former ambassadors and directors of the leading think-tanks of Kazakhstan.
Since its independence Kazakhstan produced a great number of scholars, experts and esteemed diplomats specializing in the area of international relations. At the same time, a new generation of professionals graduating from “international relations”, “political science” and “economics” departments, who also have experience studying abroad under the “Bolashak” educational program has become a growing trend. Drawing from international experience, the idea of KCIR is important and timely step to establish own analytical platform that will develop innovative approaches to the major foreign policy issues.
• Consolidate local experts in the field of the international relations
• Establish Kazakhstani school of international relations
• Create a shared data base of Kazakhstani experts and scientific works
• Discuss the key foreign policy initiatives of Kazakhstan based on profound and comprehensive analysis of the global trends