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  • Assistant Secretary Blake’s Call with Central Asian Journalists
    Assistant Secretary Blake’s Call with Central Asian Journalists

    ASSISTANT SECRETARY BLAKE: Thank you very much, Karly, and I’d like to extend a very warm good morning to all of our friends in Central Asia. I think this is a very good mechanism to share information and have a good dialogue with our friends in the press, so if this is a success we might try to do more of this in the future. I thought I would just take a few minutes ..  

  • Kazakhstan's Independence Day
    Kazakhstan's Independence Day

    Secretary Clinton: On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of the Republic of Kazakhstan as you celebrate your independence on December 16. The United States was honored to be the first nation to recognize an independent Kazakhstan and welcome you into the community of nations 19 years ago. Recently, I witnessed ..  

  • U.S. Mission Recognizes Kazakhstan's Civil Society on International Human Rights Day

    On December 10 in Almaty, Consul General Michael Snowden hosted a roundtable to commemorate International Human Rights Day. The event celebrated the work of Kazakhstan’s human rights defenders and looked ahead to Kazakhstan’s post-OSCE chairmanship future. At the roundtable, representatives from ..  

  • Human Rights Day 2010
    Human Rights Day 2010

    Secretary Clinton: When Eleanor Roosevelt presented the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to the UN General Assembly, she proclaimed: "We stand today at the threshold of a great event, both in the life of the United Nations and in the life of mankind." On December 10, 1948, the world moved to recognize and protect the equal ..  

  • Ambassador Hoagland meets with Astana Alumni Association
    Ambassador Hoagland meets with Astana Alumni Association

    On December 8, Ambassador Hoagland met with alumni of U.S. Government-sponsored exchange programs from the Astana Alumni Association ..  

  • Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA)
    Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA)

    The Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA) provides international teachers with unique opportunities to develop expertise in their subject areas, enhance their teaching skills and increase their knowledge about the United States ..  

  • Alumni Grants Program
    Alumni Grants Program

    The United States Embassy Public Affairs Section accepts applications to its Alumni Grants Program. The purposes of this program are to provide alumni with networking opportunities, to further the professional development of alumni and their colleagues, and to assist them in the implementation and dissemination ..  

  • Kazakhstan’s president, Nursultan Nazarbayev, welcomes U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on her arrival for the OSCE summit in Astana on December 1.
    Clinton Calls For Strengthened OSCE

    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called on the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) to expand its role in promoting human rights, preventing regional conflicts and enhancing security across the continent. Clinton spoke December 1 at the OSCE summit in Kazakhstan’s capital, Astana ..  

  • Remarks by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton at OSCE Intervention
    Remarks by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton at OSCE Intervention

    SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you very much, Mr. President, and I thank you, the chairman in office and the government and people of Kazakhstan for your gracious welcome to this beautiful capital city and for hosting this important summit.This is a significant meeting ..  

  • Clinton, Kazakh Foreign Minister Saudabayev after their meeting
    Clinton, Kazakh Foreign Minister Saudabayev after their meeting

    MODERATOR: (Via translator) Welcome to (inaudible) Chairman of the OSCE, State Secretary and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Saudabayev and U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. FOREIGN MINISTER SAUDABAYEV: (Via translator) (Inaudible), first of all, to thank you for your great interest in the work of this Astana summit ..  

  • Clinton’s Town Hall Meeting at Eurasian University in Astana
    Clinton’s Town Hall Meeting at Eurasian University in Astana

    AMBASSADOR ZHARBUSSYNOVA: Ladies and gentlemen, today I am truly honored to welcome the Secretary of State Madam Hillary Clinton. Madam, all of us present here today are grateful that despite the challenging schedule and the long flight, you were willing to have this meeting with representative of the civil society ..  

  • Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will attend the 2010 OSCE Summit December 1–2 in Astana, Kazakhstan.
    Secretary Clinton to Attend OSCE Summit in Kazakhstan

    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will attend the 2010 Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Summit December 1–2 in Kazakhstan, a senior U.S. diplomat says. “We hope that this event will shine a light on positive developments in Central Asia and the role that the OSCE has played .. More »

  • Ambassador speaks at the Kulanshi Gallery Exhibit Opening Featuring Two American Painters
    American Painters at the V International Art Forum Kulanshi

    Two American painters, Phil Epp and Leah Newman, were featured at the opening of the V International Art Forum at the Kulanshi Art Gallery in Astana on November 18th. Mr. Epp, a painter from Kansas who often paints scenes of his home state and who visited Kazakhstan over one year ago, was selected to become part of the Art in Embassies Program within the United States Department of State. As part of the program, his paintings are normally found at the Ambassador’s Residence at the U.S. Embassy in Astana.  More »

  • The U.S. Embassy celebrated the 11th annual International Education Week by organizing an education fair in Astana.
    Education Fair in Astana

    The U.S. Embassy celebrated the 11th annual International Education Week by organizing an education fair in Astana. More than 2,000 students attended the event and had the opportunity to interact with Embassy representatives, alumni associations, Education USA advisers, IREX, American Councils, and representatives from many American universities and military service academies. Jeffrey Sexton, Public Affairs Counselor, opened the fair followed by the Bolashak Scholarship Program President, the Senior specialist of the Secondary Education Department, and the President of the Astana Alumni Association. International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of State. It celebrates the importance and benefits of international education in the United States and around the world.  More »

  • Ambassador speaks with Business Council of Young Diplomats
    Ambassador Meets with Future Diplomats

    On November 10, 2010 Ambassador Hoagland spoke at an event organized by the Business Council of Young Diplomats on the topic of U.S.-Kazakhstan relations and prospects for cooperation. Thirty five first-year and second-year students from Eurasia University, Kazakh University of the Humanitarian Sciences and Law, and a branch of Moscow State University attended the meeting.  More »

  • U.S. Ambassador Richard Hoagland and famous U.S. actor, director and producer John Malkovich participate in The Second U.S. –Kazakhstani Film Festival press conference
    John Malkovich Visits Kazakhstan for the U.S.-Kazakhstani Film Festival

    The Second American – Kazakhstani Film Festival, organized and sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Kazakhstan and the Kazakhstani company, Eurasia Film Productions, took place in Almaty on October 29-31. The collaborative effort brought together the American Embassy and key figures from the American and Kazakhstani film industries. The film makers included the well known U.S. actor, producer and film director John Malkovich and U.S. producer Michael Fitzgerald.  More »

  • International Education Week in Astana
    International Education Week in Astana

    International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of State. It celebrates the importance and benefits of international education in the United States and around the world. This year’s theme is International Education: Striving for a Sustainable Future.  More »

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. represents a “Great Person of the Past” at the World Forum of Spiritual Culture.
    Photo Exhibition "Great Men of the Past with Us"

    In honor of the World Forum of Spiritual Culture (WFSC) organized by the Government of Kazakhstan on October 18-20, 2010, the Palace of Peace and Concord in Astana organized a photo exhibition entitled “Great Men of the Past with Us.” Thirty three diplomatic missions in the Republic of Kazakhstan provided photos of one “Great Person of the Past” who represented their country at the exhibition. More »

  • Chuck Mills discusses entrepreneurship with university students
    Small Business Founder Discusses Entrepreneurship in Kazakhstan

    Chuck Mills, an expert on entrepreneurship and founder of two successful businesses in the United States, spoke to students, economic experts, and banks in Astana and Almaty from October 2 - 9, 2010. In Astana, he visited a high school for gifted children and met with business and economics students at local universities. Mr. Mills also met with economic researchers currently examining small business development in Kazakhstan. In Almaty, he met with university students and participated in a roundtable with local banks. More »

  • CityDance performs modern ballet in Astana
    CityDance Brings Modern Ballet to Kazakhstan

    The U.S. Embassy in Kazakhstan brought CityDance Ensemble, one of the United States’ preeminent modern dance companies, to Kazakhstan on September 20-26, 2010. CityDance performed in Almaty to a sold-out audience at the Opera and Ballet Theater and conducted master classes for the Choreography Institute and Samruk, a contemporary dance company. The Ensemble performed in Astana at the Congress Hall before nearly 900 students of the Daryn schools, sharing the stage with the Atyrau Music Academy Ballet School and the Semey Ballet School.  More »

  • Vladimir Ossochenko, Pamela Spratlen and Vladimir Konstantinov at USTDA grant signing ceremony
    U.S. Chargé d’affaires, to Announce USTDA Award of $1.8 Million to Improve Maritime Safety and Energy Security

    On September 24, U.S. Charge d’affaires Pamela Spratlen announced the signing of three grant agreements by the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) totaling $1.8 million to improve maritime safety and energy security in Kazakhstan.  More »

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    Ambassador Receives Bolashak Alumni at Residence

    On September 9th, U.S. Ambassador Richard Hoagland opened his home to 30 Bolashak alumni for a dinner reception. The Ambassador began the evening by expressing his belief that the Bolashak program has been one of President Nazarbayev’s most successful and farsighted initiatives. Since its inception in 1993, the Bolashak Presidential Scholarship has allowed more than 6,000 Kazakhstani students to pursue higher education abroad at the world’s best universities. More »

  • Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (KTZ) President Askar Mamin and U.S. Ambassador to Kazakhstan Richard Hoagland during the signing in ceremony. (U.S. embassy photo)
    USTDA Grant Conferred to Kazakhstani Railways (KTZ)

    On September 10, U.S. Ambassador to Kazakhstan Richard Hoagland conferred a $655,188 grant from the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) to Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (KTZ) President Askar Mamin for a feasibility study to improve the country’s rail system. The study will help KTZ improve its train control and signaling systems to allow for the safer and more efficient operation of railway networks.  More »

  • Richard E. Hoagland and Serik Baimagambetov during a signing ceremony. (U.S. Embassy photo)
    US-Kazakhstani Anti-Trafficking Protocol Signed

    On September 7, Richard E. Hoagland, U.S. Ambassador to Kazakhstan, signed a protocol to the Memorandum of Understanding on Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement between the United States and the Republic of Kazakhstan with Kazakhstani Minister of Internal Affairs, Serik Baimagambetov.  More »

  • Brazzaville band performs at the Palace of Peace and Concord on September 1, 2010 (U.S. Embassy photo)
    Brazzaville Brings American Rock Music to Kazakhstan

    The end of summer and the beginning of the new school year was marked by the arrival of Brazzaville, an American rock band from Los Angeles, California. The group performed in Karagandy, Astana, and Almaty and worked with students at the Astana Music Academy, the School for Visually Disabled Children in Almaty, and the Almaty Children’s Library. Brazzaville connected with audiences in each city and the band’s soft rock music captivated young listeners.  More »

  • U.S. Ambassador Participates in a Press Conference to Announce Ambassador's Fund for Cultural Preservation Grant to Restore Kazakh Carpet-Weaving Traditions

    On August 27th, at the Kazakhstani Press Club in Almaty, U.S. Ambassador Richard Hoagland participated in a press conference with Aizhan Bekkulova of the non-governmental organization “Our Heritage”. The aim of the conference was to announce Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation Grant of USD 47,000 granted to “Our Heritage” foundation to help restore and promote the carpet-weaving traditions of southern Kazakhstan. Working in partnership with local women in South Kazakhstan Oblast, Ms. Bekkulova’s project will seek both to preserve indigenous weaving techniques and to provide producers with the knowledge to market their carpets globally. More »

  • U.S. Ambassador Richard E. Hoagland speaks at Iftar dinner. (U.S. Embassy photo)
    Ambassador Hoagland hosted Iftar dinner

    ontinuing an Embassy tradition, Ambassador Richard Hoagland hosted an Iftar dinner at his residence in Astana on August 24 for guests from the diplomatic corps, religious organizations, the government of Kazakhstan, Kazakh media, and universities. After prayers, for which the Embassy provided special rooms, guests enjoyed a traditional iftar (“auyzashar” in Kazakh) dinner.  More »

  • Lt. Gen. Webster of the U.S. Third Army talking to the press at the 2010 Steppe Eagle opening ceremonies.
    2010 Steppe Eagle Exercises Begin in Almaty Region

    At a training center in Ilisky, Kazakhstan, U.S., British, and Kazakhstani armed forces are holding an eight-day training event to prepare for joint operations in Central Asia. The exercises, known as Steppe Eagle, have been held annually in Kazakhstan since 2003. On August 16th, the opening ceremony took place at the site and included speeches from Lt. Gen. Webster, commander of the U.S. Third Army, and Gen. Col. Saken A. Zhasuzakov, First Deputy of the Republic of Kazakhstan.  More »

  • Aiman Zhamankulova from Oskemen, Kazakhstan, receives certificate “Coordinator of the Year.”
    American Corners Workshop in Almaty

    On August 11-13, U.S. Embassy Astana invited American Corners (AC) coordinators from several Central Asian countries to Almaty for its fourth annual AC workshop. American Corners is a program that brings English-language resources and information about the U.S. to libraries and other local organizations around the world. There is an American Corner in more than 10 Kazakhstani cities from Uralsk to Almaty. 32 AC coordinators, representing four Central Asian republics, attended the workshop, where they shared their experiences and brainstormed ways to improve the AC program. Deputy Chief of Mission, Pamela Spratlen and Public Affairs Officer, Jeffrey Sexton from U.S. Embassy Astana welcomed participants to the workshop, together with Information Resource Officer, William Middleton from Washington D.C. More »

  • Karen Kerrigan, a leading U.S. advocate for small businesses and entrepreneurs and President of the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council, visited Kazakhstan from August 1-7.
    U.S Small Business and Entrepreneurship Expert in Kazakhstan

    Karen Kerrigan, a leading U.S. advocate for small businesses and entrepreneurs and President of the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council, visited Kazakhstan from August 1-7. During her visit, organized by the U.S. Embassy in Kazakhstan, Kerrigan met with Kazakhstani government officials, representatives of business associations, and experts in the field of economics in Astana, Almaty, Karaganda, and Taldykorgan. Kerrigan described the situation of small businesses and entrepreneurs in the United States, and shared her views on the development of business in Kazakhstan.  

  • U.S Special Representative Farah Pandith is being interviewed by Shymkent TV companies
    U.S. Special Representative Farah Pandith visits Kazakhstan

    U.S. Special Representative to Muslim Communities Farah Pandith visited Kazakhstan July 30 – August 4 to further President Obama’s commitment to a new relationship with Muslims around the world based on mutual respect, mutual interest, and mutual responsibility. Ambassador Pandith visited the cities of Almaty, Shymkent, and Turkestan, where she met with religious officials, NGOs, students, scholars, and the media to discuss Islam in the United States, Central Asia and Kazakhstan, as well as issues of freedom of speech and freedom of religion. 

  • U.S. Special Envoy for Eurasian Energy Morningstar visits Kazakhstan
    U.S. Special Envoy for Eurasian Energy Morningstar visits Kazakhstan

    U.S. Special Envoy for Eurasian Energy Richard Morningstar visited Kazakhstan July 27-28. Ambassador Morningstar met with Prime Minister Karim Masimov and Oil and Gas Minister Sauat Mynbayev to discuss diversification of export routes, sanctity of contracts, and the importance of a stable, transparent investment climate. On July 28, Ambassador Morningstar held a roundtable with reporters at the U.S. Embassy to discuss his visit and to answer questions.  Transcript »

  • DCM Launches Bicycle Expedition
    DCM Launches Bicycle Expedition

    On July 16, DCM Pamela Spratlen participated in the opening ceremony of the “To the Center of the Kazakh Land” bicycling expedition. This event was organized by U.S. government alumni from Karaganda, along with the Avalon Public Foundation, and is sponsored by the U.S. Embassy. The organizers of the event are Dana Sadykova, an alumna of the International Visitors Leadership program and Vitaliy Shuptar, the Avalon President and the leader of the expedition. DCM Spratlen emphasized that the U.S. Embassy is proud that alumni of U.S. government-sponsored programs are bringing back to Kazakhstan the ideas they gained during their exchange programs in the United States .. More »

  • Alumni Photo Contest
    Alumni Hold Disabilities Photo Contest

    July 1, 2010 - PAO Jeff Sexton participated in the award ceremony for the winners of the Equal Access and Equal Life photo contest sponsored by the U.S. Embassy’s Alumni Grants Program and organized by the Alumni Leaders League along with other international alumni. The photo contest raised public awareness of the challenges faced by people with special needs in the modern world. The contest judges comprised U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Officer Jeffrey Sexton and Cultural Affairs Officer Susanne Kuester, the famous Russian-Kazakh film director Timur Bekmambetov, and the popular Kazakhstani singer Karina Abdullina. More than 500 photographs were entered in the contest, which received substantial media coverage. More »

  • a group of students
    KIMEP Students Visit the U.S. Embassy

    June 9, 2010 - Chargé D'Affaires Pamela Spratlen welcomed 62 KIMEP students to the Embassy. The students had an opportunity to ask her questions on topics ranging from U.S.-Kazakhstani political and economic relations, to the ongoing economic crisis, to educational opportunities in the United States. Later in the day, the students toured the Embassy.  More »

  • two women sitting together
    Annual NATEK Conference in Kyzylorda

    With the financial support of the U.S. Embassy, the 9th Annual NATEK (National Association of Teachers of English of Kazakhstan) Conference “Building Bridges: English Language Across Kazakhstan” was held in Kyzylorda on May 27-29, 2010. More than 170 participants had the opportunity to share their English teaching experience, conduct workshops, and discuss different issues surrounding teaching and learning English. Two English Language Fellows, George Mano and Adam Blankinship, were invited as keynote speakers to the conference and demonstrated many innovative methods and techniques in teaching English to the participants of the conference. Read More »

  • NASA guests with audience.
    NASA Guests in AC Karaganda

    June 1, 2010 - The American Corner in Karaganda hosted Mark Bowman, Joel Montalbano, and Robert Navias of the National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA). Mr. Bowman, Deputy Director of NASA's Human Space Flight Program in Russia, told guests about the NASA International Space Station Program and its counterparts in the Russian aerospace community. Mr. Montalbano, Director of the Human Space Flight Program – Russia at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, gave visitors insight into the Shuttle-Mir Program. Mr. Navias, who is also called "the voice of NASA," offered information about NASA's public relations office. Forty participants, including teachers and students from Karaganda Technical University, Peace Corps volunteers, and alumni of U.S. government-sponsored programs, enjoyed this event immensely. Read More »

  • Ari Roland Jazz Quartet
    Ari Roland Jazz Quartet Visits Kazakhstan

    May 28, 2010 - The Ari Roland Jazz Quartet, a group of American jazz musicians sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Kazakhstan, performed at the Opera and Ballet Theater in Astana. The quartet, who also taught master classes and performed in Aktau, Atyrau, and Pavlodar, includes John Mosca (trombone), Zaid Nasser (alto saxophone), and Keith Balla (drums). The musicians thrilled their Kazakhstani audiences with jazz arrangements of traditional Kazakh songs. Read More »

  • Writer Ana Castillo
    Writer Ana Castillo Visits Kazakhstan

    Ana Castillo visited Almaty, Taraz, and Shymkent May 18 - 29 and conducted a series of presentations, discussions, and roundtables on women's rights, literature, creative writing, and self-expression of various ethnic groups in the United States. Her audiences in Kazakhstan varied from teenagers to academics, journalists to women's NGO leaders, aspiring writers to students. Read More »

  • ribbon cutting ceremony
    Ambassador Hoagland Speaks at Inauguration of Kazakhstan

    Peacekeeping Brigade Language and Staff Training Center U.S. Ambassador Richard E. Hoagland spoke and presented awards to Kazakhstani KAZBRIG soldiers during an opening ceremony of a renovated Language and Staff Training Center at the Kazakhstan Peacekeeping Brigade (KAZBRIG) Headquarters in Almaty on April 27th. The $780,000 renovation was completed on February 28, 2010 by a local construction company with U.S. funding and oversight. In his remarks, Ambassador Hoagland said, “The renovation of this facility enables KAZBRIG to improve English-language skills, operational readiness, and planning capabilities to conduct Peacekeeping Operations as part of United Nations-sanctioned multinational operations. Achieving these critically important goals is important to local, regional, and global security and stability. As we all know, the soldiers here today are the most critical part of achieving those goals.” Read More »

  • a woman and child planting a tree
    U.S. Embassy in Kazakhstan Celebrates Earth Day

    April 22, 2010 - Volunteers from the U.S. Embassy and QSI International School in Astana, headed by Chargé d'Affaires a.i. Pamela L. Spratlen, marked Earth Day by planting trees and cleaning up an area near the Palace of Peace and Concord offered by the Astana City Akimat. Earth Day was originally initiated by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970, and is now a global celebration of the environment and a time for people to assess the work still needed to protect nature. Read More »

  • ribbon cutting ceremony
    American Corner Opened in Astana

    April 22, 2010 - In Astana, Chargé d'Affaires, a.i. Pamela L. Spratlen opened a new American Corner at the National Academic Library of the Republic of Kazakhstan. At the opening ceremony Chargé d'affaires a.i. Spratlen was joined by Ilyas Kozybayev, Chairman of Culture Committee of the Ministry of Culture, representatives of the Akimat of Astana, and Rakhimzhan Otarbayev, Director of the National Academic Library. The Astana American Corner, like all American Corners in Kazakhstan, is a joint venture between the U.S. Embassy and the host library. American Corner will provide current and reliable information about the United States and will serve as a venue for a variety of events and activities. Its multimedia materials, books, and periodicals will be accessible to visitors interested in American culture. Read More »

  • General Petraeus and Ambassador Hoagland
    General Petraeus Visits Astana

    April 5, 2010 - General David Petraeus, Commander of the United States Central Command, visited Astana, Kazakhstan. During his visit, General Petraeus met with Minister of Defense Adilbek Dzhaksybekov and Deputy Minister of Defense Bolat Sembinov, Secretary of State – Foreign Minister Kanat Saudabayev, and Chairman of Security Council Marat Tazhin to build on the already strong strategic partnership that exists between Kazakhstan and the United States. On behalf of the President of the United States, Barack Obama, and U.S. Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, General Petraeus awarded Kazakhstan’s Deputy Minister of Defense, Bulat Sembinov, with the Legion of Honor medal for his contribution to such operations as Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. General Petraeus expressed his appreciation for the work Kazakhstan is doing to support coalition efforts in Afghanistan and discussed ways in which the two nations can cooperate more closely in the area of security, including in supporting Afghan reconstruction and stability. Media Roundtable »

  • students with general's wife
    U.S. General’s Wife Visits Schools in Astana

    April 5, 2010 - Mrs. Petraeus met the students and teachers of linguistic gymnasium #17 and school-lyceum #54. Mrs. Petraeus, who was in Astana accompanying her husband, U.S. Central Command Commander General David Petraeus, enjoyed the impressive program of Kazakh traditions, culture, and cuisine put on for her at both schools. Gymnasium #17 also treated Mrs. Petraeus to a performance of Cinderella and a visit to their World War II museum. Before visiting the 2 schools, Mrs. Petraeus toured the Nur Astana Islamic Center, guided by the imam’s assistant. Read More »

  • men at a groundbreaking ceremony
    Ambassador Hoagland Breaks Ground for the Central Reference Laboratory

    March 30th, 2010 - U.S. Ambassador Richard Hoagland officially broke ground for a Central Reference Laboratory on the premises of the Kazakh Science Center for the Quarantine of Zoonotic Diseases in Almaty. Ambassador Hoagland was joined by the Minister of Health, Zhaksylyk Doskaliyev, Chief State Sanitary Doctor and Chair of the Committee of Sanitary and Epidemiological Surveillance, Dr. Kenes Ospanov, and Mayor of Almaty Akhmetzhan Yessimov, at the ceremony. The Central Reference Laboratory is a joint project between the U.S. Department of Defense and the Republic of Kazakhstan. The Department of Defense will finance and manage this effort through its Defense Threat Reduction Agency. U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency Director Kenneth A. Myers, III, and Defense Threat Reduction Agency Cooperative Threat Reduction Director, William R. Faircloth, represented the U.S. Defense department at the event. The Central Reference Laboratory will increase the security of the Kazakhstani collections of Especially Dangerous Pathogens and strengthen the scientific capabilities of Kazakhstani and Central Asian scientists. Read More »

  • a group of visitors from the Smithsonian
    Smithsonian Experts visit Northern Kazakhstan

    April 1, 2010 - Dr. Paul Taylor, Director of the Asian Cultural History Program at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and William Smith, photographer, visited Syrymbet, North Kazakhstan province, to collect materials about Shokan Valikhanov for the virtual exhibit which will take place in Washington, D.C. They were welcomed by the director of the Valikhanov Museum, Mr. Valikhan Kulbayev. On Friday April 2, the Smithsonian visitors conducted a workshop for some 50 employees of local museums and the provincial akimat on modern ways to manage museums and new technologies used in American museums. The workshop took place at the Zhumabayev Library in Kokshetau.  Read More »

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    U.S.-Kazakhstani Annual Bilateral Consultations

    A Kazakhstani delegation of government officials, headed by Deputy Foreign Minister Kayrat Umarov, visited Washington from March 8-10 to participate in the inaugural session of Annual Bilateral Consultations with their U.S. counterparts, headed by Assistant Secretary of State Robert Blake. The participants discussed all aspects of the U.S.-Kazakhstani strategic partnership, including the stabilization of Afghanistan, security cooperation, human rights, economic relations, and preparations for the Global Summit on Nuclear Security. The establishment of Annual Bilateral Consultations between Kazakhstan and the United States is another step forward in the ever-strengthening relationship between the two nations.  Read More »

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    The U.S. Embassy, The State Children’s Library And Nestle Open A Children’s Photography Exhibition In Almaty

    February 26, 2010 - The U.S. Consulate General in Almaty, the Begalin State Children’s Library and Nestle in Kazakhstan opened an exhibition of children’s photographs. Sixty most interesting photographs resulting from the Photo Clinic organized by U.S. Consulate Public Affairs Section and the Library in November 2009 were exhibited at the Central Exhibition Hall in Almaty. Counselor for Public Affairs of the U.S. Embassy Jeffrey Sexton and Director of the Children’s Library Sofia Rayeva opened the exhibit. The exhibition includes a complete catalogue of works, and is open for general public from February 27 to March 12, 2010. The organizers will present the orphanages with digital cameras. More »

  • Deputy Chief of Mission Visits Atyrau Oblast

    February 22-23, 2010 - The Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Kazakhstan, Pamela Spratlen, visited Atyrau Oblast. Ms. Spratlen met with the Akim of Atyrau province, Berghey Ryskaliyev, and discussed opportunities for cooperation between the United States and Kazakhstan. On February 23, Ms. Spratlen visited Atyrau State University where she met with the rector, Altay Kazmagambetov, spoke with university students, and toured the U.S. Embassy-supported English Access Microscholarship Program, which provides a foundation of English language skills to disadvantaged 14- to 18-year-olds. Currently there are 20 Access students in Atyrau, all of whom are from Atyrau’s Akbota Orphanage.  Read More »

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    U.S. Embassy Hosts Joint Anti-Human Trafficking Press Conference

    February 3, 2010 - Charge d'Affaires a.i., Pamela Spratlen, along with the Vice Minister of Justice, Marat Bekatayev, the Chairman of the Criminal Police Committee, Sultan Kussetov, the Chief of the Organized Crime Division, Armanbek Baymurzin, and the President of Korgau-Astana NGO Anna Ryl, held a press conference to call attention to the international scourge of human trafficking and to highlight joint Kazakhstani-U.S. programs to combat trafficking, protect victims, and prevent at-risk groups from being victimized by traffickers. More »

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    CDA Discusses Black History Month

    In honor of Black History Month, U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires, a.i., Pamela Spratlen, met with English language discussion club participants on February 2, 2010, to speak about African American history. To begin the event, Chargé Spratlen showed the students excerpts from a Youtube interview of President Obama. More »

  • President Barack Obama
    Remarks by the President in State of the Union Address

    THE PRESIDENT: Madam Speaker, Vice President Biden, members of Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow Americans: Our Constitution declares that from time to time, the President shall give to Congress information about the state of our union. For 220 years, our leaders have fulfilled this duty. They've done so during periods of prosperity and tranquility. And they've done so in the midst of war and depression; at moments of great strife and great struggle. More »

  • a man at a podium in front of a projector screen
    U.S. Consulate General in Almaty Hosts Roundtable on Internet Freedom

    January 22, 2010 - The Public Affairs Section in of the U.S. Consulate General in Almaty hosted 25 NGO and Internet media leaders for a roundtable discussion on Internet freedom. The event began with a video screening of an address on Internet freedom delivered by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Washington on January 21. After the speech, the participants shared their opinions and concerns about the Internet freedom situation in Kazakhstan. More »

  • Marines pose with students.
    U. S. Embassy Marine Security Guards Donate Toys to Needy Children

    January 15, 2010 - The U.S. Embassy Marine Security Guard Detachment (MSG) delivered toys and gifts to the children of the Astana Boarding School for Children with Special Needs as a part of their Toys for Tots program. The school hosts 243 children aged between 7 and 18. The Toys for Tots campaign has been held by the MSG in Astana every year since 2006. From November 18 – December 30, with the help of the QSI School team headed by school director Tim Kruger and the U.S. Embassy community, the MSG raised $2,000 to purchase special sports equipment and toys. Toys for Tots is an annual charity campaign to provide toys for needy children organized by the U.S. Marine Corps in the United States and around the world. More »

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    Remarks by the President on Strengthening Intelligence and Aviation Security

    THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody. The immediate reviews that I ordered after the failed Christmas terrorist attack are now complete. I was just briefed on the findings and recommendations for reform, and I believe it's important that the American people understand the new steps that we're taking to prevent attacks and keep More »

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