Tag: Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev

Might Another ‘Stan’ Disappear from Central Asia?

September 15, 2014

Staunton, September 14 – Central Asians never have been happy that many in the outside world lump them altogether as “the stans” or under an even more disparaging rubric. Earlier this year, Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev talked about renaming his country “Kazakh Eli,” and now some politicians in Kyrgyzstan are doing the same. (For a […]

Kazakhstan at Risk of Ukraine’s Fate if Kazakhs Push Their Language Too Hard, Nazarbayev Warns

August 26, 2014

Staunton, August 26 – If Kazakhs demand that their national language takes precedence over all others in all situations in that Central Asian country, Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev warned in a television interview this week, they risk seeing their country suffer as Ukraine now is. If Kazakhstan were to “ban all languages except Kazakh,” he said, […]