Past eventInvitation Only

Kazakhstan's OSCE Chairmanship: Challenges and Opportunities

27 January 2010 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Chatham House, London


Kanat Saudabayev, Secretary of State of the Republic of Kazakhstan - Minister of Foreign Affairs



On 1 January 2010, Kazakhstan became the first ex-Soviet state to chair the OSCE, a significant milestone in the country's post-Communist history. Kazakhstan's chairmanship offers opportunities to increase the Organisation's role in Central Asia and provide a multilateral forum to overcome regional problems such as water management, border control, east-west transit, terrorism and smuggling. The country also faces challenges to make good on its commitment to uphold the OSCE's democratic values and prevent the marginalisation of the Organisation within Europe's security architecture.

Mr Saudabayev will discuss the main challenges facing the OSCE, and set out his agenda for Kazakhstan's Chairmanship.

Attendance at this event is by invitation only.