Kazakhstan's Chairmanship of the OSCE and Prospects for Democracy and Human Rights
HE Madina Jarbussynova, Ambassador-at-large, Ministry of Affairs of Kazakhstan
Tamara Kaleyeva, Adil Soz Foundation
Nargis Kassenova, KIMER
Adil Nurmakov, Central Asia editor for Global Voices
Dr Rick Fawn, University of St Andrews
The decision to award the 2010 Chairmanship of the OSCE to Kazakhstan was both historic and controversial. Kazakhstan is the first Central Asia country, and the first post-Soviet state to chair the Organisation. However, some observers argued that Kazakhstan falls short of the democratic norms set down in the founding acts of the CSCE/OSCE. Kazakhstan's chairmanship provides a litmus test of the capacity of international institutions to strengthen democratic norms and human rights within member states. It also provides pointers for the OSCE's likely development at a critical juncture in the evolution of European and Eurasian security.
The seminar will consider Kazakhstan's performance as OSCE Chairman, and assess the role that the OSCE can play now and in the future in advancing human rights and building multilateral cooperation within Eurasia.
Attendance is by invitation only.