And while we’re here…

by Nathan Hamm on 9/19/2004

While we’re on the topic of Kazakhstan, here are a few other stories.

South Korea’s president spent his 58th birthday in Astana. He had dinner with some of the local Korean population, whose role in Kazakhstan is discussed in the Korean Times. The author of the piece is himself a Koryo saram and notes that Koreans are one of the few non-native populations that are not leaving. He argues that Koreans should learn to speak Kazakh and integrate themselves into Kazakh society like they did with Soviet/Russian society.

In other news, the bribery trial of James Giffen has been postponed until January.


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Nathan is the founder and Principal Analyst for Registan, which he launched in 2003. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uzbekistan 2000-2001 and received his MA in Central Asian Studies from the University of Washington in 2007. Since 2007, he has worked full-time as an analyst, consulting with private and government clients on Central Asian affairs, specializing in how socio-cultural and political factors shape risks and opportunities and how organizations can adjust their strategic and operational plans to account for these variables. More information on Registan's services can be found here, and Nathan can be contacted via Twitter or email.

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