THE LEGACY OF NURSULTAN NAZARBAYEV: WILL THE 2010 OSCE CHAIRMANSHIP MAKE KAZAKHSTANI PRESIDENT NAZARBAYEV GO DOWN IN HISTORY AS REFORMER OR DESPOT?

The twenty-year reign of President Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan has seen his country develop through independence and transition into a haven of social and political stability. At the same time, Nazarbayev has presided over constitutional and political
changes that have emasculated most of the political opposition and brought in restrictive media legislation. With Kazakhstan currently holding the OSCE chairmanship, now may be a unique window of opportunity for the Western world to engage with Nazarbayev to ensure that his legacy will be a positive one, and that he will go down in history as a reformer, not a despot.

 
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