Kazakhstan Joins the World

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Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 12:00
CAS Conference Room, 1424 Broadway, CU-Boulder

[CAS Luncheon Series] This Luncheon Series talk will be presented by Jerry Peterson, Professor, Department of Physics and International Affairs.

When The Republic of Kazakhstan became independent of the Soviet Union at the end of 1991, this vast land had very little connection with the rest of the world.  Today, the streets of Almaty, the principal city, are clogged with expensive imported cars.  Much of this prosperity has come from the exploitation of Kazakhstan’s vast natural resources, and a strong industry of processing these materials.  Kazakhstan ranks 11th in the world in oil reserves, and first in uranium.  The political system, a nominal democracy, has evolved more slowly, with the original Communist Party boss of the Kazakh SSR still serving as President.  Prosperity seems to have brought harmony, but Kazakhstan sits, largely empty, in an ‘interesting’ part of the world.  I will review things in Kazakhstan as I have seen them in my many visits over twenty years as a research collaborator, co-investigator for funded research, and instructor.

CAS Luncheon Series Spring 2014