May 14, 2021

Time 10:00-11:30 am EDT

Eastern Time

Zoom Conference

On December 25, 1991, the United States became the first country to recognize Kazakhstan’s independence. The thirty years of the United States-Kazakhstan partnership since then have been marked by countless achievements across diplomatic, economic, and cultural areas.

For this event, we will gather four former U.S. ambassadors to Kazakhstan to discuss the key developments in the U.S.-Kazakhstan relationship over the last three decades. The discussion will cover milestones like denuclearization, the Cooperative Threat Reduction Program, the development of the Tengiz field and the signing of the Tengizchevroil partnership, the embassy’s move from Almaty to Nur-Sultan (then-Astana), cooperation following the 9/11 attacks, the inauguration of the C5+1 format, Expo 2017, and many other key moments. The ambassadors will also share their views on the current state of the U.S.-Kazakhstan relationship and what the next decade might hold.

Join this CPC webinar as we discuss the accomplishments of U.S.-Kazakhstan cooperation over the last three decades with diplomats who played key roles in guiding that partnership.

Preliminary Agenda


10:00-10:05   WelcomeRemarks – EfganNifti, Chief Executive Officer,Caspian Policy Center

10:05-10:15    KeynoteAddress  –  H.E. Yerzhan Ashikbayev, Ambassador of Kazakhstan to the United States

10:15-10:35   Opening Statements


• Brianne Todd, Assistant Professor of Central Asian Studies, Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies, National Defense University


  • Ambassador (ret.) William Courtney, Former U.S. Ambassador to Kazakhstan (1992- 1995), Adjunct Senior Fellow, RAND Corporation
  • Ambassador (ret.) John Ordway, Former U.S. Ambassador to Kazakhstan (2004-2008)
  • Ambassador (ret.) Richard Hoagland, Former U.S. Ambassador to Kazakhstan (2008-2011), Security and Politics Program Chair, Caspian Policy Center
  • Ambassador (ret.) George Krol, Former U.S. Ambassador to Kazakhstan (2015-2018), Adjunct Professor, U.S. Naval War College

10:45-11:25    Discussion and Q&A

11:25-11:30    Closing Remarks