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                                        09/11/2006
Ambassador Ordway at International Interfaith Memorial Service in Astana.
Ambassador Ordway at International Interfaith Memorial Service in Astana.

U.S. Embassy Hosts International Interfaith Observance for Victims of Terrorism

On the fifth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the United States Embassy in Astana hosted an interfaith memorial service in the Saltanat Sarayi to honor victims of terrorism worldwide and to appeal for tolerance among the living. About 250 guests representing Kazakhstan's Presidential Administration, prime ministry, government ministries, the Astana mayor's office, parliament deputies, and embassy employees attended the event.     


                                        09/07/2006
Artist Serik Kulmeshkenov at the exhibition opening.
Artist Serik Kulmeshkenov at the exhibition opening.

Serik Kulmeshkenov's Exhibition Opens in AstanaSplash! logo

On September 7 in Astana, the United States Embassy and the Museum of Contemporary Arts presented an exhibition of the works of artist Serik Kulmeshkenov. A native of Astana and a United States citizen since 2005, Serik Kulmeshkenov is an internationally acclaimed artist with awards from over 25 countries. His art media include drawing, engraving, cartooning, calligraphy, photography, and poetry.
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                                        08/22/2006
Dr. Karklins at the book presentation event in Astana.
Dr. Karklins at the book presentation event in Astana.

Experts Discuss Corruption in Post Soviet States

On August 22 in Almaty and August 24 in Astana, the American Embassy presented the Russian translation of The System Made Me Do It: Corruption in Post-Soviet Societies, by Rasma Karklins, professor of political science at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Karklins has written what is described as the first comprehensive study of the origin, nature, and consequences of corruption in post-communist countries.       More..


                                        07/28/2006
Ambassador John Ordway welcomes the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns in Astana.
Ambassador John Ordway welcomes the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns in Astana.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns' Visit to Kazakhstan

On July 23-28, the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns paid a visit to Astana and Almaty, Kazakhstan, to lead a U.S. trade and investment mission. Secretary Johanns held meetings with Deputy Prime Minister Karim Masimov, Minister of Agriculture Akhmetzhan Yesimov, Minister of Industry and Trade Vladimir Shkolnik, and regional officials. The goal of the mission was to promote two-way trade and investment between the United States and Kazakhstan. Trade mission participants included 18 U.S. companies and agriculture associations.    


                                        07/04/2006
Ambassador John Ordway and head of the Almaty office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Aiymdeos Bozzhegitov at the Independence Day Reception 
in Almaty, Kazakhstan on Friday, June 30, 2006.
4th of July Celebration - Almaty, Kazakhstan, Friday, June 30,2006.

U.S. Independence Day Celebration

On June 30, 2006, the American Embassy celebrated its 230th Independence Day in Almaty, Kazakhstan with a beautiful outdoor reception in the Gorniy Gigant area. Ambassador John Ordway gave his Fourth of July remarks in Kazakh, Russian, and English. Aiymdeos Bozzhegitov, head of the Almaty office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, also honored the reception with congratulatory remarks. The event was attended by 360 people.    


                                        06/21/2006
Ambassador John Ordway
Ambassador John Ordway

Press Conference given by U.S. Ambassador to Kazakhstan John Ordway on June 21, 2006

On June 21 Ambassador Ordway held his third press conference of 2006 at the Kazakhstani Press Club in Almaty. He answered questions about proposed amendments to Kazakhstan's media law, sanctions against Belarus, the West Kazakhstan-West China gas pipeline, investments in Kazakhstan's energy sector, "Kazakhgate" and the U.S. visa issuance policy.     Transcript


                                        06/19/2006
Ambassador Ordway and Kulzhikhan Abugaliyeva, Director of the library at the opening of American Corner in the Central Scientific Library, Almaty on June 19, 2006
Ambassador Ordway and Kulzhikhan Abugaliyeva, Director of the library at the opening of American Corner in the Central Scientific Library, Almaty on June 19, 2006

Seventh American Corner Opens in Central Scientific Library in Almaty

On June 19, Ambassador Ordway along with the president of the National Academy of Sciences and the director of the Central Scientific Library opened Kazakhstan's seventh American Corner. The project is a partnership between the U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section and the Central Scientific (Academic) Library, one of the largest leading libraries in the country. The ceremony was attended by USG alumni, NGOs representatives, local librarians, teachers of English and media. The project represents an investment of over $22,000 from the U.S. Government, an American Studies Collection donated by the U.S. Embassy some years ago, and months of close cooperation between the Central Scientific Library staff and the Embassy's Information Resource Center. During the opening Ambassador Ordway and the president of the National Academy of Sciences stressed the value of strengthening mutual understanding between both countries through providing access to up-to-date print and electronic sources.


                                        05/10/2006
Ambassador John Ordway at Kazakhstan Press Club
		on May 10, 2006
Ambassador John Ordway at Kazakhstan Press Club

Press Conference given by U.S. Ambassador to Kazakhstan John Ordway on May 10, 2006

On May 10 Ambassador Ordway held his second press conference of 2006 at the Kazakhstani Press Club in Almaty. He answered questions about Vice President Cheney’s May 5-6 visit, the United States’ energy policy, Iran, FBI assistance with the Sarsenbaiuly investigation, Kazakhstan’s bid for the OSCE chairmanship, bilateral cooperation in counter-narcotics, and the April 23 incident involving a mission employee and President Nazarbayev’s motorcade.     Transcript


                                        05/06/2006
Vice President Cheney visits Kazakhstan
Vice President Cheney visits Kazakhstan

Vice President Cheney visits Kazakhstan

During his May 5-6 visit to Kazakhstan, Vice President Cheney met with President Nazarbayev and held a press conference where he thanked the president for Kazakhstan’s contributions to coalition efforts in Iraq and in the global war on terror. During the trip Vice President Cheney and President Nazarbayev discussed ways to strengthen bilateral relations, and ways the two countries could work together to advance regional security and prosperity.     Transcript

                                        04/08/2006
Assistant Secretary Richard Boucher
Assistant Secretary Richard Boucher

Assistant Secretary Richard Boucher's Interview on Channel 31

On April 8 during his visit to Kazakhstan, Assistant Secretary Richard Boucher gave an exclusive interview to Channel 31 “Sostoyaniye KZ” program.    Transcript



                                        03/10/2006
Ambassador John Ordway and the Deputy Akim of the Karaganda Oblast Serikzhan Kanayev at the opening of American Corner at the Karaganda Oblast Gogol Library
Ambassador John Ordway and the Deputy Akim of the Karaganda Oblast Serikzhan Kanayev at the opening of American Corner at the Karaganda Oblast Gogol Library

Ambassador Ordway Opens 5th American Corner in Karaganda, Kazakhstan

On March 10, Ambassador John Ordway and the Deputy Akim of the Karaganda Oblast Serikzhan Kanayev opened the latest American Corner at the Karaganda Oblast Gogol Library. The ceremony was attended by local media, U.S. Government program alumni, Peace Corps volunteers, English teachers from Karaganda schools and universities, librarians, NGO representatives, political parties and local government. In his opening remarks, Ambassador Ordway stressed the role of American Corners in developing a better understanding between the people of the U.S. and Kazakhstan. Sholpan Baimursina, the American Corner Coordinator with the Karaganda Oblast Library, told the audience about AC project plans and activities already underway, including American film screenings and discussion clubs, conducted with support of Peace Corps volunteers.


                                        03/07/2006
Ambassador Ordway at March 7th Press Conference in Astana
Ambassador Ordway at March 7th Press Conference in Astana

Ambassador Ordway's March 7 Press Conference in Astana

The U.S. assessment of and cooperation in the Sarsenbaiuly murder investigation, U.S. policy priorities in Kazakhstan, and adoptions of Kazakhstani children were among the topics raised during Ambassador Ordway’s press conference March 7 at the U.S. Embassy Branch Office in Astana.    Transcript


                                        02/16/2006
Richard Boucher Reviews U.S. Policy in South, Central Asia
Assistant Secretary Richard Boucher

Richard Boucher Reviews U.S. Policy in South, Central Asia

The success of U.S. foreign policy in South and Central Asia is “critically important” to U.S. economic and security interests, according to the State Department’s Richard Boucher. Boucher on February 16 shared his views about U.S. policy objectives in the region with members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee who are considering his nomination to serve as assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asian Affairs.    Transcript




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