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Secular Governance in Central Asia: the Case of Kazakhstan

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Since independence, Kazakhstan has remained faithful to secular statehood. In recent years, Kazakhstan’s leaders have strengthened the secular character of the state’s laws and education system. But what does secularism mean in a Central Asian context? How does the state balance the goal of religious freedom with the need to shield the state from religious influence?

Within the framework of ISDP’s ongoing research on secular governance in Central Asia and the Caucasus, ISDP invites you to a panel discussion focusing on the case of Kazakhstan, asking what, if any, are the implications of this secular model of governance for the Muslim world at large?
Participating in the panel:

  • Svante E. Cornell, Director of ISDP

  • Åke Peterson, former Swedish Ambassador to Central Asia

  • Ulan Bigozhin, Post-doctoral Scholar, School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS), Nazarbayev University

The Institute for Security and Development Policy is a Stockholm-based non-profit and non-partisan research and policy organization. ISDP is dedicated to expanding understanding of international affairs, focusing on the inter-relationship between security, conflict, and development.

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