Foreign Policy Challenges for a Post-Nazarbayev Kazakhstan
Some Preliminary Observations
After almost 30 years of rule by Nursultan Nazarbayev, Kazakhstan is going through a sensitive phase of power transition. Since the "multi-vector" diplomacy of these years represents one of the best legacies of the first President, policy-makers would leave as untouched as possible the sphere of foreign policy. At the same time, a crisis of legitimacy following the Presidential elections together with a number of trends which are changing the social and ethno-demographic structure of the population will also put into question some traditional lines of the country’s diplomacy. This will add to the challenges to which the political class will have to provide innovative responses in order to preserve the stability of the country.