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On June, 30 – July, 2 the second seminar for the holders of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung scholarship 2017 was held in Almaty. The theme of this seminar was international relations: “TOGETHER OR AGAINST EACH OTHER - TRENDS OF INTERESTS ENFORCEMENT”. For 3 days talented students were listening to the speeches of the speakers – experts in various fields of the foreign politics, participating in discussions, and preparing their own vision of the topics.

Thomas Helm, Director of the Representative Office of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, spoke about the current position of Kazakh-German relations and future perspectives of its development. Timur Shaimergenov, Deputy Director of the Library of the First President, introduced the multi-vector foreign policy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, which has been successfully implemented during 25 years of independence. Askar Nursha from the Institute of World Economy and Politics presented on the interaction between Central Asian after the Soviet Union collapse, concentrating more on new developing vector of cooperation between Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. Eduard Poletayev, Chief of the Public Fund “World of Eurasia”, in turn focused his presentation on Kazakh-Russian relations, and particularly on EAEU. Adil Kaukenov, Director of the International Center for Kazakh-Chinese cooperation, shared his views regarding the development of the relations between China and Kazakhstan, and revealed a lot of interesting facts about Chinese foreign politics. The participants of the seminar did not remain indifferent: they actively asked questions and commented on the speakers.

Traditionally, the fellows also received their own task - to present their vision of the development of the relations between Kazakhstan and the European Union, the development of the EAEU, and Belt and Road Initiative by 2027, considering risks, prospects and using own imagination. Each team excelled in originality and critical thinking.

Our seminars on the political education of young people traditionally contribute to the personal and professional development of the fellows, which in the future helps them to become highly qualified specialists in their field.

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