About the Astana Club
As the world continues to grow more complex today, development becomes unthinkable without creating a calm, open, and trusting space for a dialogue. Founded in 2015, the Astana Club provides a forum for influential experts, business leaders, and politicians from various countries to have such a dialogue about the challenges and opportunities facing Eurasia. The Club has been established under the auspices of the Foundation of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan and its think-tank, the Institute of World Economy and Politics. The Carnegie Endowment, the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), the China Institute of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR), and the Russian International Affairs Council have partnered with the Club.
Kazakhstan's unique position and historic role as a bridge between the West and East has allowed the Astana Club to provide an independent, neutral, and open forum for discussing the most pressing issues of today's world. The Club held its first session in November 2015, and roughly 50 leading intellectuals and politicians from Western Europe, Russia, China, the U.S.A., Iran, South Korea, Turkey, as well as Kazakhstan’s Prime Minister Karim Massimov, top Kazakh government officials and chief experts took part.
The Astana Club will hold its second session on November 14-16, 2016.