IWEP experts presented the results of monitoring the perception of friendly and unfriendly countries in Central Asia

14 September 2017


Serik Beissembayev and Zhumabek Sarabekov, representatives of the Institute of World Economics and Politics under the Foundation of the First President of the RK – Elbassy (IWEP), took part in the "Central Asian strategy of Kazakhstan: consolidating the vector of regional cooperation" expert meeting, organized by the Kazakhstan Council on Foreign Relations.

The promising directions of the regional policy of Kazakhstan, recent tendencies of political and socio-economic transformation in Central Asia, as well as issues of maintaining peace and ensuring security were discussed during the event meetings.

IWEP experts presented the results of a public opinion survey on the perception of "friendly" and "unfriendly" countries in Central Asia. According to the latest data, Russia is perceived as the friendliest country of the region. Kazakhstan ranks second in this list for the citizens of Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan. The image of an "unfriendly" country in many Central Asian states is blurred.

- In general, the research and assessment of public opinion are vital for the implementation of any regional cooperation initiatives. It is necessary not only to develop political and economic interaction but also to think about the issue of consolidating the socio-cultural integration processes of the Central Asian countries," said Serik Beissembayev, Head of the IWEP's “Domestic policy and social studies” program.

Representatives of leading analytical bodies of Kazakhstan, experts of the foreign policy agencies, international organizations and diplomatic missions accredited in Kazakhstan attended the expert meeting.

The Kazakhstan Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) was established to consolidate domestic specialists in the field of international relations, to promote key initiatives of the Head of State, as well as to discuss and issue recommendations on the most pressing issues of the global agenda.