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BKS Webinar: Army of the Great Steppe: Kazakhstan’s Military Reform and Peacekeeping Ambition

The British-Kazakh Society hosted another webinar from the BKS Webinar Series Kazakhstan at 30 chaired by Rupert Goodman DL (BKS, Chairman)


It is difficult to comprehend the enormous changes Kazakhstan has been through since 1991, and its military is perhaps one of the extreme examples. Modernization of any Armed Forces is a complex process, and for Kazakhstan required fundamental changes in structures, administration, training plus in material capacities. Starting off from 1991, where its services were part of a totalitarian regime commanded from Moscow, Kazakhstan has upgraded in all respects, and is now a modern force, with an international and positive reputation for peacekeeping.


The webinar was moderated by:

Rupert Goodman DL - BKS Chairman


A special introduction was given by:

HE Erlan Idrissov - Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the United Kingdom, Honorary President of the BKS


The invited speakers were:

Rt Hon Lord Astor of Hever DL - BKS Chairman's Advisor, a former Minister of Defence of the UK - Kazahstan Military, Setting the Scene

Colonel The Rt Hon Bob Stewart DSO MP - A member of the Conservative Party, a former British Army officer and United Nations commander in Bosnia - Peacekeeping and Kazakhstan’s Role

Colonel Olzhas Khussainov - Head of the Department of International Cooperation of the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Kazakhstan - Opening remarks on behalf of the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Colonel Bauyrzhan Nigmetullin - Commandant of the Peacekeeping Training Centre of the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Kazakhstan - Peacekeeping and its importance

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