Kazakhstan: International mediator
Kazakhstan’s status as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council promotes greater prestige and recognition of Kazakhstan and enhances its role on the international arena. According to a professor of the Institute of International Relations, Konstantinos Filis, Kazakhstan’s efforts in the Astana Process clearly testify that Kazakhstan is on the way of developing its own program on global conflict settlement.
KONSTANTINOS FILIS, RESEARCH DIRECTOR, GREEK INSTITUTE OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS:
- Astana Process is the basis actually it is fundamental and has been a crucial breakthrough for Syrian talks and I think that it determines the developments to a big extent as far as Syria is concerned. I don’t think that anything is going to be solved very soon, but still through the tripartite agreement between Russia, Iran and Turkey we see that there is a kind of de-escalation in Syria, some de-escalation zones have been set in Syria.
According to Konstantinos Filis, Kazakhstan is currently a key mediator in the Central Asian region. The expert also notes that Kazakhstan will soon join the countries well-known for their peace-making initiatives.
KONSTANTINOS FILIS, RESEARCH DIRECTOR AND HEAD OF RUSSIA-EURASIA AND SOUTH EAST EUROPE CENTRE, INSTITUTE OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS:
- Kazakhstan has developed a know-how in mediating in crisis. Kazakhstan will find room in the future to play a mediating role in a number of crises, particularly those that are concentrated in the wider region of Central Asia.