On July 8, 2020, a one-hour round table entitled «Kazakhstan beyond the headlines: One Year of Mr. Tokayev's Presidency» was held online at the Washington Institute for Central Asia and the Caucasus (ICAC) under the American Foreign Policy Council. 90 American researchers, diplomats and journalists interested in the Central Asian region and international security issues have registered to participate in the virtual forum. The round table was led by the founder and President of ICAC, a leading American expert on Central Asia Frederick Starr, and the Director of ICAC, a Swedish scholar specializing in politics and security issues in Eurasia Svante Cornell.
The Kazakh side was represented by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Yerzhan Ashikbayev and Deputy Chairman of the Foreign Policy Research Institute Bolat Nurgaliyev, they presented to the participants information on implementation of initiated institutional reforms by the Head of state in the socio-economic and political spheres, as well as their assessment of current international relations.
B. Nurgaliyev focused the attention of the virtual audience on the key provisions of the foreign policy of the Concept of Foreign Policy approved on March 6, 2020.
Kazakh representatives answered questions from the organizers and participants of the round table concerning Nur-Sultan's future plans to consolidate integration processes in its geopolitical environment, assessments of the strategy adopted by the Donald Trump administration in relation to Central Asia, prospects for enhancing intra-regional cooperation in various areas, as well as concrete details of the implementation of the concept of «listening government» as a key direction for the modernization of the country's political system.
The materials of the virtual forum are posted on the websites of the ICAC and the Embassy of Kazakhstan in the United States.