Ellie Scheaffer

Articles by Ellie Scheaffer

The Opposite of Pragmatism: Nazarbayev’s Astana 20 Years Later

Under Nursultan Nazarbayev’s leadership, Astana celebrates its twentieth year as Kazakhstan’s capital. Festivities for Astana Day on July 6 will attract hundreds of thousands of people to the capital. Elaborate firework displays will glitter in the skies. Pragmatism will be forgotten, and Astana will have become a carefully constructed rallying point of modern Kazakh identity.

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