"The Future of US-Kazakhstan Relations"
Wilder Alejandro Sanchez
Conflict & Security
Georgetown Journal of International Affairs
May 28, 2020
Originally published: https://gjia.georgetown.edu/2020/05/28/the-future-of-us-kazakhstan-relations/
Since achieving its independence after the fall of the Soviet Union, Kazakhstan has maintained warm relations with the United States. The country regards the United States both as a potential source for trade and investment and as a partner to balance the influence of Russia and China in Central Asia, a perspective which underlines the importance of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s February visit to Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. During the visit, Pompeo was generous in his praise for Kazakhstan and highlighted the importance of bilateral ties, while criticizing China’s detention of hundreds of thousands of Uyghurs, Kyrgyz, and ethnic Kazakhs in so-called “re-education” camps.