The Kazakhstan–
U.S. Convention

Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations

9-DECEMBER 2021
RITZ CARLTON, WASHINGTON D.C.

Welcome Message from the Ambassador

Please join us for an important event recognizing the 30th anniversary of relations between Kazakhstan and the United States. We are proud of this important bilateral relationship. The conversations will focus on economic, security, and diplomatic relations. This conference will reflect on our reliable and trustworthy partnership and focus on future opportunities for engagement

We hope you can join us.

Sincerely,

Yerzhan Ashikbayev
Ambassador of Kazakhstan to the United States

Agenda for
9 December 2021
Ritz-Carlton,
Washington D.C.

Convention Agenda

7:45 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
Registration & Breakfast

PANEL 1

8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Kazakhstan – U.S. Relations: 30 Years of Partnership

15 min Break. Video broadcast on the main screen

BREAKOUT PANEL 2

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Driving Economic Growth:
Kazakhstan – U.S. Trade and Investment Cooperation

BREAKOUT PANEL 3

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Partners in Building a Secure Peace

10:30 a.m.
Closing remarks and Invitation to the Reception

6:00 p.m.
Reception

Kazakhstan – U.S. Relations:
30 Years of Partnership

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Yerzhan Ashikbayev

Ambassador of Kazakhstan to the United States
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Isobel Coleman

Deputy Administrator for Policy and Programming, USAID
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Erzhan Kazykhan

Special Representative of the President of Kazakhstan
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Matthew Q. Edwards

Director, Office of Russia, Ukraine & Eurasia, U.S. Department of Commerce
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Karen Knutson

Vice President and General Manager, Government Affairs at Chevron
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Andrew Weber

Senior Fellow at the Council on Strategic Risks’ Janne E. Nolan Center on Strategic Weapons
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Kamran Bokhari

Director of Analytical Development, Newlines Institute
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Dan Witt

Moderator & ITIC President
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Murat Zhurebekov

First Vice-Minister of Energy of Kazakhstan
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Mukhtar Tileuberdi

Deputy Prime Minister – Minister of Foreign Affairs
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Khush Choksy

Senior Vice President, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
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Luke Coffey

Director, Heritage Foundation
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Evan A. Feigenbaum

Vice President for Studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
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Lisa Curtis

Senior Fellow and Director of the Indo-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS)
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Rebecca Zimmerman

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia
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Frederick Starr

Founding Chairman of the Central Asia -Caucasus Institute and Silk Road Studies Program
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Sarah Bianchi

Deputy United States Trade Representative
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Alice Wells

Senior Director, International Government Relations, ExxonMobil
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Ariel Cohen

Moderator: Senior fellow, Atlantic Council
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Brian Gran, PhD

Professor and Faculty Associate, Center for Policy Studies, Case Western Reserve University
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Eric Green

Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Russia and Central Asia, National Security Council

PANEL 1

8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Kazakhstan – U.S. Relations: 30 Years of Partnership


Moderator: Dan Witt, President, International Tax and Investment Center

Video address by Mukhtar Tileuberdi, Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan, Minister of Foreign Affairs 

Welcome remarks by Yerzhan Ashikbayev, Ambassador of Kazakhstan to the United States

Erzhan Kazykhan, Special Representative of the President of Kazakhstan for International Cooperation 

Eric Green, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Russia and Central Asia, National Security Council

Frederick Starr, Founding Chairman of the Central Asia -Caucasus Institute and Silk Road Studies Program

Lisa Curtis, Senior Fellow and Director of the Indo-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS)

Panel 2

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Driving Economic Growth: Kazakhstan-U.S. Trade and Investment Cooperation


Moderator: Dan Witt, President, International Tax and Investment Center

Keynote remarks by Sarah Bianchi, Deputy United States Trade Representative

Panel Discussion:


Matthew Q. Edwards, Director, Office of Russia, Ukraine & Eurasia, U.S. Department of Commerce

Murat Zhurebekov, First Vice-Minister of Energy of Kazakhstan

Isobel Coleman, Deputy Administrator for Policy and Programming, USAID

Khush Choksy, Senior Vice President, International Development, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Karen Knutson, Vice President and General Manager, Government Affairs at Chevron

Alice Wells, Senior Director, International Government Relations, ExxonMobil

Closing remarks by Yerzhan Ashikbayev, Ambassador of Kazakhstan to the United States

Panel 3

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Partners in Building a Secure Peace


Moderator: Ariel Cohen, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council Eurasia Center

Keynote remarks by Rebecca Zimmerman, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia

Panel Discussion:


Luke Coffey, Director of the Allison Center for Foreign Policy at The Heritage Foundation

Brian Gran, PhD, Professor and Faculty Associate, Center for Policy Studies, Case Western Reserve University

Evan A. Feigenbaum, Vice President for Studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Andrew Weber, Senior Fellow at the Council on Strategic Risks’ Janne E. Nolan Center on Strategic Weapons (TBC)

Kamran Bokhari, Director of Analytical Development, Newlines Institute

Closing remarks by Erzhan Kazykhan, Special Representative of the President of Kazakhstan

CLOSING REMARKS

10:30 a.m.

Closing remarks and Invitation to the Reception

Yerzhan Ashikbayev, Ambassador of Kazakhstan to the United States

THE KAZAKHSTAN – UNITED STATES CONVENTION

Celebrating the 30th Anniversary
of Diplomatic Relations

30 years of friendship and partnership between Kazahkstan and the United States.

Washington, D.C.

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