News archive 2006
Visit by the Kazakh Ambassador10 November 2006, PR 147/06
His Excellency Erlan Idrissov, Ambassador of Kazakhstan to the United Kingdom, visited King's yesterday (9 November) and gave a lecture on foreign relations and domestic developments entitled Kazakhstan – the regional hub for Central Asia.
The event was chaired by Professor Rein Mullerson of the School of Law, who took a sabbatical from King's in 2004 when he worked as UN Regional Adviser for Central Asia in Kazakhstan. Professor Mullerson and the Principal, Professor Rick Trainor, welcomed the Ambassador to King's.
In his speech to a packed lecture theatre of staff and students, the Ambassador spoke of the history of his country and its post-Soviet development. Issues of regional integration, and relations of Kazakhstan with China and other world powers were also discussed, with many questions taken from the audience.
Ambassador Erlan Idrissov, a graduate of the prestigious Moscow Institute for Foreign Relations, has been the Ambassador to the UK since 2001. Before that he was Foreign Minister of his country and held various diplomatic posts, including one at the Kazakh Mission to the UN in New York.
Professor Rein Mullerson commented: ‘We are delighted to welcome the Ambassador to King's. Kazakhstan has an ancient and rich culture and is enjoying a renaissance since the country gained independence in 1991. Not much is known or appreciated by the West about Kazakhstan but the London Embassy, headed by Ambassador Idrissov, is doing great work to promote this fascinating country.'
Notes to editorsProfessor Rein Mullerson is the author of a forthcoming book: ‘Central Asia: A chessboard and player in the new great game'
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