Regional Instability in Kazakhstan
The Central Asian countries surrounding the Caspian Sea are all at various stages of transition since the collapse of the Union of Soviet and Socialist Republics (U.S.S.R.) and are considered high political risk. The transition process had been further complicated by the presence of major petroleum and natural gas resources, the politics surrounding the export of those resources, and continuing historical and ethnic tensions.
The central government under President Nazarbayev is powerful with a cumbersome and corrupt bureaucracy. Upon independence, Kazakh politics was largely concentrated on relations with Russia
and development of energy reserves in conjunction with Western partners.There is a rising tide of economic nationalism, limiting foreign participation in investment opportunities and private property rights.
Instability, corruption and accusations of human rights abuses blight development and threaten regional stablity.
The JCC is tasked with creating a long-term, sustainable peace for this region.
Delegates must consider the following:
How can countries ensure human rights are monitored and upheld?
How significant are disputes involving water, oil and foreign investment?
What are the essential features of an effective government and how can they be cultivated in Kazakhstan?
What are the root causes to this conflict and how can they be addressed to ensure a long-term, sustainable peace? What is your country’s position on a potential regional conflict?
What can the international community do to help the progress of a peaceful resolution and end to conflict in this region?