Kazakhstan’s OSCE Chairmanship 2010
January 26, 2011
This report provides an end-of-year assessment of the 2010 Kazakh chairmanship of the 56-nation Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). The CSIS-IND Task Force has provided extensive analysis and comprehensive recommendations to the Kazakh government in order to assist it in providing effective leadership of the OSCE. Most of these recommendations, particularly on the potential agenda of the chairmanship and subsequently the OSCE Summit, were implemented by the Kazakh OSCE chair. Due to the extensive review of earlier developments found in previous CSIS-IND reports and policy briefs, this report focuses on events during the last months of 2010, especially the December 1–2 OSCE Summit in Astana and the preceding review conferences. Examining the direction, activities, and priorities of the 2010 Kazakh chairmanship of the OSCE also provides insights into the challenges facing the organization, the region it encompasses, and its member states.