Analytical center


The development of a competitive analysis center — the third priority of the Foundation. To this end, the Institute of World Economics and Politics (IWEP) was established in 2003. Today it is the leading «think tank» of Kazakhstan. It is an open independent expert platform to discuss regional and global challenges of the modern world.

The Institute is actively involved in the public debate on the global economy, geopolitics, security, integration and Eurasianism on the international level, actively cooperates with foreign think tanks, spreading objective and reliable information about Kazakhstan and its foreign policy.

Yerzhan Saltybayev leads the team of experts of the Institute.

All analytical materials — magazines, articles, reports, etc. are in the public domain. For more information about IWEP activity please visit the official site.


Astana club is an international discussion platform. Its objective is to develop a dialogue between the leading representatives of the expert and political community, discuss global trends and seek solutions to the critical issues bearing influence on the world in general and the Eurasia region in particular.

The Astana club meetings are traditionally hold at the Nazarbayev Center.

Partners of the Astana club: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR), Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC).

The Astana club meetings organizes by the Foundation of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan – Elbasy and the Institute of World Economics and Politics (IWEP) that functions under the Foundation.

On November 13-14, 2017 the Nazarbayev Center hosted the third meeting of the Astana club.

The international discussion platform gathered over 60 participants from 27 countries of the world, including prominent politicians, diplomats, distinguished political scientists, authoritative researchers and leading experts of the largest think tanks of the United States, Russia, China, India, Europe, the Middle East, Central and South-East Asia. For the first time, top-ranking politicians – former heads of state Abdullah Gul (Turkey), Vaclav Klaus (Czech Republic), Danilo Türk (Slovenia) joined the Club sessions.

The central theme of the meeting – “Greater Eurasia-2027: Confrontation or Partnership” – has been defined based on some pressing challenges, threats, potential risks and global policy issues that require strategic resolution.

The Club members discussed key trends that will shape the development of the mega-continent in the coming decade. Among them are problems of the balance of interests of world and regional powers, the increasing impact of the nuclear factor as well as growing tensions, trade and sanction confrontations, international terrorism and security, migration and ecology, integration processes and economic cooperation.

Official website of ASTANA CLUB