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Kazakhstan - officially the Republic of Kazakhstan - stretches over a vast expanse of northern and central Eurasia. With an area of 2.7 million square kilometers, Kazakhstan is the ninth-largest country in the world. It is equivalent to the size of Western Europe – five times the size of France and four times the size of Texas.
Kazakhstan shares borders with Russia, Uzbekistan, the Republic of China, Kyrgyzstan, and Turkmenistan.
Major cities:
Astana (the capital since December 1997), Almaty (the former capital), Karaganda, Shymkent (Chimkent), Semey (Semipalatinsk) and Turkestan.

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For most of its history, the territory of modern-day Kazakhstan has been inhabited by nomadic tribes. By the 16th century, the Kazakhs emerged as a distinct group, divided into three Jüz. The Russians began advancing into the Kazakh steppe in the 18th century, and by the mid-19th century all of Kazakhstan was part of the Russian Empire.

Following the 1917 Russian Revolution, and subsequent civil war, the territory of Kazakhstan was reorganized several times before becoming the Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic in 1936, a part of the USSR.

Kazakhstan declared itself an independent country on December 16, 1991, the last Soviet republic to do so. Its communist-era leader, Nursultan Nazarbayev, became the country's first president, a position he retains today. President Nazarbayev maintains strict control over the country's politics. Since independence, Kazakhstan has pursued a balanced foreign policy and worked to develop its economy, especially its hydrocarbon industry.[9]

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The international research-to-practice conference "Secondary Education Curriculum: traditions and changes" aims to:

- Understand new trends in the curriculum development and identify areas for improvement to meet the challenges of our time;
- Exchange opinions and experiences on issues and areas for improvement of the "Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools" curriculum;
- Bring together key stakeholders in order to identify further ways of improvement of state schools’ curriculum;
- Establish a dialogue between teachers, scientists, general public and international experts on the issue of adapting and transmitting best international practice as well as the experience of Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools to state schools.

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“The cold war was over.  It seemed an almost casual resolution to a sequence of stunning events:  10 years in Poland, 10 months in Hungary, 10 weeks in East Germany, 10 days in Czechoslovakia.  The power of people in one place accelerating the pace of change in the next. The Soviet Union itself yet to come.  China still to come......      Peter Jennings (1990)
The Soviet Union did follow......
Now - Another wave?  Arab Spring?
Was the first wave the US and then France?    Ireland?

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