The non-profit Center for International Security and Policy was registered in Astana (Kazakhstan) in February, 2017.
The Center’s mission is to provide the population of Kazakhstan and Central Asia with up-to-date information on current processes in the fields of nuclear disarmament and international security.
The Center's vision is to be recognized as a major authoritative research center in Kazakhstan and Central Asia.
Objectives of the Center:
- Provide the Kazakhstan and Central Asia populations with up-to-date information on current processes in the fields of nuclear disarmament and international security in Kazakh, Russian, and English.
- Conduct research studies on international security and nuclear disarmament.
- Educate the population on nuclear disarmament by:
- Encouraging Kazakhstan students to participate in international activities on disarmament issues;
- Assisting foreign students to study Kazakhstan’s nuclear history and experience (including visiting the former Semipalatinsk test site).
In line with the Charter of the Center, research studies will focus on the following issues:
- Nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation;
- Biological and chemical weapons;
- Countering international terrorism and extremism;
- Combating illicit drug trafficking;
- Conventional weapons;
- Export control; and
- Other aspects of international security.
The Center was an active participant in the United Nations Conference to Negotiate a Legally Binding Instrument to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons, Leading Towards their Total Elimination (March 27-31, and June 11 – July 7, 2017, New York).
The Center also took part in two sessions of the Preparatory Committee for the 2020 Review Conference of the parties to the NPT (2-12 May, 2017, Vienna and 23 April – 4 May, 2018, Geneva).
In May 2017, the Center was admitted to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). This coalition brings together non-governmental organizations from 100 countries around the world, with the goal of ensuring the early prohibition of nuclear weapons.
In July 2018, the Center joined the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, which is an international coalition working to preemptively ban fully autonomous weapons.
In August 2018, the Center joined the International Nuclear Security Education Network (INSEN).