To the Editor: Joshua Kucera’s May 13 dispatch, “Kazakhstan: Washington Experts Go on Spin Cycle,” is misleading and unfair. The whole idea of organizing a panel discussion in Washington, D.C., was to allow serious people to examine Kazakhstan in a serious way. That was what happened during the panel entitled, “The Future of Kazakhstan after the Presidential Election,” which was hosted May 12 by the Jamestown Foundation and held at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Mr. Kucera might not have liked what he heard, but the participants knew their stuff. They highlighted the many ways that the nation is working hard to enhance political modernization, economic growth and the rule of law. Mr. Kucera chose to focus only on critics’ views and missed the point of the event: Kazakhstan is eager to develop its democracy and is making real progress.
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