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2nd Conference «New Advances in the Political Economy of Development in Eurasia»

2nd Conference «New Advances in the Political Economy of Development in Eurasia»

June 6-8, 2024, Almaty, Kazakhstan

KIMEP University and Almaty Management University, in association with the Harriman Institute at Columbia University and LMU Munich, are pleased to invite submissions to the 2nd Conference «New Advances in the Political Economy of Development in Eurasia» that will take place at Almaty Management University (June 6th and June 8th, 2024) and KIMEP (June 7th, 2024).

This conference shall be one of the most authoritative worldwide academic conventions of active scholars studying Eurasian politics in local and global context. Keynote speakers and contributors represent some of the best universities of in the world, including Stanford, Harvard, Oxford, University College of London, Freie Universitaet Berlin, and many others. Presenters shall use up-to-date theoretical approaches and quantitative data analysis techniques to address a wide spectrum of issues in contemporary Eurasian politics and policies, including military conflicts, sanctions, elections, media, multiethinic relations, and technological developments.

Topics covered by the participants include, but are not limited to:

·         Comparative studies of governance

·         Social capital, trust, and cultural norms

·         Economic development and international sanctions

·         Political elites and economic performance

·         Internet, propaganda and persuasion

·         Electoral processes and outcomes

Keynote talksJennifer Pan (Stanford), Alexander Libman (FU Berlin)

On June 6 and 8, the conference shall be working at AlmaU, 227 Rozybakiyeva str., Almaty. On June 7, conference venue shall be KIMEP, 2 Abai ave.


Working language of the conference is English. Participation is free of charge, subject to registration at the link below by June 5, 2024:

Registration form for participants:

(conference speakers are kindly requested to register by June 3, 2024).

Practical information for the conference participants

Conference & program related queries:


Dr. Alexis Belianin, albelix@yandex.ruTel/whatsapp.+7705 4194191

Venue & logistical questions:

Ms. Aliya Akpayeva, Head Email:, Тel.: +7 727 313 30 40, ext. 159

Organizing institutions:

KIMEP University is the oldest and the largest North American-styled University in Central Asia that was founded in 1992 by the decree of Nursultan Nazarbayev. KIMEP is an independent, not-for-profit educational institution serving a multicultural and multinational student body, situated on a modern campus in the center of Almaty, the largest city in Kazakhstan. International faculty members come from 20 different countries, including the USA, the UK, Canada, Italy and Russia.

More info:

Almaty Management University (AlmaU) is a leading private university in Kazakhstan, listed in THE and QS international rankings, accredited with AMBA, BGA, IQA CEEMAN. Started in 1988 as a small school of managerial education, AlmaU has become a full-scale university in the field of business studies, social sciences and humanities with a fully equipped campus in Almaty. The university has international faculty and several interdisciplinary research centers in the fields of Economic Policy, Experimental Economics, Neuromarketing and Neuromanagement, Webometrics and Artificial Intelligence, Sustainable Development and Creative Industries.

More info:

According to the current visa regime of the Republic of Kazakhstan for foreign citizens

none of the conference participants will need an entry visa for a short stay. Please do not forget to take a valid foreign passport before traveling to Kazakhstan.

Global AlmaU (Room 406, AlmaU, 227 Rozybakiyev Street)

Ms. Nursulu Kiyash, Director


Tel.: +7 727 313 28 41, ext.587

Ms. Aliya Akpayeva, Head


Тel.: +7 727 313 30 40, ext. 159



Name etymology: Alma-Ata (old name) literate translation from Kazakh: the Father (ata) of Apples (alma). Right naming today: Almaty.

The largest city: ~ 2 mln population. Time zone: GMT +5.00 (since March 1, 2024)


City code: ALA.

Area code: +7 727.

Postal code: 050000 – 050063.

Electricity: Type C, E, F.

Emergency no.: 101 Fire; 102 Police; 103 Ambulance; 104 Gas leaks; 112 Rescue.


Currency: KZT, tenge. Daily Official (market) Foreign Exchange Rates:

You may exchange currency in the Almaty Airport at the Arrivals hall, in any bank in the city during its working hours, in some hotels’ lobby and in the 24/7 exchange points around the city.

Currency exchange:

Official banks’ branches

MiG currency exchange offices

NB: Majority of payments could be done by card (Visa, Mastercard, Apple pay, Google pay)

You may exchange currency in the Almaty Airport at the Arrivals hall, in any bank in the city during its working hours, in some hotels’ lobby and in the 24/7 exchange points around the city.


On top of Google Maps, for your convenience, we recommend to download 2 GIS app, which will help you find your way around the city and locate the nearest attractions and amenities.

Google Play:

Apple Store:


Depending on your citizenship, you may enter the Republic of Kazakhstan with visa or without visa, but subject to immigration registration (the latter is usually done by the hotel). Check if you need visa to Kazakhstan:

VISA related questions:

Ms. Aliya Akpayeva, Head Email:, Тel.: +7 727 313 30 40, ext. 159


WEATHER updates:
In the beginning of June we expect +26, +28 °C


GETTING FROM/TO AIRPORT (; T.: +7727 222-15-51)

By taxi

The average cost is around 2500-3000KZT to get to the city center (payment preferred in cash in KZT). The safe choice would be to take the official taxi services or get taxi service from the Yandex / UBER KZ. You can always book transfer from your hotel.

By bus to downtown/hotel Kazakhstan

№86 from stop «Akademiya GA» to «Abay avenue»

№92 takes you to stop «Abay avenue»

There is also a night bus №3 to the city centre, but it is not a very reliable service.

ACCOMMODATION (links to webpages):

Almaty city has many lodging facilities, available through, aribnb or (local aggregator). Decent studios/flats conveniently located for the conference can be found from around 15K KZT.

There are also many international quality hotels whose selective list (with links to webpages) is provided below. Please note that hotel rooms are running out quickly, so it is advisable to book them in advance.


Holiday Inn

Kazakhstan Hotel


Ritz Carlton

Hilton DoubleTree


Ibis Almaty


Grand Hotel Eurasia

Mildom Hotel


Near AlmaU

Sacvoyage Hotel


Olympica/Alpen Villle

Best Western Plus



Taxi is most convenient and quick transport. Economy ride within the city is under 2000 KZT (about US$4.5), depending on demand, traffic and daytime. In rush hours, please allow about 1 hour for a ride from KIMEP/downtown Almaty to AlmaU.

Yandex taxi app:

Google Play:

Apple Store:

Uber KZ app:

Google Play:

Apple Store:

Bus and trolleybus are the most common types of public transportation.

One-way ticket costs 150 KZT (cash only) / 100 KZT (with ONAY card).

The public transport card called ONAY card can be purchased in small kiosks around the city or at the metro stations. Via ONAY app you may open a virtual card (app is available in Russian and Kazakh languages only).

ONAY app also contains city map with bus routes and live movement of busses and trolleybuses.

Google Play:         Apple Store:


Metro has 9 stations across the city, but there is none around AlmaU.
The closes station to KIMEP University is Abai station.Webpage: may use the ONAY card or pay with cash (one-way ticket is 100 KZT) and credit cards.

Car Sharing


Google Play:  Apple Store:


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