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29 January 2014. The staff of the Public Opinion Research Institute, Yevgeniya Rudneva, Deputy Director for Projects, Master of Sociology; Ainur Mazhitova, First Deputy Director, Master of Sociology; Nurgul Khaidarova, Expert analyst of the Institute, the Master of Sciences in Government Management, presented the results of sociological research "Problems and Prospects of Development of Small and Medium-Sized Businesses", commissioned by the Institute for Public Policy of the Nur Otan Party.
27-28 February 2014. Participation of the Institute sociologists - Ainur Mazhitova and Anastasia Shandryga in the IV International Sociological Conference "Continuing Grushin's work" organized by Russian Public Opinion Research Center, Foundation for Promotion of Public Opinion research "VOX POPULI" and the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration under the President of the Russian Federation (Moscow, Russia).

20 March 2014. The Public Opinion Research Institute was attended by Andrzej Wierzbicki, a famous Polish scientist, researcher, specialist in the field of inter-ethnic relations, Professor of the Institute of Political Science, University of Warsaw.
Andrzej Wierzbicki is a member of the Editorial Board of Journal "INTERNATIONAL STUDIES. Society. Politics. Economics", and an academic advisor to a number of research projects.

22-24 May 2014. Botagoz Rakisheva, Director of the Institute, participated in Joint Regional Conference ASEEES-CESS held at Nazarbayev University.

24-29 March 2014. Participation of Yevgeniya Rudneva, Deputy Director for Projects of the Public Opinion Research Institute at the 55th Annual Convention of International Studies Association (ISA) "Spaces and Places: Geopolitics in an Era of Globalization" which took place on 26-29 March 2014 in Toronto (Canada).

In section Diplomacy in Eurasia, Yevgeniya Rudneva delivered her speech on "Public relations in the post-communist space (a project on integration sentiments of citizens of Eurasia on the results of comparative research "Integration Barometer" which is implemented by the Center for Integration Studies of the Eurasian Development Bank and the International Research Agency "Eurasian monitor") and she outlined there a number of the research results.

There, within the framework of the convention, was a workshop "Post-communist states in international relations" where topics related to the processes on the post-Soviet space were discussed. At the workshop she presented our Journal "INTERNATIONAL STUDIES. Society. Politics. Economics" devoted to this occasion. The Issue was dedicated to a topical and high profile subject "Security Challenges in Central Asia".

1 April 2014. We hosted our guest Park Jung Gyeong, a young scientist, researcher at the Institute of Central Asian Studies of Hankuk University of Foreign Studies. His Kazakh name is Amir. He is fluent in Kazakh, and he learned Kazakh at the University in Seoul. Department of the Kazakh language of Hankuk University trains specialists of Kazakh language, and what is most notably the program does not provide a language practice in Kazakhstan. Only in their third year, students with a good knowledge of the language go to Kazakhstan for internship.
25-26 April 2014.Gulden Ashkenova, Data Processing Manager, Master of Sociology participated in the V Congress of Sociologists of the Turkic-speaking countries "National strategies of the Turkic-speaking states development" (Almaty) organized by the Association of Sociologists of Kazakhstan with the support of the Ministry of Education and Science of Kazakhstan and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The Congress was attended by researchers in sociology and interdisciplinary social sciences from Turkey, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and others countries.
13 May 2014. A regular expert discussion on "Eurasian Economic Union: Pros and Cons" has been conducted.
15 May 2014. Expert meeting "US policy toward Central Asia: the Ukrainian factor". The event was held in the framework of Network of experts of Central and South Asia. Invited expert - Houman A. Sadri, Professor of the University of Central Florida, United Nations Model Coordinator and a member of the Executive Committee of the ISA (Orlando, USA).

19 May 2014. The Public Opinion Research Institute was attended by Pal Tamas, a well-known researcher, sociologist, scientist, professor. Meeting and conversation of our sociologists with the renowned fellow researchers, according to the Institute's long-standing tradition, was held during the pizza-party. The conversation was mostly about the methodology of ethnic studies, the situation around Ukraine and research methodology.

21 May 2014. In the framework of the VII Astana Economic Forum a panel session "The Public Perception of the Eurasian Integration" took place which was dedicated to the problems of perception by the public and elites of the processes of integration and cooperation of CIS countries in economic, political and socio-cultural (humanitarian) fields.
22 May 2014. The Public Opinion Research Institute was visited by Igor V. Zadorin, Executive Director of the International Research Agency the Eurasian Monitor.
29 May 2014. Participation in the IV International Conference, organized by the Institute of Central Asian Studies, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (Seoul, South Korea).
Botagoz Rakisheva, Director of the Public Opinion Research Institute, and Ainur Mazhitova, First Deputy Director, delivered reports on the Conference.

6 June 2014. Center for Security Programs and the Public Opinion Research Institute conducted an expert discussion "Trends in Global Terrorism: Central Asian perspective". Keynote speakers: Yerlan Karin – Candidate of Political Science (Kazakhstan); Professor Tatyana Dronzina - Member of the International Association for the Study of Terrorism (Bulgaria); Jacob Zenn - Analyst of The Jamestown Foundation (USA).
25 June 2014.Botagoz Rakisheva, Director of the Public Opinion Research Institute met with representatives of China Institute of Contemporary International Relations (CASMO) - Vice President Feng Zhongping, Head of Department for Central Asian Studies Ding Xiaoxing and Ye Tianle, Junior researcher of the Department for Central Asian Studies.
At the meeting, where the current state of the Kazakhstan-Chinese relations in the field of Education and Science were mainly discussed, the parties agreed on the establishment and strengthening research ties and holding joint conferences in Kazakhstan and China.

9-10 July 2014. Participation of the Institute staff in the expert workshop "Youth in Central Asia", where Professor Hurrelmann Klaus, one of the most well-known German experts on youth sociology, academic advisor of the Shell Youth Study, gave a speech.
Organizer: The Friedrich Ebert Foundation.

15-17 July 2014. YevgeniyaRudneva (Deputy Director for Projects of the Institute) participated in the School of Young Experts on Central Asia held in Nizhny Novgorod (Russia).

"School of young experts on Central Asia" - one of the leading projects of A.M. Gorchakov Foundation for Public Diplomacy has been held annually since 2012 in the form of scientific and educational programs for young professionals in the field of international relations, international journalism, the world economy as well as representatives of the scientific community invitees. This year workshop was devoted to topical issues of cooperation between Russia and the Central Asian countries.

The purpose of the program: the creation of a discussion platform for the interaction of young political scientists, scientists on international affairs and journalists from Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan. Political, economic, social and other aspects of international relations in the region, as well as general issues of topical international problems were chosen as a subject of the discussion.

During the seminar, the participants attended the lectures of leading Russian experts on Central Asian region and Russia's foreign policy, as well as they participated in "Round Tables" and interactive lessons.

3 September 2014. Round table on the topic "Labor conflicts: constructive ways to prevent and resolve" (Taraz).
Ainur Mazhitova, First Deputy Director of the Public Opinion Research Institute, made a report presenting results of complex sociological research aimed at identifying the level of social tensions and the risks of labor conflicts in the enterprises of the region. The study was commissioned by the Department of Internal Politics of Akimat of Zhambyl region.

29 September 2014. Another expert meeting was held jointly with the Scientific Expert Council of the Assembly of People of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz ethno-cultural association the Kyrgyzstan-Astana and Kazakh-Russian University.
The invited expert is Professor Muratbek Imanaliyev, Kyrgyz state and political figure. For two years, M. Imanaliyev served as Secretary-General of the SCO (January 2010 - December 2012), he was the Ambassador of the Kyrgyz Republic to the PRC. Now M. Imanaliyev is a Head of the Institute for Public Politics.
30 September 2014. Round table on the topic "The Dynamics Of Social Changes In Modern Kazakhstan: 1991-2014", organized by the Institute of World Economics and Politics (IWEP) at the Foundation of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan (www.iwep.kz).

The meeting discussed topics such as the emergence of new social groups in Kazakhstan society, migration, urbanization, particularly changes in the Kazakhstan village, the problems of repatriates' adaptation, religion in the system of values.

Participants of the Round Table: A. Alekseenko, Doctor of Historical Science, Professor at the Department of History of Kazakhstan and Law at D.Serikbayev East Kazakhstan State Technical University; G. Ileuova, PhD in Sociology, President of PF "TSSPI "Strategy"; B. Rakisheva, PhD in Sociology, Director of the Public Opinion Research Institute, G. Telebayev, Doctor of Philosophy, President of PF "Astana-Zertteu", I. Chernyh, Doctor of Politics, Head researcher of KISR under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan; S. Ermahanova, PhD in Sociology and many others.

Botagoz Rakisheva, Director of the Public Opinion Research Institute, reported on "The Kazakh Diaspora: Migration Potential And Expectations From Kazakhstan (The Results Of Sociological Expeditions - Mongolia, China, Russia And Uzbekistan)".

Also the Round Table was attended by members of the Institute - Anastasiya Shandryga, Master of Sociology, Head of Field Department and Ainur Mazhitova, Master of Sociology, First Deputy Director.

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