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From the Soviet Gulag to the UN Security Council: Kazakhstan’s emergence as a middle power has lessons for Canada

By Steven Staples      

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s campaign team for a seat on the UN Security Council should take note of how this former Soviet republic managed to exert its independence and find enough diplomatic 'mojo' to gain a seat on the powerful body, writes Steven Staples.

As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lobbies for Canada to win a seat on the United Nations Security Council in the next vote in 2020, Steven Staples says he heed the advice and experience of current council member and fellow 'middle power' Kazakhstan. Photograph courtesy of the United Nations

Kazakhstan may not immediately leap to mind as a country that has much to teach Canada about diplomacy. But Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s campaign team for a seat on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) should take note of how this former Soviet republic managed to exert its independence and find enough diplomatic “mojo” to gain a seat on the powerful body. On New Year’s Day, the former Soviet Republic of Kazakhstan assumed the role of president of

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