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Photo: Kotoe Asagiri

Tariq Rauf, former Director of SIPRI’s Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-proliferation Programme, explains in an interview with IDN-INPS Editor-in-Chief the 'old' and 'new' nuclear dangers confronting the world, and reveals how and why the 65-nation UN Conference on Disarmament in Geneva remains blocked for nearly two decades.

Collage: Katsuhiro Asagiri combining pictures shot by Kotoe Asagiri

Sixty years after convening its first meeting, Pugwash held its 62nd conference in Astana, the capital city of Kazakhstan, from August 25-29, 2017. While IDN-INPS Editor-in-Chief and Director-General explains the significance of this landmark international gathering hosted by Kazakhstan, the video captures important milestones of the opening day with a film explaining the history of the nuclear age until today and one speaker after another stressing the compelling need for undertaking every effort to usher in a world free of nuclear weapons.

IDN-INPS was witness to four notable events several days ahead of July 2 that marked the 25th anniversary of the country's diplomatic service. These imparted Astana the flavour of a vigorous hub of international activity aimed at connecting people of all ethnicities, religions and political predispositions.

As Deputy Foreign Minister Roman Vassilenko told IDN in Astana, Kazakhstan's diplomacy in 25 years was marked by 25 achievements that were topped by those in regional and global diplomacy.

IDN-INPS travelled to Kazakhstan to provide an in-depth coverage of  EXPO 2017 Astana inaugurated on June 10. Touted by some as the 'Disneyland for Adults' and 'a virtual reality beyond science fiction' by others, EXPO 2017 shows the ways to access affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.

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