In this article, I investigate the processes of the discursive construction of the identity of Kazakhstan as a sovereign and non-nuclear state, and show how the construction and performance of these identities are both productive and the product of Nuclear Weapons Technology (NWT) as a threat to the national security of Kazakhstan. I argue that both practices - the production of the state identity and the abolition of the ex-Soviet nuclear arsenal from the territory of Kazakhstan - are instrumental ways to secure the values of Kazakhstan, in this case the existence of Kazakhstan as a sovereign state. © 2010 British International Studies Association.
Abzhaparova, A. (2011). Denuclearisation practices of Kazakhstan: Performing sovereign identity, preserving national security. Review of International Studies, 37(04), 1537-1553. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0260210510001270