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The Nazarbayev Prize: Setting Good in Motion

November 22, 2017
By Dr. Lisa Williams

Nursultan Nazarbayev worked as an iron caster in the blast furnaces of the Soviets. But his legacy was forged like steel in the steppes of Kazakhstan. He came from a family of shepherds – nomads – from the Greek nomas to wander, to find pastures – related to nomos – meaning to graze – and from nemein meaning to “deal out,” “distribute,” “allot.” Steady as a shepherd, he was born to lead. Or, as the late Congressman Eni Faleomavaega would say – Nazarbayev was “chosen on the high seas” to be the pilot of the boat “for only in wind and waves will the best helmsman, [or navigator], be revealed.”
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