The attendees -- an odd mix of diplomats, military personnel, and Kazakh enthusiasts -- took the news peaceably over their chicken satay, perhaps distracted by the gigantic ticker rolling out reminders that "sometimes we in the West are in danger of expecting too much too quickly" from transitioning countries like Kazakhstan.
The only place you get an oversized news ticker as part of your event platform is at the Newseum, the U.S. capital's museum dedicated to the free press.
The line was taken from Margaret Thatcher's foreword to Nazarbaev's book. Never mind that she also wrote about "more to be done." Decidedly trivial. Same goes for other non-ticker-worthy lines, like: "Greater political opportunities, greater electoral transparency, and more open access to the media have been cited as areas where further progress is needed."
But those points weren't made at a venue -- the Newseum --- that exists to support and defend such rights. Ah well!
Had Nazarbaev been there, he likely would have been pleased with the event. His book was hailed as symbolic of Kazakhstan's progress ("there is much to praise" in Nazarbaev's leadership, gushed the ticker), and the event ended with a movie on the lives of Kazakh fisherman. All in all, certainly one view of "The Kazakhstan Way."