A note from history circa pre-world war two: central Asia, incl. Kazakhstan, had been a huge interest of FDR's. President Roosevelt (Franklin not teddy) was secretly studying the potential of central Asia along with his Vice President Wallace. It would behoove us to understand that this focus of FDR along with Wallace had been for "spiritual" reasons, as much as that is possible for the secular Federal officers.
In recent events, a violent shift is taking place in that part of the world, in particular Kazakhstan. This is the domino in the aftermath of Afghanistan. Here is an interesting detail, have a read: