Kazakhstan has made strides in fighting organized crime and terrorism. The country annually hosts Steppe Eagle joint counter-terrorism and peacekeeping exercises between Kazakh, US and NATO forces. Thanks to these exercises and the military training assistance Kazakhstan receives, it has developed forces that are capable of working with NATO as well as protect pipelines and other sensitive energy infrastructures of the country from potential attacks. Moreover, the US helped Kazakhstan strengthen its naval capabilities. These efforts confirm Kazakhstani government’s commitment to establish strong defense and security ties with the Western Allies.