Free Lecture on Azerbaijan

When: September 14, 2011

From: 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM

Speaker:  Art McHaffie

Title:  Why is Settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict Important?

Location:  St. John’s Methodist Church

                1200 Old Pecos Trail

This lecture is free and open to the public.

This small South Caucasus region has been affected by pogroms, ethnic cleansing, and war between Azerbaijan and Armenia beginning in 1988 with Armenia occupying 16 percent of Azerbaijan’s territory. A ceasefire has been in effect since 1994, but the situation on the ground is unstable whereby an incident on the ceasefire line could provoke renewed conflict.

Art McHaffie, former board member and officer of CIR and current board member of the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA) will give a free presentation on the recent WACA leadership mission that he led to Azerbaijan earlier this summer.

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The leadership mission met with key senior Azerbaijan government officials, an Azerbaijan think tank, the United States Ambassador to Azerbaijan, an opposition party leader, faculty from two Azerbaijan universities, online journalists, and students. A recurring theme in these meetings was the need for a just resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict which has been subject to mediation by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) since 1992 and a ceasefire since 1994. Mr. McHaffie will describe the background surrounding this conflict and explain why a peaceful settlement of this conflict is important to United States and Europe’s interests.Mr. McHaffie was appointed Honorary Consul of Azerbaijan in New Mexico in October 2010.