Title: Azerbaijan – A Key U.S. Ally in the Strategically Important Caspian Region
Location: Tipton Hall, Santa Fe University of Art and Design, 1600 St. Michael’s Drive
Reception including hors d’oeuvre buffet and complimentary beverages will follow Mr. Aghayev’s talk.
This lecture is free and open to the public! Please notify the CIR office if you are planning to attend, by phone: 982-4931 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Azerbaijan is the largest country in the Caucasus region located at the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe. It has an ancient and historic cultural heritage, including the distinction of being the first Muslim-majority country to have operas, theater and plays. The Azerbaijan Democratic Republic, the first-ever parliamentary democracy in the Muslim world, was established in 1918, but was invaded by the Bolshevist Russia in 1920. Azerbaijan restored its independence from the USSR in 1991.
Having the most developed economy of the region, driven largely by vast resources of oil and gas, and staunchly secular, Azerbaijan enjoys excellent relations with the United States, and is also one the few predominantly Muslim countries enjoying strong relations of friendship with Israel.
The Consul General will talk about Azerbaijan’s versatile experiences as an independent country since the collapse of the Soviet Union as well as its relations with Russia, Iran, Turkey and the U.S. He will also elaborate on current political, economic and security-related developments in the Caspian – a region that is of critical importance for the United States.
On April 10, 2012, President Ilham Aliyev of the Republic of Azerbaijan appointed Nasimi Aghayev as Consul General of Azerbaijan in Los Angeles with a consular district that includes California and other 12 Western U.S. states.
Prior to that, he was counselor for political and public affairs at the Embassy of Azerbaijan in Washington, D.C. Joining Azerbaijan’s diplomatic service in 1999, the Consul General also served at the country’s Embassies in Austria (2000-03) and Germany (2005-08), as well as in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Baku.
The Consul General holds Master of European Law (LL.M.) degree from the Europa-Institute of the Saarland University, Germany, and B.A. and M.A. degrees in International Relations from the Baku State University, Azerbaijan. He was also trained at the Vienna Diplomatic Academy in Austria. His book “Humanitäre Intervention und Völkerrecht: der NATO-Einsatz im Kosovo” (Humanitarian Intervention and International Law: NATO operation in Kosovo) was published in Berlin in 2007.
He is fluent in English, French, German, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish.
The Consul General holds the diplomatic rank of Envoy Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of First Class.