Azerbaijan: A Trusted Ally U.S. in a Turbulent Region

March 27, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Mānoa Campus, John A. Burns Hall, East-West Center Gallery Add to Calendar

The Honorable Nasimi Aghayev, Consul General of the Republic of Azerbaijan, will share his insight on Azerbaijan’s crucial role in the Caspian region, and its relationship with the U.S., Israel, and her neighbors. Azerbaijan is the only country that borders both Iran and Russia. The current troubling developments in the post- Soviet area, especially the crisis around Ukraine’s Crimea region and Russia’s increasingly assertive foreign policy are causes for huge concern for the West and former Soviet republics. Azerbaijan is an important ally of the United States, European Union, and Israel. By sending peacekeeping troops to Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan and by taking part in the U.S. fight against terrorism, it made the country an important contributor to international security. Azerbaijan is experiencing rapid economic and social developments and has become an investment opportunity as an oil-rich nation with massive deep-water oilfields. Several international oil companies are helping develop the country’s oil and gas projects. Yet, the Trans Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP) project that transfers natural gas from the Caspian Sea to Europe, may cause friction with other regional gas exporters such as Russia and Iran.

About the Honorable Nasimi Aghayev: Nasimi Aghayev serves as the Consul General of Republic of Azerbaijan in Los Angeles with a consular district of 13 Western U.S. states. Prior, the Consul General served as the Counselor for Political and Public Affairs at Azerbaijan's Embassy in Washington, D.C. Joining Azerbaijan’s diplomatic service in 1999, he also served at the country's Embassies in Austria (2000-03), Germany (2005-08), as well as in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Baku. In 2009, the Consul General was a Visiting Scholar at the Canadian Munk School of Global Affairs (University of Toronto). He holds a Master of European Law degree (LL.M.) 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. The Consul General holds the diplomatic rank of Envoy Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of First Class.

Seating is limited so please RSVP by phone, email.

Co-Sponsors: Pacific and Asian Affairs Council (PAAC), East-West Center, and The Consulate General of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Los Angeles

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