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Political Challenges of Contemporary Azerbaijan

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The Global Europe Program is pleased to host the 11th Annual Ion Ratiu Democracy Award Workshop on Political Challenges of Contemporary Azerbaijan featuring keynote remarks the 2015 recipient of the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award, Dr. Jamil Hasanli, an historian and democracy activist in Azerbaijan. 

Established in 2005, the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award (IRDA) aims to bring visibility and international recognition to the ideas, ideals and accomplishments of individuals around the world who are working on behalf of democracy. It brings recognition to the importance of the work carried out by democracy activists around the world.  The event expresses the deep commitment to democracy of the late Ion Ratiu through his contributions as a Romanian politician as well as his interest in democratic change worldwide.

Previous awardees include Mustafa Nayyem (Ukraine, 2014), Angela Kocze (Hungary, 2013), Aung San Suu Kyi (Myanmar, 2012), Nabeel Rajab (Bahrain, 2011), Oleg Kozlovsky (Russia, 2010), Adam Michnik (Poland, 2009), Eleonora Cercavschi (Moldova, 2008), Anatoli Mikhailov (Belarus, 2007), Saad Ibrahim (Egypt, 2006), and Sergio Aguayo (Mexico, 2005).

This event is co-sponsored by the Ratiu Family Charitable Foundation and the Ratiu Center for Democracy.


  • Jamil Hasanli

    Public Policy Scholar
    Former Member of the Parliament, Republic of Azerbaijan
  • Christian F. Ostermann

    Director, History and Public Policy Program; Cold War International History Project; North Korea Documentation Project; Nuclear Proliferation International History Project
    Woodrow Wilson Center
  • Hon. Kenneth S. Yalowitz

    Global Fellow
    Former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Belarus from 1994-1997 and to Georgia from 1998-2001; former Career Diplomat and Member of the Senior Foreign Service, U.S. Department of State; former Director of the Dickey Center for International Understanding, Dartmouth College
  • Richard Kauzlarich

    Co-Director, Center for Energy Science and Policy and Adjunct Professor, George Mason University; former U.S. Ambassador to Azerbaijan and Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Richard Morningstar

    Founding Director, Global Energy Center, Atlantic Council; former Special Eurasian Energy Envoy and U.S. Ambassador to Azerbaijan
  • Audrey L. Altstadt

    Professor of History, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Cory Welt

    Associate Director, Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES), Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University