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Dr. Jamil Hasanli: Leadership and Nationalism in Azerbaijan

Dr. Jamil Hasanli is an Azerbaijani historian, author, and politician. He was a History and Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center in 2011, and also the 2015 recipient of the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award. He served two terms as a member of the Azeri Parliament from 2000-2010. Dr. Hasanli was a professor at Baku State University from 1993 to 2011 and Khazar University from 2011 to 2013.


Five Nations Bicker over Whether the Caspian is Lake or Sea


Audrey Altstadt: Should Access to Truth Be a Human Right

A fellow at the Kennan Institute from September 2014 to May 2015, Audrey L. Altstadt is a history professor and co-director of the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Iranian Azerbaijan in the Former Soviet Archives

Throughout the 1940s, Iranian Azerbaijan occupied an important place in the Soviet Union’s foreign policy. The region was the site of perhaps the Cold War’s first crisis, sparked by the Soviet Union's refusal to return control of Iranian territory at the end of World War II and the creation of the shortlived People's Republic of Azerbaijan. Stalin eventually bowed to Western pressure and withdrew Soviet troops in late 1946.

Book Talk: Frustrated Democracy in Post-Soviet Azerbaijan

At a time of declining democracy throughout the world, the case of Azerbaijan reflects a documentable trend toward and then away from democratization. Discussing portions of her new book Frustrated Democracy in Post-Soviet Azerbaijan, Audrey L. Altstadt explored the array of circumstances and individual choices that shaped Azerbaijan's political, economic, and civic life from the rise of the Popular Front to the moves against the political opposition, media, human rights defenders, and "Islamist terrorists."

Frustrated Democracy in Post-Soviet Azerbaijan

Frustrated Democracy in Post-Soviet Azerbaijan tells how a newly independent oil-rich former Soviet republic adopted at first a Western model of democratic government but turned toward a corrupt authoritarianism.

Political Challenges of Contemporary Azerbaijan

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. 

The Next Crisis You're Not Watching: Don't Ignore the South Caucasus

Paris and Syria share the headlines today, but worrying developments in the South Caucasus raise alarm bells about weak governance and the risk of war. The countries of the region—Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia—have chosen diverging domestic and foreign policy paths, but all face intense pressures from Russia to expand its influence. The West should act now to diminish the likelihood of a new war and press for greater political pluralism.