Past eventInvitation Only

The Geopolitics of Azerbaijan

28 April 2010 - 10:00 to 11:30

Chatham House, London


Professor Elkhan Nuriyev, Director, Centre for Strategic Studies under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan



Professor Nuriyev will provide an overview of Azerbaijan's key geopolitical concerns and the foreign policy priorities of the country.

The Caucasus region is bound by a complex web of interests and antagonisms and Azerbaijan's geopolitical position is delicately poised. For Baku, the most dominant political issue remains the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, where resolution seems as distant as ever, and renewed armed conflict far from impossible. Relations with Turkey are also strained, following attempts to improve relations between Turkey and Armenia. Beyond the Karabakh conflict, competing outside interests in the resources of the Caspian region are a major determinant of Azerbaijan's geopolitical course.

Elkhan Nuriyev was appointed Director of the Centre for Strategic Studies under the President of Azerbaijan in 2008. He is also Professor of Political Science at Western University in Azerbaijan. From 1992-1994 Dr Nuriyev held diplomatic positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan. His most recent publications include The South Caucasus at the Crossroads and Azerbaijan and the European Union: New Landmarks of Strategic Partnership.

Attendance at this event is strictly by invitation only.