Azerbaijan: External Relations, Internal Realities
Leila Alieva, Center for National and International Studies, Baku
Svante Cornell, Institute for Strategic and Development Policy, Stockholm
Vugar Gojayev, Human Rights Watch, Berlin
Gerald Knaus, European Stability Initiative, Berlin
Rashad Shirinov, Radboud University, Nijmegen
Speakers at this event will explore the likely developments in Azerbaijan's domestic and foreign policies in the short to medium term. With Azerbaijan's economic growth slowing down after the peak in oil production in 2010, steering the country's economic development through the next decade is likely to pose new challenges for the regime. At the same time, Baku has engendered increased international concerns about the domestic political scene by intensifying its harrassment of opposition activists and further tightening control over the media.
Attendance is by invitation only.