Azerbaijan: Crossroads of a Region in Flux
LISD co-sponsored a lunch seminar, "Azerbaijan: Crossroads of a Region in Flux," with guest speaker, Elin Suleymanov, Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the US on Tuesday, October 23, 2012. The session was held at 12:00 p.m. in 202 Jones Hall on the Princeton University campus. The seminar was co-sponsored with Near Eastern Studies and the Transregional Institute.
In October of 2011, the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, appointed Elin Suleymanov as Azerbaijan’s Ambassador to the United States of America. Prior to that, for over five years, Mr. Suleymanov had been the nation’s first Consul General to Los Angeles and the Western States and led the team that established Azerbaijan’s diplomatic presence on the West Coast. Earlier, he served as Senior Counselor at the Foreign Relations Department, Office of the President in Baku, Azerbaijan and as Press Officer of the Azerbaijani Embassy in Washington, DC. Mr. Suleymanov’s experience before joining diplomatic service includes working with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Azerbaijan, as well as with the Open Media Research Institute in Prague, Czech Republic, and Glaverbel Czech, a leading manufacturing company in East-Central Europe.
A graduate of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy of Tufts University, Mr. Suleymanov also holds graduate degrees from the Political Geography department of the Moscow State University, Russia, and from the University of Toledo, Ohio. Mr. Suleymanov has authored numerous articles and is a frequent presenter at academic events. He speaks Azerbaijani, English, Russian and Czech.