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CSIS Hosts Conference on U.S. Azerbaijan Relations

On 27 March 2012, the US Center for Strategic and International Studies hosted a conference on "Development prospects in Caspian Basin: 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations with the United States".

Hosts of the conference consisting of two panels on "20th anniversary of diplomatic relations" and "Path to economic development: energy, pipelines and economic reforms" were expert of the Heritage Foundation Ariel Cohen and expert of the Center for Strategic and International Studies Janusz Bugajski.

Chairman of the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute Frederic Star, fellow of the Middle East Institute Alex Vatanka, President of the Jamestown Foundation Glen Howard, Professor of the George Washington University Marlene Laruelle, Director for International Affairs in BP's Washington, DC office Greg Saunders, Azerbaijan's Ambassador to the US Elin Suleymanov, economic counselor at the Embassy Nargiz Gurbanova, Deputy Chief of Mission at Georgian Embassy in the US David Rakviashvili and expert of the World Bank on Azerbaijan Rashmi Shankar addressed the conference.

Key speaker of the conference Elin Suleymanov noted that President Ilham Aliyev successfully continued the regional integration and cooperation strategy with neighboring countries founded by national leader Heydar Aliyev and relations between Azerbaijan, Turkey and Georgia were a vivid example to neighborhood relations. The ambassador also noted the importance of the long-term strategy of the US in the region and said the overall development of the region depended on the settlement of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.


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