Iran-Azerbaijan Relations and Strategic Competition in the Caucasus

  • Monday, Apr 29, 2013
  • Despite common cultural and religious heritage, relations between Iran and Azerbaijan remain tumultuous. Issues ranging from the status Iran’s ethnic Azeri minority to the frozen conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh to relations with Israel all complicate bilateral ties between Baku and Tehran. Iran-Azerbaijan relations also shape larger geopolitical questions related to the strategic balance in the Caucasus and the role of major regional powers Turkey and Russia. With tensions over Iran’s nuclear program again in the spotlight, the CSIS Russia and Eurasia Program is hosting a discussion about the current dynamics of Iran-Azerbaijan relations and their regional and international implications.

    Opening Remarks:
    9:00 - 9:15 a.m.

    Andrew C. Kuchins, Director and Senior Fellow, CSIS Russia and Eurasia Program

    Farhad Mammadov, Director, Center for Strategic Studies Azerbaijan

     

    Panel I: Current Dynamics of Iran-Azerbaijan Relations
    9:15 - 10:15 a.m.

    Farhad Mammadov, Director, Center for Strategic Studies Azerbaijan

    Asim Mollazade, MP, Parliament of Azerbaijan 

    Heydar Mirza, Leading Research Fellow, Center for Strategic Studies Azerbaijan

    Alex Vatanka, Middle East Institute

    Chair: Andrew C. Kuchins, Director and Senior Fellow, CSIS Russia and Eurasia Program

     

    Panel II: Iran-Azerbaijan Relations: Regional and International Implications
    10:30 - 12:00 p.m. 

    Sergey Markedonov, Visiting Fellow, CSIS Russia and Eurasia Program

    Nigar Goksel, Editor-in-Chief, Turkish Policy Quarterly

    Lu Xiang, Visiting Fellow, CSIS Freeman Chair in China Studies

    Chair: Jeffrey Mankoff, Deputy Director and Fellow, CSIS Russia and Eurasia Program

     
    A light breakfast will be provided starting at 8:30 a.m.

     

Location

Basement Level Conference Rooms A & B
Center for Strategic and International Studies
1800 K Street, NW
Washington DC, 20006

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