Azerbaijan Ambassador Speaks on November 19

On Nov. 19 OVPIA hosted a public talk by the ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the United States, Mr. Elin Suleymanov.  His talk, “The Future of Azerbaijan as an Energy and Cultural Crossroads,” took place on Tuesday, November 19 at 4pm in the State Room East of the Indiana Memorial Union. Following the lecture, Vice President David Zaret hosted a reception in the University Club. The event is cosponsored by the Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center and the Department of Central Eurasian Studies.

 Ambassador Elin Suleymanov 

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 leading the team, which established Azerbaijani 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 in Medford, Massachusetts, 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 languages.