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14 Bul-Bul Prospect, apartment 9, Baku, Azerbaijan, AZ1000
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Professional Interests
Economic and political reform; religious freedoms; democratic theory; freedom of the press, journalism, diplomacy.

1979-1982  Doctoral Candidate, Institute of Biophysics, Academy of Sciences of the USSR, Moscow
1977-1979  Visiting Fellow, Institute of Biophysics, Moscow
1972-1977  Baccalaureate, Azerbaijan State University, Department of Physics and Mathematics, Baku

Azeri (native), Russian (native), English (fluent), Turkish (fluent)

Professional Experience
1994-present  Co-Founder and Vice President of the FAR CENTRE for Economic and Political Research
Responsible for directing research projects, conference development, social outreach, media coverage, and office administration.

1996-1997  Invited Visiting Scholar, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, New York
  Year-long participant in the Columbia Program in Human Rights and Religious Freedoms.

2006  Member of Mejlis (Plenum) of Musavat Party and Chief Political Analyst of the political party, Musavat [Equality]

1993  Member, Governing Board, and Chief Political Analyst of the political party, Musavat [Equality]

1993  Consultant to Azadlyg [Freedom], the official Azeri-language newspaper of the political party, Azerbaycan Xalg Cebhesi [People’s Front of Azerbaijan, or PFA]

1992    Vice Premier of Azerbaijan Republic; Ambassador of Azerbaijan to Russia
Founded the Embassy of Azerbaijan in Moscow, worked for 12 months to develop and improve foreign relations with newly independent Russia, particularly regarding: the division of state property between Russia and Azerbaijan after the collapse of the USSR; the creation of an Azerbaijan delegation to the newly formed Commonwealth of Independent States; and negotiations with Armenia over the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabagh. 

1991  Editor-in-Chief of Svoboda [Freedom], the official Russian-language newspaper of the PFA

1989  Member of the Governing Board of the PFA; Advisor on foreign relations

1986  Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Botany, Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan

1982-1986  Research Fellow, Institute of Botany, Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan

Books2001  Demokratiya: Gedilesi Uzun Bir Yol [Democracy: A Long Way to Go]. Baku. (in Azeri). 
  An Azeri-language reader in classics of democracy and democratic reform, from Plato to Vaclav Havel, with original commentaries. Intended for use in high-school teaching, advanced research, and popular libraries. Sponsored by the Embassies of the United States and Norway, Stat Oil, British Petroleum (BP), and the Soros Foundation.

1999  “Insan Haqqlari Besheriyyetin Esas Ideyasidir” [The Rights of Man as a Central Idea for Mankind] in Hacizada, ed., Subject or Citizen (Baku: FAR CENTRE). (in Azeri).
Chapter in textbook intended for human rights activists, high-school, and college students. Sponsored by the United States Information Agency.

1995  150,000 Znakov o Demokratii [150,000 Signs of Democracy]. Istanbul: Turk Arashdirmalar Vagfi (in Russian). 
  The first extended essay on the meaning of liberalism in the Azeri language.

2001-present  Demokratiya Evi [Democracy House] @
 Creator and webmaster of the first online library of the social sciences in the Azeri language. Funded by the FAR CENTRE with the support of the SOROS Foundation.

Selected Articles1998  “Tretiy put. Strakh ili Sobstvenniy Vybor: Islamskiy Mir na Poroge Reformatsii” [The Third Way: Fear or Personal Choices; the Islamic World on the eve of reformation]. Nezavisimaia Gazeta (Moscow), 15 April, p. 9. (in Russian)

1997  Novaia Identichnost’ dlia Novogo Azerbaidzhana.» [A New Identity for a New Azerbaijan]. Tsentral’naia Aziia i Kavkaz (Stockholm), March, pp. 43-48. (in Russian)

1997b  War is Blocking Everything. War Report (London). No. 4, pp. 16-17. (in English).

1997c  Democracy in a State of Emergency: Russia in the Transcaucasus. Transition Journal (Prague). Vol. 3, no. 4, pp. 42-45. (in English)

1995  Author of Charter for the Azerbaijani political party, Musavat.

1990  «Imeet li Perestroika Stsenaryi? [Does Perestroika Have a Plot?] Russkaia Mysl’ (Paris), no. 9, p. 5. (in Russian).

1988-91  Co-Author of Charter and Bylaws of the PFA.

1977-82  Author of numerous papers on experimental membrane biophysics.

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