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Chicago Policy Review, A Conversation with Azerbaijani Ambassador to the United States Elin Suleymanov (F04)

Elin Suleymanov is the Azerbaijani Ambassador to the United States of America. A graduate of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, Mr. Suleymanov also holds graduate degrees from Moscow State University and the University of Toledo. Prior to his appointment as ambassador in 2011, Suleymanov served as Azerbaijan’s first Consul General to Los Angeles and the entire western region of the United States. Azerbaijan is a former Soviet Republic that declared independence in 1991 and controls vast oil and natural gas deposits.

How does Azerbaijan fit into the overall energy equation of Europe and the world?

An anecdote: there is a 1943 video of Hitler in which one of his generals gave him a cake of the map of Russia and asked him to cut out a piece of his favorite part. He cut out Baku, Azerbaijan. He wanted the oil. Ever since the internal combustion engine, Europeans and the world have looked to Azerbaijan as an important energy provider.

We hope to maintain and strengthen our relationship with the West, in particular as a major supplier of oil and gas to Europe.

Long-term demand for energy in Europe is growing, even under difficult economic conditions. As that demand continues to grow, we remain a major contributor to energy security for Europe. As a pro-western country with abundant energy resources, we hope to maintain and strengthen our relationship with the West, in particular as a major supplier of oil and gas to Europe.

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