On February 12, Svante Cornell testified at a Hearing of the Subcommitte for Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs. Click here to download PDF of prepared text.
By Svante E. Cornell, S. Frederick Starr, and Mamuka Tsereteli
The South Caucasus is key to Western efforts to shape intersection between Europe, Eurasia and the Middle East, and to Western commercial and strategic access to and from the heart of the Eurasian continent. Yet far from developing, Western influence in the region is at an all-time low. As Western influence has declined, and partly as a consequence of it, the region’s development has stagnated. This situation is the result of a lack of strategic vision in the West and to a series of tactical errors. This paper analyzes the shortcomigns of western policies, and offers proposals for a new Western approach to the region.
Thursday, 01 May 2014
"E-Government and Anti-Corruption in Azerbaijan: the ASAN Centers"
In 2012, the Azerbaijan State Agency for Public Service and Social Innovations (known as ASAN-"Easy Service") began delivering a wide range of public services to citizens and businesses. At present, ASAN facilitates the delivery of more than 150 services from 10 differententities and over 30 services by private companies in the form of PPP at its facilities. The Agency’s aim is to guarantee uniform, efficient and transparent service and to be an example of integrity for the public sector. Dr. Karimov will discuss the experience of this Agency and its future prospects.
Dr. Inam Karimov is Chairman of the State Agency for Public Service and Social Innovations under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Previously, he worked as advisor (2002–2004) and senior advisor (2004–2012) at the Presidential Administration. 2005 to 2012, he was Secretary of the country’s anti-corruption commission and Head of the Azerbaijani Delegation in the Council of Europe’s GRECO (Group of States Against Corruption), where he was rapporteur on the situation of corruption in several Council of Europe member-states. Inam Karimov holds a Bachelor’s degree in law from the University of Strasbourg and a LL.M. and Ph.D. from Sorbonne University.