BAKU, Azerbaijan, May 2. ADA University in Baku
is hosting an international conference on “Shaping the geopolitics
of Greater Eurasia: from past to present and future” with the
participation of about 40 representatives from more than 30
countries, Trend reports.
Rector of the ADA University, former Ambassador of Azerbaijan to
the US Hafiz Pashayev, Assistant to the President of the Republic
of Azerbaijan – Head of the Department for Economic Affairs and
Innovative Development Policy Shahmar Movsumov, Minister of Digital
Development and Transportation Rashad Nabiyev, Deputy former
Assistant Secretary of State of the US, former First Deputy
Chairman of the Senate of Uzbekistan’s Parliament and other persons
are taking part in the event.
Pashayev said that ADA University is holding such a conference
for the fourth time.
According to him, the conference is of great importance from the
point of view of politics, science and international relations, and
noted that the university is considered an important platform for
discussing issues on the regional and global agenda. The ideas
expressed here are covered in magazines around the world and in
The rector pointed out that the Great Leader Heydar Aliyev was a
person who took important steps in the field of geopolitics.
“He was the only Azerbaijani who reached political heights in
the Soviet Union. In the 1990s, Azerbaijan was going through a
crisis. The war, the occupation of our lands by Armenia, the
economic crisis – under these conditions the Great Leader Heydar
Aliyev came to the leadership of the country. After the national
leader came to power, the war was stopped and the economy
stabilized,” Pashayev said.
Speaking at the conference, the Assistant to the President of
Azerbaijan spoke about the significance of the “Contract of the
Century”, the Baku–Tbilisi–Ceyhan pipeline, and major transport
corridor projects initiated by Azerbaijan.
Movsumov said that about $300 billion of investments have been
invested in the country, which has turned from a country sharing
its alternative energy resources into a transit country.
Minister of Digital Development and Transportation of Azerbaijan
said that the country is the initiator of many international
projects, mainly in the field of transport and transit. Great
leader Heydar Aliyev also laid the foundation for the
Baku–Tbilisi–Kars railway project.
Nabiyev highlighted that the events taking place in the world,
wars once again show the need for alternative transit routes, which
increases the importance of the Trans-Caspian International
Transport Route also known as the Middle Corridor.
“Over the past 10 years, we have built several new airports.
According to our calculations, the volume of transit traffic
through our country in the next five years will amount to 23
million tons. Moreover, the Middle Corridor should not be
considered only as an alternative during the crisis,” Nabiyev
The moderator of the second session of the conference was a
research faculty member of the Energy Academic Group at the U.S.
Naval Postgraduate School, Brenda Shaffer.
Furthermore, the speakers, former US Ambassador to Azerbaijan,
former Co-Chair of OSCE Minsk Group Matthew Bryza, the Deputy
Chairman of the Senate of Uzbekistan Sodig Safoyev, former Georgian
Ambassador to the US and Canada Tedo Japaridze, former Secretary
General of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Bolat Nurgaliyev
and former Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian
Affairs at the US Department of State David Merkel noted that
Heydar Aliyev is always highly appreciated because he brought the
young Azerbaijani state out of the years full of chaos. It was
mentioned that Heydar Aliyev rose to very important posts in the
Soviet era and, thanks to his political wisdom, received
recognition in the Soviet Union.