H.E. Farid Shafiyev, Chairman of the Center of Analysis of International Relations (AIR Center) in Azerbaijan, was hosted by the Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies (CHS) and the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Doha on November 23, 2021.

Professor Sultan Barakat, the Center's Founding Director, moderated the lecture, which was attended by several diplomats, including the Ambassadors of Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, and the Republic of Turkey, as well as experts and students from the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies.

H.E. Shafiyev spoke about Azerbaijan's AIR Center, a think tank that delivers strategic insights and policy recommendations on international issues. It also aims to raise awareness of Azerbaijan's foreign policy priorities, particularly in the South Caucasus and the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict, regional security, and economic cooperation, among others.

H.E. Shafiyev presented an overview of Azerbaijan's history and long-standing ties to the Middle East. He spoke on critical points in Azerbaijan's history, including the impact of Russian presence on the country's political economy, from the 19th century onwards. H.E. Shafiyev expressed hope for a comprehensive peace settlement between Azerbaijan and Armenia that would include freedom of movement and no travel restrictions. H.E. Shafiyev also spoke about the lessons learnt from 27 years of negotiations, including the shortcomings of the Madrid Principles.

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