Dynasty and Democracy in Azerbaijan: The Referendum Abolishing Presidential Term Limits

Wednesday, April 15, 2009
1219 International Affairs Building

Please join the Harriman Institute for a talk by Emin Milli, co-founder of AN Network, a network of young civic activists in Azerbaijan, established in 2005.

This March, Azerbaijan voted to abolish term limits for its current president. This referendum occurred in a climate of increased repression and weakening of democratic institutions. Azerbaijan is one of many countries in the former Soviet Union which are moving more towards illiberal presidential systems and has joined Belarus, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan in eliminating term limits as a means for leaders to hold on to power. Azerbaijan’s enormous oil reserves make it a key country for both Europe and the US.           

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