IHU Establishes Haydar Aliyev Eurasia Studies Center


Ibn Haldun University (IHU) launched Haydar Aliyev Studies Research and Application Center on May 10, 2021, the 98th anniversary of the birth of Azerbaijani Former President and national leader Heyder Aliyev.

The Center aims at keeping the memory of Haydar Aliyev alive, as well as to deliver qualified contributions in the field of internationally rising Eurasia studies.

Supporting The Expansion of the Existing Cooperation Mechanisms in The Eurasia Region

Within the center, which will operate on Eurasian Energy and Economic Politics, International Security, Energy Geopolitics, Central Asia-Caucasus, Energy Crises, Energy and Energy Markets Law, Russia and Caucasus-Central Asian Political Economies; Scientific meetings will be held with the participation of researchers on related subjects, and research opportunities and support will be provided.

Haydar Aliyev Eurasia Studies Research and Application Center will hold researches on subjects such as Eurasian Energy and Economic Politics, International Security, Energy Geopolitics, Central Asia-Caucasus, Energy Crises, Energy and Energy Markets Law, Russia and Caucasus-Central Asian Political Economies. In addition, seminars will be held with the participation of researchers, and research opportunities and support will be provided on related subjects.

Besides the activities to be carried out by the center, it is also aimed to support Turkey in expanding the existing cooperation mechanisms in the fields of academia and energy policy / security with the states and societies of the Eurasian Region, primarily Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan.

Who Is Haydar Aliyev?

Haydar Aliyev was an Azerbaijani politician who served as the third President of Azerbaijan from October 1993 to October 2003. Aliyev was born on May 10, 1923, in the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic of Azerbaijan.

He graduated from the Nakhchivan Pedagogical Technical School in 1939, then enrolled in the Faculty of Architecture of the Azerbaijan Industrial Institute, but could not complete his education due to the outbreak of World War II.

In 1941-1944, Aliyev was the chief of the Secret Archive Department of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic Commissariat of Internal Affairs and the unit head of the Nakhchivan People’s Commissariat Council.

With his managers realizing his successful studies and analytical skills, he was hired by the SSCB State Security Committee (KGB) in 1944.

Then, he was appointed as chairman of the Azerbaijani KGB in 1967 and was given the rank of general.

He was elected as secretary general of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Azerbaijan in 1969 and ruled Azerbaijan until 1982.

He was invited to Moscow and elected to the Politburo of the Central Committee of the SSCB Communist Party in 1982.

Aliyev was among 19 people who have a voice in the management of the SSCB and was appointed the first deputy chairman of the SSCB Council of Ministers the same year.

He resigned in 1987 in protest of the policies of Mikhail Gorbachev, politburo of the Central Committee, and the secretary of the Communist Party, then returned to Azerbaijan in 1990.

During the collapse of the SSCB, Aliyev could not stand indifferent to the problems of his country, and in 1990 he was elected a lawmaker both for the Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic and the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic.

Protesting the hypocritical policy of the SSCB administration against the land claims of Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh, he resigned from the Communist Party in 1991.

Same year, he was elected president of the Nakhchivan High Council and became the deputy head of the Supreme Council of Azerbaijan.

He died on Dec. 12, 2003 in the US, where he was treated, and was buried on Dec. 15 in Fahri Khiaban in Baku.

Fields marked with an * are required