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Peter Tase: Russia-NATO meeting in Baku is a testimony to Azerbaijan’s tangible contributions to world peace

 

Peter Tase: Russia-NATO meeting in Baku is a testimony to Azerbaijan’s tangible contributions to world peace

The September 7th meeting between between General Valery Gerasimov (first deputy minister of defense) with General Petr Pavel (chairman of the NATO Military Committee) is a testimony to Azerbaijan’s tangible contributions to world peace, prosperity and promotion of dialogue among cultures and nations, American expert on international relations Peter Tase said in an interview with Vestnik Kavkaza.

“Baku has earned equal importance as any other European city where major multilateral agreements have taken shape over the last decade,” he stressed.

American expert recalled that on February 16th, 2017, Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Valery Gerasimov met face to face for the first time since 2014 in Baku, Azerbaijan.  The September 7th meeting between Gerasimov with Petr Pavel was the second major meeting that has placed Baku at the center stage of International politics and has emerged as a balanced city where a series of crucial negotiations and effective dialogue has taken place among the military leadership of Russian Federation (the world’s largest country) and NATO Leadership (the world’s strongest and oldest defense alliance).

 

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Tase:”The example of Azerbaijani multicultural tradition is the only way that ensures peace in the world”

The example of Azerbaijan and its multicultural tradition and heritage is the only way that ensures economic growth, religious coexistence, peace and stability over the world-US expert

The reporter of Eurasia Diary interviewed Peter Tase, political analyst and expert on international relations at Marquette University.

Eurasia Diary: What is your opinion regarding multiculturalism and religious tolerance in Azerbaijan?

Peter Tase: While visiting the region of Oghuz, region of Ismailli and the Autonomous Republic of Nakhchivan, it is evident that the Republic of Azerbaijan is a unique country where multiculturalism, interreligious dialogue, multifaceted tolerance, peaceful coexistence among religions and very effective government administration are the principal elements of the social fabric in this nation.  On May 9-12, 2017, under the leadership of Academician Prof. Dr. Kamal Abdullayev (Chairman of the Board of Baku International Multiculturalism Centre), the most important writer and philologist in contemporary Azerbaijan and professor Klaus Wolf from Augsburg University in Germany organized an international conference dedicated to Azerbaijani multiculturalism in Augsburg University, Germany. On this occasion, I was honored to join a group of international friends of Azerbaijan and distinguished scholars to commemorate the birthday anniversary of Azerbaijan’s National Leader, Heydar Aliyev; and to discuss the admirable values of multiculturalism among the people of Azerbaijan.

This conference was made possible thanks to the leadership and support of the President of Azerbaijan, H. E. Mr. Ilham Aliyev. Moreover, we had the opportunity to visit one of the largest synagogues in Germany and in Europe, that was built in 1914-1917, a magnificent religious monument that had survived World War II and was not destroyed by the Government of Adolf Hitler.  The treasures of multiculturalism in Azerbaijan are an example that should be followed by other nations of the world. We are conscious that building artificial walls, setting up barriers to the free flow of goods and human capital; mishandling of more than two million migrants and refugees that have crossed into Europe during the last two years will further escalate the division of visions, ideas and policies that are currently taking place in the European Union over the administration and the implementation of migration, asylum procedure and in the strategy of border security. The example of Azerbaijan and its multicultural tradition and heritage is the only way that ensures economic growth, religious coexistence and peace and stability over the world.

Eurasia Diary: How can you estimate the role of the Republic of Azerbaijan in the intercultural and inter-religious dialogue?

Peter Tase: The Republic of Azerbaijan has advocated for a more effective dialogue among religions and ethnic groups at the global stage including its effective participation and vital support to many forums, international organizations and multilateral discussions.  The restoration of cultural monuments such as the Gülüstan Monument in Julfa Region of Nakhchivan, the maintenance project of the Momine Khatun Mausoleum and of Noah’s mausoleum, are remarkable accomplishments of the government of Azerbaijan and of the government of Autonomous Republic of Nakhchivan. Moreover, the restoration initiatives that are taking place in the villages of Lahij located in the region of Ismailli and Nij, a town located about forty kilometers to the south-west of Qabala. Regions are a true testimony of the impressive priority that the government of Azerbaijan has allocated towards the preservation of multicultural values, treasures and monuments that are inherited, for many centuries, in the sovereign territory of Azerbaijan.

Eurasia Diary: How can you assess relations between the Republic of Azerbaijan and UNESCO in cultural, educational and scientific fields?

Peter Tase: UNESCO will have a new Director General by the end of November 2017. Currently there are nine candidates from different countries that aspire to lead UNESCO during the next four years. Among them is the official candidate, nominated by the Republic of Azerbaijan, Ambassador Polad Bülbüloglu. As the next Director General of UNESCO, I strongly believe that Ambassador Bülbüloglu will further work to stop violent extremism, promote interfaith dialogue and mutual understanding.  Above all, Ambassador Bülbüloglu will be an instrumental force towards the protection of cultural heritage and strengthen education policies in the Landlocked Developing Countries. These areas are key factors towards the implementation of sustainable development goals.

Moreover, UNESCO’s incumbent leadership must undertake a visit to the Autonomous Republic of Nakhchivan, to visit over a dozen historical sites that deserve to be included in the World Heritage List.  I am confident that Ambassador Bülbüloglu will have a genuine propensity towards the preservation of multiculturalism across many nations and will strive to preserve peace, increase the levels of education and literacy.

Eurasia Diary: How do you think, is secularism in Azerbaijan a suitable model to some Muslim countries?

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Tase : Mass murders committed by ISIS are being emulated by the ruthless leadership of Yerevan

July 4th, is perhaps one of the saddest days in the modern history of Azerbaijan, Peter Tase, a political analyst and international relations expert with the Milwaukee-based Marquette University, told Azadinform.

 

“I am appalled that the International Community has not come out publicly with a united voice, in order to denounce the horrific crime against humanity that was committed only hours ago from the Armenian Armed Forces”, he said.

 

According  to him, it is certain that an overwhelming healthy consciousness of Western Democracies has been infected by a terrible virus that is called “Double Standards.”

 

I was expecting European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, to come out in public this morning and publicly condemn the atrocities committed by the Armenian Armed Forces in the Sovereign Territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan”,   said the  expert.

 

We are living in a world that is becoming ever more dangerous, it seems that mass murders committed by Islamic State in Syria and Iraq are being emulated by the ruthless leadership of Yerevan. As Robert K. Merton would say: the Islamic State is becoming a role model to Armenian Armed Forces.  To conclude, Armenian Armed Forces must withdraw its troops from every inch of the occupied sovereign territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan.  Azerbaijan deserves to live in peace and stability, the Autonomous Republic of Nakhchivan (Azerbaijan) deserves to live in peace and harmony, noted Tase.

7.07.2017 11:35

 

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Islamic Solidarity Games foster an intercultural dialogue

The Baku 2017 Islamic Solidarity Games is an example that brings closer nations and cultures, it is an effective and fair sports competition, which fosters an intercultural dialogue, Peter Tase, a political analyst and international relations expert with the Milwaukee-based Marquette University.

The Games, which involve Indonesian, Turkish, Jordanian, Uzbek athletes, as well as those from many other countries, is a genuine competition taking place in the heart of Eurasian landmass, he said.

 

The Baku 2017 Islamic Solidarity Games has become a unique example to follow and a valuable practice that ought to be applied, especially its effective organizational model, in other parts of the world, he added.

 

The Baku 2017 Islamic Solidarity Games started May 8 and will last until May 22 in Azerbaijan’s capital on 16 sports grounds in 21 kinds of sports – 17 Olympic ones and three non-Olympic ones.

15.05.2017 15:09 /

 

http://www.en.azadinform.az/news/a-109214.html

72ND UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO KICK OFF IN NEW YORK

The 72nd session of the UN General Assembly will kick off today iN

New York. Draft resolutions titled “The situation in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan” and “Protracted conflicts in the GUAM area and their implications for international peace, security and development” are included in the provisional agenda of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly. Seemingly, this year as in the previous UN General Assembly sessions, abovementioned draft resolutions may not be submitted for discussion. It is well-known fact that issues of global and regional importance, threatening peace and integrity are the main topics for discussions in the annual General Assembly sessions. Despite the fact that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is the major menace to the regional security and above all, a major impediment in implementing the UN sustainable development goals (SDG), for many years United Nations limit themselves with certain statements noting that this issue is within the competence of the OSCE Minsk Group. Theoretically, it can be a substantiated argument, but given the fact that any issues of regional and global concern should be at the heart of an international organization, it provokes important questions. So, why the draft resolutions on the Nagorno-Karabakh problem remained unaddressed in previous UN GA sessions? And, is it expected to be so this year as well?

Peter Tase, a journalist and International Senior Adviser to the Chicago-Kent College of Law considers that it largely depends on the outcome of planned meetings between Armenian and Azerbaijani foreign ministers and possibly presidents on the sidelines of UN GA this year.

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ILLEGAL VISITS TO OCCUPIED AZERBAIJANI LANDS

Although the Azerbaijani Ministry of Foreign Affairs has regularly warned all the foreign nationals to refrain themselves from travelling to the occupied territories in and around the Nagorno-Karabakh region of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the number of foreign officials, journalists, and musicians paying illegal visits to the occupied Azerbaijani lands show no signs of abating. Even the figures representing the legislative branches of certain states do not refrain from visiting the occupied territories. Recently the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry has summoned Portugal’s Charge d’ Affaires over the illegal visit of Portuguese parliamentarian Rubina Berardo to the Azerbaijani territories occupied by Armenia. In addition, a few days later, Canadian parliamentarian Tony Clement paid an illegal visit to Nagorno-Karabakh with the direct assistance of the Canadian bureau of the Armenian National Committee and the Armenian lobby. Azerbaijani MFA has denounced this visit either and characterized this act as another Armenian provocation. This list can further be expanded. Almost in every cases, the Azerbaijani side faces with the same reply: visits to Nagorno-Karabakh …..
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05 May, 2016  15:39

Baku. 5 May. REPORT.AZ/ Armenia has violated the ceasefire on innumerable occasions since 1994 and the escalations of violence in April 2016, by the Armed Forces of Armenia against the innocent civilians of Azerbaijan are not a surprise.

Report informs, US political analyst Peter Tase said that.

“It is a fact that Armenia is ruled by a puppet government that does not have a foreign policy, solid public institutions while it is engulfed by corruption, unemployment and nepotism scandals that are on the rise. The government of Serzh Sargsyan is totally ruined by corruption, a high level of unpopularity and the Armenian people are struggling every day with: unemployment, poverty and lack of democratic institutions; as a consequence Armenia is becoming a failed state. Every time that the Armenian Government faces a great level of unpopularity within its own constituents, Yerevan attempts to divert the attention of domestic public by further violating International Laws, constantly ignoring the Four UN Security Council Resolutions, and continue with its attacks with heavy weapons and ammunitions in the sovereign territories of Azerbaijan, and as a consequence killing innocent civilians, destroy cultural and archeological sites; while massacring historical treasures on the Azerbaijani land.” – P. Tase added.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Peter Tase
Peter Tase
Peter Tase is a contributor, freelance journalist and a research scholar of Paraguayan Studies and Latin American Affairs in the United States; he is the founder of Paraguay Economic Forum in Milwaukee, United States. Educated at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and Marquette University, Tase is the author of “Simultaneous Dictionary in Five Languages: Guarani, English, Italian, Albanian and Spanish” and “El Dr. FEDERICO FRANCO y Su Mandato Presidencial en la Historia del Paraguay.” Tase has written many articles on Paraguay’s current Foreign Policy, Latin American Affairs and MERCOSUR regional trade issues for Eurasia Review and the Council on Hemispheric Affairs in Washington, D.C.. Peter has appeared on SNT Cerro Cora, Asuncion and appeared in “Tribuna Pública” in TV Publica Paraguay, as well as given interviews for Diario 5 Dias in Paraguay, ABC Color, Ultima Hora, IP Paraguay, Revista PLUS+, Radio Ñandutí, Radio Nacional del Paraguay, http://www.datamyne.com and Spero News. Tase completed a Congressional Internship in the Office of Congressman Richard Pombo (CA-11), U.S. House of Representatives, and studied U.S. Government and International Affairs at the Les Aspin Center for Government in Washington, D.C.. In 2012 he was an adviser of Foreign Affairs and International trade Issues to the Chairman of the Committee on Trade, Tourism and Industry in the National Congress of Paraguay. Peter Tase is fluent in Guarani, Italian, Spanish, Albanian and mainly writes in English and Spanish.
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Scoff No More at Paraguay

By: Peter Tase, Guest Scholar at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs            

Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes has prioritized efforts to link Paraguay closer to the Asia-Pacific countries as a major component of his overall strategic objective. Despite this prioritization, the country’s foreign ministry has made few concrete steps towards reaching out to grasp President Cartes’ aspiration. Asunción’s meager assets certainly make the goal challenging, but the country’s Foreign Ministry has failed to explore several options, particularly improved bilateral relations with Bolivia.

Paraguay faces the fundamental challenge of an unfavorable geographic position. Along with Bolivia, it is one of the two landlocked countries of South America. This geographic limitation has forced Asunción to resort to political pressure and regional foreign policy management to build global economic connections. The Bolivian border holds unexplored potential for Paraguayan exports and economic growth. La Paz could provide a pathway for Paraguay’s agricultural products to gain access to all of the markets in the Andean region, as well as the ten member countries of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), where Paraguayan products are in high demand. Establishing closer ties with Bolivia would help Paraguay avoid its normally troubled trade routes through Argentina, which often have proved to be problematic and have caused a great deal of frustration of Paraguayan trade ambitions. Paraguayan export-import companies whose shipments pass through Argentinean territory are subject to extensive searches by border patrol and are often delayed by port authorities in Buenos Aires. [1] Despite the improvements in trade, poverty levels, and economic integration that a shift toward Bolivia would bring, some critics maintain that the Paraguayan Foreign Ministry has done little to increase trade relations with La Paz. [2]

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Expert: Azerbaijan to show democratic values to the world

 

 

Baku, Azerbaijan, April 21

By Anakhanum Khidayatova – Trend:

The upcoming 7th Global Forum of the UN Alliance of Civilizations, to be held in Baku April 25-27, 2016, will bring together over 2,500 public policy leaders, diplomats, representatives of international governments and scholars from over 140 countries, Peter Tase, political analyst, told Trend via e-mail Apr. 21.

Tase, who is also an expert on international relations at the Marquette University, wrote that during the next week Azerbaijan will show once again to the world the growth and dynamic processes of democratic values in government and civil society.

“Azerbaijan will also show sustainable development accomplishments and its multifaceted cultural and centuries old traditions that are admired by many nations of the world,” Tase wrote.

 

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