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Urban Transformation in the Post-Soviet Space: The Case of Baku

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Baku, the capital and largest city of Azerbaijan, has increased its visibility and economic
power during the last 10 years thanks to oil money and the international sporting and
cultural events it has hosted. Despite its commonalities with other cities of the post-
Communist states, Baku differs significantly from any other locality. A hybrid regime of
governance, weak civil society, a massive influx of oil money, as well as grand ambitions
have made Baku a unique case. This presentation will identify major forces driving urban
development in Baku as well as problems haunting its path to becoming major city.

Dr. Anar Valiyev (SPEA MPA ‘03) is the author of numerous publications on the public policy
of post-Soviet republics, democracy and governance, and urban development and planning.
He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in History from Baku State University, a Master’s
in Public Policy from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University,
and a PhD from the School of Urban and Public Affairs, University of Louisville. He has been
Associate Professor at ADA University, Baku since 2008, and is a 2016-2017 Fulbright scholar.

Co-Sponsored by:
Fulbright Outreach Lecture Fund
Turkish Flagship Program at Indiana University
School of Public and Environmental Affairs
Central Eurasian Studies Department
Inner Asian & Uralic National Resource Center

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Dr. Anar Valiyev
Presentation Date: 
Friday, January 20, 2017
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