ISBN 9780798304887
Pages 144
Dimensions 244 x 170 mm
Published 2016
Publisher Africa Institute of South Africa, South Africa
Format Paperback

Azerbaijan as a Regional Economic Driver

Opportunities and Challenges

by Sehlare Makgetlaneng

The political economy of Azerbaijan has been interlinked in the internal and external relations of the country. This is exit for energy policy. It explains the qualitative socio-historical and political leap forward, referring to the efforts of President Heydar Aliyev, who signed the PSA with transnational energy corporations in 1994. According to this publication, the construction of multiple oil and gas pipelines represents the success of Azerbaijan’s independent energy policy.

Azerbaijan as a Regional Economic Driver: Opportunities and Challenges emphasises leading sectors of Azerbaijan’s economy such as transport, construction, agriculture, information and communications technology, tourism and banking. It is noteworthy that the book refers to ‘Azerbaijan 2020’ when explaining the country’s policy to transform itself from an energy-based economy to a knowledge-based one.

This publication serves to recognise Azerbaijan as a reliable partner in international relations. It also scrutinises advantages and disadvantages of trade-off between strategic choices oriented to the European Union and/or the Eurasian Union.

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About the Author

Sehlare Makgetlaneng

Dr Sehlare Makgetlaneng was a Chief Research Specialist and the Governance and Security Programme leader at the Africa Institute of South Africa (AISA) in the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) in Pretoria, South Africa. He holds a PhD in  Political Science, with African Politics, Comparative Politics, Political Economy and International Relations as sub-fields, from Atlanta University; a Master of Public Administration from Atlanta University; and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Clark College in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. He has worked for the Southern Center for International Studies as a researcher and deputy director of its research division, and for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference as a researcher on Southern Africa. Upon return to South Africa from exile, he worked for the African National Congress as the Administrative Secretary of its Office of the Treasurer-General. He has lectured Political Science at the University of Venda for Science and Technology; and International Relations at the North West University (Mafikeng campus), where he established Master of Arts, Master of Philosophy and PhD degree programmes in International Relations. He has also lectured in the South African Politics and Political Economy Masters programme, being responsible for South African Political Economy, at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

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