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Audrey L Altstadt

About Audrey L Altstadt

Audrey L. Altstadt is Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is the author of several dozen articles published in the US, Europe, Turkey, and Azerbaijan, and of three books, most recently The Politics of Culture in Soviet Azerbaijan, 1920-1940 (Routledge, 2016) and Frustrated Democracy in Post-Soviet Azerbaijan (Woodrow Wilson Centre Press and Columbia University Press, 2017.) She has been a consultant with the US Foreign Service Institute, the Department of Justice, the US Institute of Peace, Freedom House. She has been a fellow at Harvard’s Davis Russian Research Centre, the Kennan Institute, and the Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars. She was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate in 2000 by Khazar University in Baku.

Azerbaijan: The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Nothing

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Azerbaijan is a small but energy-rich country in a strategically sensitive location. Its leaders have had many choices about pathways to the future and through consistent decisions over two decades, have created a repressive oligarchic regime that is ruled by one family. How did Azerbaijan, which started on the path to political pluralism in 1992, become a corrupt state that abuses human rights and the media? Continue reading Azerbaijan: The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Nothing