Jean Monnet Chair is a prestigious award and a teaching post with a specialization in European Union studies for university professors. Jean Monnet Chairs are named after Jean Monnet (1888-1979), one of the main architects of European integration. As a French politician and diplomat, he drafted the Schuman Plan (1950) that sketched a blueprint for the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC), a predecessor institution of today’s European Union. He went on to serve as the first President of the High Authority of the ECSC (1952-55), which would later become the European Commission.
In 2014, the Head of our Department Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mukhtar Hajizada was awarded the Jean Monnet Chair. The mission of the Jean Monnet Chair of our Department is to further deepen teaching in EU studies by introducing non-formal and innovative teaching techniques in the instruction. In addition to teaching, the project intends to promote research and learning on European integration and to promote discussion on contemporary European issues among students and the general public; and to facilitate the exchange of expertise among the scholars of EU studies.
We intend to foster research cooperation among the Azerbaijani scholars and postgraduate researchers by providing the services of the EU Studies Centre and by establishing a platform of researchers and scholars. The collaborative initiative within the framework of this project will culminate in an international conference, the first of its kind in Azerbaijan, to promote discussion on European integration. The conference will bring together scholars and practitioners.
We regularly host a series of events, titled European Seminars, delivered by authoritative experts, practitioners, scholars and professors in EU matters to share their expertise with the Azerbaijani audience. The series are free and open to the academic community and the public.
Learn more about Jean Monnet and the history of the European Commission here.
Jean Monnet Activities & News:
A thank you letter from the EU Delegation in Azerbaijan
5 June 2017
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mukhtar Hajizada, Jean Monnet Chair, has received a thank you letter from Ambassador Malena Mard, Head of the EU Delegation in Azerbaijan following the successful completion of the Jean Monnet project. You can access the letter here.
A letter of appreciation from the National Erasmus+ Office in Azerbaijan
1 June 2017
Dr. Hajizada received a letter of appreciation from Mr. Parviz Baghirov, Head of the National Erasmus+ Office in Azerbaijan, upon the completion of the Jean Monnet project. You can find the content of the letter here.
Jean Monnet seminar on the European and Global Relations of France
24 May 2017
The Department of Political Science and International Relations of Khazar University hosted H.E. Aurélia Bouchez, Ambassador of France to Azerbaijan, to discuss the foreign policy of France following the recent presidential elections. Ambassador Bouchez provided a general overview of the French political process, including the pre-election campaign of presidential candidates and their the foreign policy promises. Questions were asked about the European and Foreign Relations of France, the relations with the French Speaking Countries of the World and the French policy towards the peaceful resolution of the Nagorno Karabagh conflict.
Following the seminar, Amb. Aurélia Bouchez met with Professor Hamlet Isaxanli, the founder of Khazar University and Chairman of its Board of Directors and Trustees to discuss the challenges and opportunities for the interuniversity cooperation between the Azerbaijani and French institutions of higher education. For photos click here.
Media Wrote about the Jean Monnet Conference on the EU-Azerbaijan Relations
15 May 2017
As mentioned earlier, the Department of Political Science and International Relations held a conference on the EU-Azerbaijan relations. The conference was mentioned by the Azerbaijan State News Agency (AZERTAC), Azerbaijan Muallimi newspaper of the Azerbaijani Ministry of Education, Trend News Agency, Eurasia Diary, and others.
Jean Monnet Conference on the EU-Azerbaijan Relations
10 May 2017
On May 10, 2017, the Department of Political Science and International Relations held a conference on the EU-Azerbaijan relations in the framework of Europe Day celebrations in cooperation with the European Union Delegation in Azerbaijan.
Prof. Hamlet Isakhanli, the founder of Khazar University, the Chairman of its Board of Directors and Trustees, welcomed the conference participants and highlighted the international cooperation projects of the university.
Mr. Denis Daniilidis, the First Counselor of the EU Delegation to Azerbaijan, stressed the positive trend in bilateral relations between the EU and Azerbaijan boosted by the visit of President Ilham Aliyev to Brussels in February 2017 and spoke about the launch of negotiations for a New Comprehensive Agreement. He informed the audience that the first draft text of negotiations originated from the Azerbaijani government which reflects the principles of differentiation and mutual respect between both sides. Mr. Daniilidis also welcomed the resumption of the inter-parliamentary cooperation between the European Parliament and Milli Mejlis of Azerbaijan.
Mr. Orkhan Zeynalov, Head of Division for Cooperation with the EU at the Azerbaijani Ministry of Foreign Affairs, talked about the prospects of bilateral cooperation in areas such as education and science. Mr. Zeynalov also underscored the progress on the Southern Gas Corridor. In his capacity as the Key Negotiator for the part of the agreement on sectorial cooperation, Mr. Zeynalov informed that the first round of negotiation that took place in Baku in late April, 2017 was very constructive and reflected the political willingness of both sides to enhance cooperation in new areas.
Ms. Vusala Gurbanova, Senior Adviser of the Department of Science, Higher and Secondary Education at the Ministry of Education, highly appreciated the support of EU for the internationalization of the higher education in Azerbaijan. She noted that Khazar University is particularly active in international cooperation projects. Ms. Gurbanova also informed the audience about the activities carried out to improve the university study programs.
Dr. Mukhtar Hajizada, Jean Monnet Chair and the Head of the Department of Political Science and International Relations informed the participants about the EU-related courses and research at the department. He informed that the department regularly hosts a series of events, including the one titled European Seminars, delivered by authoritative experts, practitioners, scholars and professors in EU matters to share their expertise with the Azerbaijani audience. Dr. Hajizada highlighted the necessity of promoting the understanding between the communities in the EU and Azerbaijan and welcomed the activities carried out to improve the existing sufficient conditions for it. He mentioned the importance of the agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Azerbaijan on the facilitation of the issuance of visas which came into effect in 2014. He drew attention to the importance of EU`s increasing its influence and peaceful intentions in Azerbaijan. Unlike many countries in the neighborhood, there is no EU Resource and Information Centre in Azerbaijan. Therefore Dr. Hajizada mentioned the need for more quantitative interactions and more qualitative communications.
The conference followed by the Model European Union simulation on “Negotiation and Decision Making in the European Council” by the students of departments of Political Science, International Relations and European Studies on energy cooperation and TAP project.
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Dr. Hajizada Spoke at the International Conference on the Caucasus
27 April 2017
On April 27, 2017, Dr. Mukhtar Hajizada, Jean Monnet Chair and Head of the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Khazar University, participated in an international conference entitled “Challenges and Opportunities of Europeanisation in the Caucasus”. Dr. Hajizada delivered a presentation on the EU and the wider Black Sea neighborhood dealing with the security, institutionalization and the role of stakeholders. The conference took place at Yeditepe University in Istanbul, Turkey on 27-28 April, 2017.
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Jean Monnet seminar on on Globalisation and the Fight Against Human Trafficking
26 April 2017
On 26 April, 2017, Dr. Hassan Niknafs, the rector of Khazar University met with Mr. Dan Ianku, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Romania to Azerbaijan and Dr. Aurora Martin, the representative of National Agency of Romania on Equal Opportunities Between Women and Men. After the meeting, Dr. Martin gave a presentation on “Globalization and human trafficking”. The presentation was the latest event in the series of Jean Monnet European seminars held by the Department of Political Science and International Relations.
24 October 2016
We had a discussion on the U.S. Presidential Elections and Consequences
20 May 2016
Jean Monnet Seminar on Integration Processes in Southeastern Asia and Asia Pacific
On May 20, 2016, Khazar University's Department of Political Science and International Relations hosted H. E. Roslan Abdul Rahman, Ambassador of Malaysia to Azerbaijan, to discuss the integration processes in Southeastern Asia and Asia Pacific from the Malaysian perspective. He provided a detailed background on Malaysia's foreign policy in the wider neighborhood and briefed the students about the cooperation with both the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation. After the seminar, Mr. Rahman had a meeting with the President of Khazar University, Dr. Hassan Niknafs.
09 April 2016
Jean Monnet Chair Makes Appearance on Education TV
On April 9, 2016, Dr. Mukhtar Hajizada, Head of the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Khazar University, appeared as a guest on Education TV’s “Temel” (Foundation) broadcast and discussed the importance of academic integrity with Farhad Amirbeyov, Advisor to the Minister of Education. The broadcast is available for viewing at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_IPegcVNo8
01 April 2016
Jean Monnet seminar with the Norwegian Ambassador
On April 1, the Department of Political Science and International Relations hosted H. E. Bård Ivar Svendsen, Norwegian Ambassador to Azerbaijan, to discuss Norway's participation in regional integration processes. Before his lecture, he met with Professor Hamlet Isaxanli, the founder of Khazar University and Chairman of its Board of Directors and Trustees.
He started his speech by providing historical background on the factors that shaped Norway's policies in the Nordic region. He then discussed relations between Norway and the European Union, which are defined through the agreement on the European Economic Area granting Norway, which is not a member state of the EU, access to the EU internal market. He also spoke about factors that have influenced Norway's unwillingness to become part of the EU, the Nordic-Baltic cooperation, the Arctic Council, and the Barents Cooperation.
15 March 2016
Seminar on Dutch Policy on the Eastern Partnership
On March 15, 2016, the Department of Political Science and International Relations of Khazar University hosted Ambassador Dirk Jan Kop, Special Representative for Europe and Eastern Partnership at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He spoke about the cooperation between the EU and Azerbaijan in the framework of the Eastern Neighborhood Policy. He also let the audience know that the Dutch government welcomes the "new readiness" that he has observed in the country to take negotiations with the EU to a qualitatively new level. In the question and answer session, Amb. Kop answered questions concerning the Russia's stance with regards to the former Soviet republics, the promotion of the Eurasian Union, and peculiarities of EU Association Agreements with non-EU countries. During the lecture, participants also discussed cooperation between the EU and Azerbaijan in the field of agriculture as well as the state of value-based questions in post-Soviet countries.
11 March 2016
Palestinian Ambassador to Azerbaijan Speaks at the Jean Monnet seminar
On March 11, 2016, the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Khazar University hosted H. E. Nasser Abdul Kareem, the Palestinian Ambassador to Azerbaijan, for a guest lecture about Palestine--European Union relations in the context of the European Neighborhood Policy. He spoke on the EU assistance to Palestinians, underlining the fact that the EU remains the largest provider of aid to Palestine to support its internally displaced people and the state structures. Mr. Kareem mentioned the EU-administered PEGASE program, which provides financial assistance to the Palestinian Authority, and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), which provides services to Palestinians, who fled their homes following the 1948 conflict. Among other things, he informed the audience about the Interim Association Agreement on Trade and Cooperation that was signed between the EU and the Palestine Liberation Organization in 1997 with the aim of providing Palestinian industrial goods with duty-free access to the EU markets.
04 March 2016
Jean Monnet seminar with the US Ambassador on regional integration in North America
On March 4, the Department of Political Science and International Relations hosted the U.S. Ambassador to Azerbaijan, Robert Cekuta, to discuss U.S.-Azerbaijan relations in the context of international integration processes. Ambassador Cekuta presented his opinion on the most important aspects of the U.S. relationship with Azerbaijan including the security, democracy, and economy/energy fronts. He emphasized the importance of security, rule of law, and democracy for Azerbaijan’s long-term stability and prosperity. He expressed his sympathy for the 20 percent occupation of the Azerbaijani territories and conveyed his understanding of the security problems for Azerbaijan deriving from the occupation. Ambassador Cekuta also spoke about mutual interests, values, and goals in the US-Azerbaijan relations.
In the subsequent question and answer session moderated by Dr. Mukhtar Hajizada, Department Chair, questions were asked on various aspects of the US foreign policy as well as the U.S. engagement in the international integration processes and regional cooperation in North America. The reasons for the Minsk Group's ineffectiveness in resolving the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno Karabagh conflict, the role of the U.S. as a Minsk Group co-chair, U.S.-China relations, the U.S. reaction to the Russian engagement in Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova, the instability in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the U.S. reaction to the Turkish policy in the Middle East were topics of interest in the questions asked by the student body of the Department of Political Science and International Relations.
Before the event, Professor Hamlet Isaxanli, the founder of Khazar University and Chairman of its Board of Directors and Trustees, received the Ambassador Robert Cekuta as well as Public Affairs Officer Stephen Guice and Education Specialist at the Embassy Mrs. Ramina Murshudova. Professor Isaxanli informed the Ambassador about Khazar University's history of relationships with American institutions. He also presented two books to the ambassador – one discussing the establishment process of Khazar University and one on Azerbaijani language for foreigners at the beginning level.
1-2 March 2016
Comprehensive Postgraduate Research Workshop in EU studies
On March 1-2, the Department of Political Science and International Relations organized a postgraduate workshop for Master and PhD students at Khazar University. The workshop was specifically designed to help the young Azerbaijani scholars to develop their research skills in European studies and to assist them in the writing process. The event also aimed to bring together current postgraduate students both at the MA and PhD levels and to facilitate the exchange of opinions and knowledge among them. The workshop consisted of several sessions, each focusing on a particular stage of research, including research design, literature review, methods for data collection, and analysis. Particular attention was also paid to discussing major academic principles as well as academic integrity and avoiding plagiarism. During the final stage of the workshop, the students presented their research and obtained feedback pertaining to the writing-up of their master’s theses and doctoral dissertations.
11 February 2016
Media wrote about the conference on “Azerbaijan-European Union Relations: Challenges and Opportunities”
On February 11, a series of discussions on “Azerbaijan-European Union Relations: Challenges and Opportunities” were held in Brussels at European Policy Centre, a well-known European think tank. Dr. Mukhtar Hajizada, Jean Monnet Chair, made a presentation at the panel noting that Azerbaijan has become a major player in European cultural life in recent years through hosting large-scale events. Information about the event was published by AZERTAC and other media portals. Full text of the AZERTAC article is available at the following link: http://www.azerbaijan-news.az/index.php?mod=3&id=90043
8 February 2016
Jean Monnet Chair Analyzes EU-Azerbaijan relations at International Conference in Brussels
On February 8, 2016, a conference on “Azerbaijan-EU relations: Challenges and opportunities” was held at the European Policy Centre in Brussels, Belgium. The event took place ahead of the visit of Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, to Azerbaijan.
Dr. Mukhtar Hajizada, Jean Monnet Chair and the Head of Department of Political Science and International Relations at Khazar University, participated in the event. He made a presentation in which he mentioned the reasons placing Azerbaijan on the political, cultural and legal map of Europe and emphasized the role of the cultural and social activities carried by the Azerbaijani government in that regard. He highlighted the opportunities offered by the revised European Neighbourhood Policy which allows the EU and its partners to cooperate on areas of common interest –areas both sides feel comfortable dealing with, including increased cooperation in the sectors of trade, projects, economic development, and governance. Dr. Hajizada argued that the existing cooperation in the energy sector should not be taken for granted since the success of the European Union, an exemplary model of regional integration, became possible starting with cooperation in the energy sector following the end of the Second World War and the signing of peace agreements. He emphasized the necessity for the EU to step up its role in the Nagorno Karabagh peace process in trying to find a way to bring justice to the violations of international law and the grave breaches of international human rights law as a result of which hundreds of thousands of Azerbaijanis have suffered and continue suffering. Given the diverse representation of the audience, Dr. Hajizada suggested the establishment of EU Information and Resource Centers in Azerbaijan, which was welcomed by the EU and Azerbaijani officials.
The panel, moderated by Amanda Paul, analyzed Azerbaijani-EU relations and the prospects of future cooperation following the review of the European Neighbourhood Policy. Among the speakers were Dirk Schuebel, Head of the Division of Bilateral Relations with the Eastern Partnership Countries at the European External Action Service, Svante Cornell, Director of the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute and Silk Road Studies Programme at Johns Hopkins University, and Michel Ivor, Director of The Caucasus Interface.
18 February 2016
Roundtable Discussion on the Middle East
On February 18, Dr. Mukhtar Hajizada, Head of the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Khazar University, participated in a roundtable discussion dealing with questions of instability in the Middle East. The discussion was followed by a talk by Professor Elie Podeh from Hebrew University in Jerusalem who made a presentation on “Chaos and instability in the Middle East: The view from Jerusalem, Cairo, Riyadh and Washington”. Contributors to the roundtable discussion also included scholars of the Middle Eastern studies, Political Science and International Relations from Baku State University and Azerbaijan University of Languages. The event took place at the Heydar Aliyev Centre of Baku State University.
13 January 2016
Send-off Meeting for Graduate Students Going to Leiden University
On 13 January 2016, a send-off meeting with Professor Hamlet Isaxanli, the founder of Khazar University and Chairman of its Board of Directors and Trustees, was held for the graduate students of Khazar University going on an exchange program to Leiden University (Netherlands). During the meeting, Prof. Isaxanli offered his words of encouragement and highlighted the benefits of student exchange programs available to the staff and students at Khazar University. Dr. Mukhtar Hajizada, Jean Monnet Chair and Head of the Department of Political Science and International Relations, reiterated the goals of this particular exchange program for the participating students and advised the students to fully benefit from the opportunities of their stay at their host university. PhD students Anar Rahimov and Azad Garibov, as well as master student Ramal Quluzade, spoke about their academic and personal goals in taking part in the exchange.
01 December 2015
Jean Monnet seminar on Turkey and the two dimensions of the European Neighbourhood Policy
On December 1, 2015, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Burcu Gültekin Punsmann, a Senior Researcher at the Ankara Policy Center, was hosted within the Jean Monnet European seminar series of the Department of Political Science and International Relations. During her presentation, she focused on Turkey's role in the Mediterranean cooperation and, particularly, on how Turkey's EU candidacy affected the role of this country in the Euro-Mediterranean cooperation. She also discussed the impact of the slowdown of Turkey's accession process to the EU on democratization and talked about the problems for the regionalization in the wider Black Sea area. Among the issues she touched upon during her lecture was also the Turkish-Armenian problems, and the impact of the EU's role in the wider region, the popularity of Erdogan and this factor's influence on Turkish relations with Maghreb countries and the Middle East. Dr. Gültekin Punsmann also briefly reflected on the different approaches demonstrated by some of the European countries and Turkey to the current refugee crisis. After offering her insights on the perspectives for the Black Sea Synergy and the BSEC, the students and the participants including Dr. Farda Asadov, Director of the Center for Eurasian and Middle Eastern Studies, and Dr. Mukhtar Hajizada, Head of the Department, proceeded to discuss in details the related topics.
08 June 2015
Jean Monnet seminar on Regional Security Challenges in the Eastern European Neighbourhood
On 8 June 2015, the Department of Political Science and International Relations hosted Dr. Carol Weaver, a lecturer in international relations and regional security at De Montfort University in the United Kingdom. Dr. Weaver delivered a presentation on Regional Security Challenges in the Eastern European Neighbourhood. She also discussed her research on the Black Sea region, arguing that the current events there demonstrate balanced multipolarity in action. Dr. Weaver reflected upon the fourth Eastern Partnership summit in Riga which took place on 21-22 May 2015. The outcomes of the summit were that no partner was given a membership perspective; that differentiation would apply to the various partners so that each country can decide on how they want to proceed in their relations with the European Union; and how the countries that do not want Association Agreements can cooperate bilaterally in all areas of mutual interest. Dr. Weaver talked about how Azerbaijan is a strategically important partner to the European Union in the region.
The presentation was followed by a lively discussion with contributions being made by the participants including the university leadership, senior academics, and students as well as exchange students. Topics ranged from newer types of cross-border security challenges such as ecological problems, cyber threats, energy security and climate change, to the upcoming referendum on the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union, recently announced after the conservative party won the general election.
30 April 2015
Jean Monnet seminar with the Ambassador of France
On April 30, 2015, the Department of Political Science and International Relations hosted H.E. Pascal Meunier, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of France in Baku within the Jean Monnet European Seminar Series. The event was dedicated to Jean Monnet, who is widely called “The Father of Europe” by those who see him as the architect of the European Union.
Ambassador Meunier mentioned that Jean Monnet’s ideas and actions carry great clout not only in France, where he was an actor in economic life but also far beyond French borders.
Following the presentation, Dr. Mukhtar Hajizada, Jean Monnet Chair at Khazar University, conducted a discussion on Jean Monnet’s role in national economic planning in France, as an outstanding leader in the postwar movement in Europe and as a craftsman of peace and economic prosperity on the old continent.
After the meeting, Ambassador Meunier met with Professor Hamlet Isaxanli, the founder of Khazar University and Chairman of its Board of Directors and Trustees, and talked about opportunities for future cooperation between the Embassy and University.
05 February 2015
Jean Monnet Lecture on the External Relations of the European Union
Dr. Mukhtar Hajizada, Jean Monnet Chair of European Integration and Head of the Department of Political Science and International Relations, gave a lecture on the External Relations of the European Union (EU). This lecture was the first installment of the “The EU as a Global Player” – a module taught with the support of the Erasmus+ program of the EU with an aim to deepen teaching and research in European studies.
26 November 2014
Jean Monnet Seminar on EU's Energy Security Strategy
The Department of Political Science and International Relations at Khazar University hosted a seminar on the EU's Energy Security Strategy after the Ukrainian Crisis. The talk was delivered by Prof. Nurşin Ateşoğlu Güney, Head of the Political Science and International Relations Department at Yildiz Technical University. Prof. Güney talked about the future of the energy roadmap in the aftermath of the Ukrainian crisis. She focused on the possibility of alternative means of acquiring energy supplies to meet the energy demand of the Union. She argued that additional gas supplies to the EU will not be attainable before 2020. Therefore, she maintained that the Union should focus on reducing the demand side of the European energy equation.
19 November 2014
Jean Monnet Seminar on Policy Implementation in the EU
On November 19, the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Khazar University hosted Prof. Bernard Steunenberg, who is the Jean Monnet Ad Personam Chair in European Politics and Professor in Public Administration at Leiden University. He delivered a guest lecture in which he talked about the implementation of EU policy and applied it to the case of cultural heritage policy. He shared his insights on the different ways in which policy implementing agencies interact with national politics and the European Commission oversight, suggesting that different national implementing practices may exist. In addition, he pointed out the importance of establishing an “implementation acquis” among implementing agencies, which may help the EU to better formulate policies in the future.
17 September 2014
First Jean Monnet Chair in Azerbaijan Awarded to Dr. Mukhtar Hajizada
Dr. Mukhtar Hajizada, Head of the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Khazar University, was awarded the globally recognized and prestigious Jean Monnet Chair for his academic and pedagogical activities and his professional level in the field of European integration.
The Jean Monnet Chair is a teaching title recognizing the quality of teaching and innovation specializing in European studies. The Jean Monnet Chair Award is given by the European Commission based on a global-scale international competition for a term of 3 years to support teaching and research on European integration. It should be noted that Dr. Hajizada is the first Jean Monnet Chair ever to win this award in Azerbaijan and only person in the South Caucasus in 2014.
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