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Can an Authoritarian Regime Have a Meritocratic Public Administration? The Case of Azerbaijan

By Elchin Karimov

CAP Paper 207 (CAAF Fellows Papers), June 2018

Elchin Karimov is a researcher in the area of nationalism, ethno-political conflicts, and democracy in post-communist space. He obtained his Master’s in “International Relations: Europe from Visegrad Perspective,” a joint degree granted by four universities in Central Europe, in early 2016. He did his junior fellowship at the Caucasus Research Resource Center Azerbaijan (CRRC Azerbaijan), exploring the reactions of Azerbaijani civil society actors to the escalation of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in April 2016. In the past, Elchin was involved in civic activism and Track Two cross-border engagements between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

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