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From Azerbaijan to the US: Wielding the pen around the globe

Geysar Gurbanov, in his contribution in“Europe’s Next Avoidable War: Nagorno-Karabakh” published by Palgrave MacMillan, has argued that the solution to the conflict lies beyond the realpolitik of the state actors.Apart from his active role in trying to bring peace to the European war-torn nations, Gurbanov, an eminent political figure, journalist, investor and peace activist born in Azerbaijan, over the years has made a tremendous impact through his columns and articles on issues of immigration, religion, and politics in journals and publications across the U.S. and Europe.

Born in Baku, Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic, Geysar spent most of his childhood and youth witnessing a country torn by political chaos, not to mention the constant threat to life and constant refugee crises. Wanting to make the world a better place to live in, Geysar, took to studying law and human rights, first at Baku State University and then in the United States, through a fellowship program of the U.S. Department of State.

Upon completion of his degree, Geysar started his work from his homeland. He took up volunteering with Rotary and subsequently took up advising the Council of European Union in matters of human rights and politics. He has also served as the Director of NATO Information Center. With a professional portfolio of work with OSCE-ODIHR, EPF-CRRC, British Council, and IREX, Geysar decided to run for elections in Azerbaijan. Due to widespread political corruption and electoral fraud, however, he was unable to win.

Summer 2009 saw Geysar Gurbanov take up a month-long mission to Poland via the European Volunteers Service. His experience while volunteering in Chechen refugee camps located in Warsaw enriched his knowledge about ethnic conflicts and refugee crisis. Inspired by his experiences, he took up the mission of peace building across his own country and neighbouring ones. Having his name published by Wikileaks among national consultants to the U.S. Embassy in Azerbaijan, Geysar had to immigrate to the U.S. where he received political asylum. Nevertheless, he didn’t give up his mission to restore peace in the world.

Geysar continues to serve his community via Rotary International and local non-profit organizations from his home in Tacoma, Washington. In his free time, the well-read and experienced Geysarpublishes articles on global and local political issues in The News Tribune, TheBellingham Herald, TheU.S. News & World Report, TheSan Antonio Express News, TheBaltimore Sun, TheNews & Observer, TheDuke Chronicle, and TheHarvard Crimson.His activism and flair of penning down issue and solutions to global crises has made him a name to reckon with.

Gurbanov currently owns an investment business and is working on his upcoming book. He is single and stays at his Tacoma, Washington residence.


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