The handbook “Modern Azerbaijan” has appeared on the table of the Armenian reader lately, the authors of which are Turkologist Varuzhan Geghamyan and political scientist Edgar Elbakyan. On February 20, they were hosted at the Public Administration Academy of the Republic of Armenia at the invitation of the Chair of Political Governance and Public Policy.
During the meeting the authors presented the history, content and purpose of the book. According to them, the format of a handbook has not yet become widespread in our country, and the authors have tried to fill that gap by trying to be helpful to those professionals who in any way deal with the topic of Azerbaijan in their work. Instead of looking for foreign sources, they can get the information they need from this handbook. It can be useful for political scientists, historians, diplomats, journalists or just a wide range of readers interested in the subject.
The book, based on years of analytical and research work, consists of 100 pages. It includes the key episodes of the history of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the main features of the current political and economic system, the armed forces, and socio-cultural life. There is even reference to holidays and remembrance days.
The authors note that while writing the book, they have used the previously published works of many of their peers, and have attempted to fill in particular those areas that had been less in the spotlight of researchers.
One of the authors, Edgar Elbakyan, visited Azerbaijan before the book was published in the framework of a journalists’ exchange program. During the meeting he shared his impressions.
“This book is an expression of our gratitude to those giving us the opportunity to write it,” said Varuzhan Geghamyan. He meant soldiers, defenders of the borders of Armenia.