Who are we?
The Topchubashov Center was established in April 2018 by the team managing The Politicon, an online platform for authors writing about politics and governance in all their forms and dimensions. The Center is also affiliated with the Center for Regional Research, a Baku-based NGO.
What is our mission?
We, the Topchubashov Center team, view it first of all as a think tank, a center of research and a discussion platform dedicated to the multifarious issues related to globalization, international and domestic politics, public policies and economy. In doing this, we will follow in the footsteps of big and renowned international strongholds of political research to establish our distinct voice and shape the discussion both in Azerbaijan and internationally. Our idea was born from the desire to be a focus point for big talks, for the issues that are yet to shape the world. Recent years have shown that the speed of events is becoming really cosmic, and for a small country like Azerbaijan it is a matter of vital importance to be able to react to these changes quickly and see far ahead. It requires a new way of looking at the things to grasp the effects of artificial intelligence, cybersecurity matters or hybrid wars, and our chief ambition is to develop it. Of course, we will put a separate attention to regional problems- the unresolved post-Soviet conflicts, energy security, regional configuration of powers, but in no way limited to them.
The Topchubashov Center will undertake a multitude of work, which will be primarily focused on, but in no way limited to, analytical writing. Our team plans to expose the reader to the most daring and game-changing research undertaken by the global thought centers, create opportunities for dissemination of our expertise and passion through public discussion and step into alternative formats, including analytical and educational videos. With a target to become a regional center of excellence, we are keen to hear from everyone who has what to say and is eager to do that.
To reflect our commitment to the values of progressive thinking, democracy and peace, we’ve decided to name ourselves after the great Azerbaijani politician, diplomat and thinker Alimardan bey Topchubashov (1865-1934), who was one of the pillars of the first democratic state in the Muslim Orient, serving as the Foreign Minister of the Democratic Republic of Azerbaijan (1918-1920) and representing his country at the Paris Peace Conference. As no one else, this outstanding man embodied the vision of a young nation open to the global world and eager to learn. The peak of Mr. Topchubashov’s career happened in probably the most turbulent years of human history, when empires were falling down, global order was being reinvented and new nations made their first steps. We feel that the time we live in is in some respects no less turbulent and rough, and thus believe that it’s time for a pro-active, dynamic thinking.
Though the work of Topchubashov life was prematurely curbed by a greater and merciless force, the idea remained to flourish later as the independent Republic of Azerbaijan. We hope that our work will put a small contribution into spreading the word of the visionary man.