On April 10, 2012, Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev appointed Nasimi Aghayev as Consul General of Azerbaijan in Los Angeles. Aghayev is the senior representative of the Republic of Azerbaijan to California and other 12 Western U.S. states.
Joining Azerbaijan’s diplomatic service in 1999, the Consul General served at his country’s Embassies in Vienna (2000-03), Berlin (2005-08), Washington, D.C. (2010-12) as well as in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Baku. At Azerbaijan’s Embassy in Washington, D.C., the Consul General served as Counselor for Political and Public Affairs.
In 2009, the Consul General was a Visiting Scholar at the Canadian Munk School of Global Affairs (University of Toronto). In 2001-03, he taught the Azerbaijani language at the University of Vienna in Austria.
The Consul General holds Master of European Law (LL.M) degree from the Europa-Institute of the Saarland University, Germany, and Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in International Relations from the Baku State University, Azerbaijan. He was also trained at the Vienna Diplomatic Academy in Austria. His book “Humanitäre Intervention und Völkerrecht: der NATO-Einsatz im Kosovo” (Humanitarian Intervention and International Law: NATO operation in Kosovo) was published in German in Berlin in 2007.
Consul General Aghayev's articles on Azerbaijan, its foreign policy, traditions of tolerance and multiculturalism as well as global issues have been published by Washington Times, The Hill, Roll Call, Daily Caller, Jewish Journal, Arizona Capitol Times, Albuquerque Journal and others.
ARTICLES AND INTERVIEWS BY CONSUL GENERAL AGHAYEV:
Special interest manipulation damages American foreign policy, THE HILL, October 24, 2014
Talking about Azerbaijani “Seven Beauties” ballet performance on San Diego’s largest TV channel KUSI NEWS, October 11, 2014
Consul General Aghayev's interview on Azerbaijan's soft power with The Public Diplomat at Syracuse University, September 24, 2014
Nagorno-Karabakh: A threat to stability and US interests, THE HILL, July 2, 2014
Azerbaijan's Elections: An Opportunity for a Deeper Partnership, October 24, 2013
The Many Winners of the 'Great Pipeline Race': Azerbaijani Gas is Set to Warm European, THE WASHINGTON TIMES, July 9, 2013
U.S. and Azerbaijan: A Friend in Need is a Friend Indeed, June 27, 2013
An Unusual Partnership Between Muslims and Jews, THE WASHINGTON TIMES, Apr. 25, 2013
Azerbaijan Values Israel Ties, JEWISH NEWS OF GREATER PHOENIX (Arizona), Apr. 18, 2013
Black January: Azerbaijan's Parth to Freedom, Jan. 27, 2013
Armenia Has Lost the War, Oct. 1, 2012
Azerbaijan Consul General Tours Monterey, MONTEREY BAY NEWS & VIEWS (California), June 12, 2012
Azerbaijan Seeks Restitution, Peace, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, March 30, 2012
A Region in the Caucasus, THE NEW YORK TIMES, Dec. 16, 2011
Der Kaukasische Krisenkreis, E-POLITIK, March 6, 2009