Yashar Teymur oghlu Aliyev was Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the United States from December 8, 2006 to October 26, 2011.
Ambassador Aliyev previously served as Azerbaijan ’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations from 2002 to 2006. During this period he was chairman of the Fourth Committee of Special Political and Decolonization of the 60th U.N. General Assembly, vice president of the 59th General Assembly, vice president of the Economic and Social Council (2004-05), and vice president of the U.N. Conference on the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (2001).
Ambassador Aliyev began his diplomatic career at the United Nations in 1992, serving as political affairs counselor and chargé d’affaires of Azerbaijan ’s Permanent Mission. He was also Azerbaijan ’s delegate to the First and Fourth Committees at the forty-seventh through fifty-sixth sessions of the United Nations General Assembly. Having joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan in 1989, Ambassador Aliyev held posts as political officer, first secretary and deputy director in the Ministry’s Department of Information and Political Analysis, as well as director of the Department of International Organizations.
Ambassador Aliyev took up Oriental Studies at Azerbaijan State University in 1972, receiving the school’s highest degree in 1977. He pursued post-graduate research at the Oriental Studies Institute of Russia’s Academy of Sciences in Moscow from 1980 to 1982. In the early 1990s, he also studied for a year at the Diplomatic Academy of Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He is fluent in English, Arabic, Russian and Turkish.