Areas of Focus
POLITICS & DECISION MAKERS
Since the passage of the FREEDOM Support Act of 1992, the United States Congress has defended policies which are unfriendly toward Azerbaijan. The symbolism of Section 907 continues to ostracize Azerbaijan, even as Azeri troops stand side-by-side with the Americans in the War on Terror. While Executive waivers have largely mitigated the material costs of the provision, the Alliance believes it is time we show the same support for Azerbaijan that they have shown us.
The Azeri diaspora has a number of allies on Capitol Hill in the Congressional Azerbaijan Caucus, whose members will play a crucial role in helping the Alliance achieve our stated goals. Congressmen Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Dan Boren (D-OK) serve as the co-Chairs of the Caucus and are exceptionally supportive of the Azerbaijani community in America.
Role of the Alliance
The Alliance will work with Congressmen Shuster and Boren to expand the Caucus’s membership and promote a greater degree of engagement from existing members. In particular, we hope to make progress towards repealing Section 907 of the FREEDOM Support Act, which serves as a constant affront to a nation which has proved itself a loyal and valuable ally of the United States in the War on Terror.