U.S. Policy and Azerbaijan - Engagement, not Isolation
"U.S. policy against Azerbaijan [Section 907 of the Freedom Support Act] impedes our ability to help advance U.S. national interests. The intersection of commercial and political interests makes it necessary for business executives to be aware of the implications of U.S. government policies, while communicating with foreign governments in order to support our corporate objectives. There is much at stake in the Caspian region for our national and energy interests. It's time for the United States to lead, not react. Leadership demands engagement, not isolation."
J. Michael Stinson, Conoco's Senior VP for Government Affairs, testifying before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on International Economic Policy in Washington, D.C., on March 3, 1999.
From Azerbaijan International (7.1) Spring 1999
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