Brenda Shaffer is an Israeli-educated professor at the Caspian Studies Program at Harvard University who stresses that the Azerbaijanis are a separate Turkic people whose nation has been split between Iran and Russia for 200 years. She maintains that there was a nation known as Azerbaijan, a kingdom, before it was forcefully taken over by Iran and Russia. She gets paid by certain initiatives and corporations to rewrite history like this and plays very well into Pan-Turk myths.
However, her book, Borders and Brethren, brings up very well researched evidence that most Azerbaijani's in the Republic of Azerbaijan dislike Iran and there is a growing sentiment in Southern Azerbaijan to separate and join their brothers in the north. She also maintains that there never was such a thing as "Iranian" national identity, and that it was molded in response to the carving up of the Ottoman empire after World War 1.
I want to hear some thoughts on this...
Dr. Kaveh Farrokh- Evan Siegel's review of Shaffer's book:
Article by Dr. Kaveh Farrokh on Pan-Turkism and "Southern Azerbaijan" with piece on Dr. Shaffer (with similarities between Yugoslavia dismemberment and planned Iran dismemberment):
Why does it seem to me that all professors nowadays have an agenda?