On May 25, 2010, President Barack Obama nominated Matthew J. Bryza to serve as U.S. ambassador to Azerbaijan. Bryza is a veteran Foreign Service officer well-versed in the politics of the Caspian region, whose previous assignment put him in charge of European and Eurasian affairs for the State Department. On the surface, his confirmation seemed be a no-brainer, but the Armenian-American community expressed several concerns about Bryza. One is a possible conflict of interest relating to Bryza’s wife, Zeyno Baran, who was the Director of the Center for Eurasian Policy at the Hudson Institute, which receives funding from oil and gas interests that have an interest in U.S. business policy towards Azerbaijan. Other objections include Byrza’s position on the ongoing dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan regarding the territory of Nagorno-Karabagh, and Bryza’s tepid response to the December 2005 destruction of a 7th Century Armenian cemetery by the Azerbaijani military.