“Azerbaijan, even with its focus on improving its military capability, is unlikely anytime soon to structure a force large or well-equipped enough to overcome the terrain advantages enjoyed by the NK Self-Defense Force and the Armenian army,” former U.S. Ambassador to Azerbaijan Anne Derse argued at the end of her tenure in Baku.
According to the July 2, 2009 cable that is part of Wikileaks cache and was first published by Russkiy Reporter on February 22, Derse believed that Azerbaijan assumed “a much rosier scenario for NK than it has any plausible reason to expect.”
Derse served as U.S. ambassador to Azerbaijan from 2006 to 2009 and is currently the ambassador to Lithuania.
In a January 2009 cable, also published by Russkiy Reporter today, Derse notes that Azerbaijani “President’s rhetoric has vastly outpaced the results” of Azerbaijan’s military build-up.
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