RUSI NewsbriefVOLUME 27ISSUE 11members only

Assessing the Modernization of Azerbaijan’s Armed Forces and its Implications for Regional Security


Azerbaijani military modernization may have mixed effects for regional security. While vital energy infrastructure will be safer, tensions may increase with Armenia and seeking NATO membership will draw in Russian concerns.

The Republic of Azerbaijan is currently modernizing and reforming its Armed Forces. It has released a new National Security Concept (NSC), is developing a new military doctrine and is engaged in efforts to modernize and reform its military capabilities both to enhance its regional military standing and interoperability with NATO. Eventual membership of the Atlantic Alliance is seen as a potentially favourable option for Azerbaijan to pursue, and its military modernization,

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