Aaron in Azerbaijan

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Lu Out, Sterling In

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Don Lu is finally out of here.  We knew he’d be leaving us soon, heading to his new post for the State Department, and that day has come.  Don Lu was the Charge d’Affaires at the Embassy here in Baku, and I’m pretty sure he was one of the nicest guys I’ve met.  And funny, too.  And he had a very firm handshake, of which I am envious.  For the past year, he’s been the acting ambassador, since we still don’t have one.  He was very welcoming to PCVs, as he, himself, was a PCV in West Africa 20-some odd years ago.  I think I first mentioned him here in this post about our Swear-In ceremony back in December.  At least from our Peace Corps perspective here, the new guy has some shoes to fill.  I was intrigued to find out that Adam Sterling speaks Azerbaijani, though:

Adam Sterling will replace Lu in this position. Sterling started work last week, the U.S. Embassy in Azerbaijan said. Prior to his appointment, Sterling worked in the U.S. Department of State, the White House and National Security Council as head of Central and Eastern Europe Department.

He also served in the U.S. embassies in Israel, Kazakhstan, Belgium and Peru. Sterling is a career American diplomat and speaks French, Spanish, Azerbaijani and Russian languages. He is married, and has two children.

People will be impressed, but the French and Spanish probably won’t get him very far here.

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Written by Aaron

July 11, 2010 at 3:28 am

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  1. […] happy to report that Matthew Bryza is finally being heard from at his Senate hearing.  Per our sterling Charge d’Affaires, the hearing is set to begin on the 22nd.  This doesn’t mean things are all rosy, though.  […]

  2. […] after more than a year and a half having no top-brass representation in the country.  Except for this guy.  He’s going to lose his cushy status as the acting […]


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