Distinguishing the True from the False: Fakes & Forgeries in Russia’s Information War Against Ukraine

The intent of Russian strategic deception is to alter a target population's perception of reality in the interest of advancing some strategic objective or set of objectives. One Russian deception technique is disinformation, which includes intentionally misrepresenting events. Strategic...

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Gagauzia: A Bone in the Throat

Gagauzia, known formally as the Republic of Moldova’s Autonomous Territorial Unit of Gagauzia, is of little consequence economically or otherwise, save one thing: it sits by historical accident atop a geopolitical fracture line where Russian, Turkish and Western geopolitical...

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Baltic Echoes of the NATO Warsaw Summit

In the Baltics, the NATO Warsaw Summit is viewed as a momentous event, marking a shift to a deterrent stance ...

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Brexit and the Baltics

The Baltic reaction to the United Kingdom’s referendum on European Union membership strongly aligned with the response of other EU member states. Their opinion is best summed up by Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves’ statement: the decision to leave...

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Estonia’s Next President Must Give Top Priority To Foreign Affairs

On August 29, 2016, the Estonian parliament (Riigikogu) will vote on the country’s next president. This election comes at a ...

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The Strategic Implications for the Baltic States of the NATO Warsaw Summit

Latvia’s Debate About Russian Propaganda

Friends, But Not Allies: Finland, Sweden, and NATO in the Baltic Sea 

Could Sweden and Finland become NATO’s newest members? Russia’s aggressive behavior in the international arena and its enhanced military activity ...

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Lithuania Reinstates Conscription: Implications on Security, National Identity, and Gender Roles

In March 2015, the Lithuanian government reinstated conscription, which had previously been suspended in 2008. Each year between 3,000 and 3,500 men aged 19 to 26 years are to be enlisted in the military for nine months. Recently, the...

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Blunting Moscow’s Sword of Damocles Policy in the Baltic Region