U.S. Foreign Policy

Blood and Soil in the Balkans: Nationalist Narratives Ascendant?

Western Balkans countries’ hopeful integration into European institutions and the greater transatlantic community is reaching a pivotal juncture. The comparative neglect Washington, London, and Brussels has displayed over the past several years has left the region’s gradual transition in...

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Withdrawing from the INF Treaty is a Mistake

President Donald Trump has announced that his administration plans to withdraw the United States from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with Russia, which prohibits Washington and Moscow from testing and deploying all ground-based cruise and ballistic missiles...

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Discussing NATO’s 70th Anniversary in Tallinn and its Future in Riga

Every autumn, the Baltics host two significant conferences on defense and security: the Annual Baltic Conference on Defence (ABCD) held in Tallinn and the Riga Conference held in Riga. Of the two, ABCD is more narrowly focused on defense,...

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Standing Up to Russia’s Sharp Power

Step-by-step and bit-by-bit, Vladimir Putin’s Russia is chipping away at the West’s core while restoring its influence in the post-Soviet space and reinforcing the image of Russia as a global power on par with the United States. Many in...

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John McCain: A Stalwart Friend of the Baltics

When I was preparing to moderate a discussion with Senator John McCain, his staff members were firm. “Senator is going to be tired after a long trip and a dozen of meetings; you should end in 45 minutes.” I...

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The Ukrainian Military: From Degradation to Renewal

In August 2015, the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense officially launched a comprehensive effort to overhaul the country’s armed forces as conflict razed through the country’s Donbas region. Three years later, fighting capabilities have reached their highest levels since independence...

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Three Percent, Two or Four Percent, It Doesn’t Matter Anymore

President Donald Trump’s recent journey to a NATO summit in Brussels and to a summit with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki turns the page on an epoch of American foreign policy that traces back to Harry Truman, George Marshall, Dean...

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NATO in the Baltics: Deterring Phantom Threats?

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is right to focus on the security of the Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia, its most exposed members. However, the idea that deterring Russia in the Baltics requires the deployment of...

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NATO—Who’s In, Who’s Out, Who’s Down?

Last week’s summit of NATO leaders has already inspired a great deal of serious analysis and criticism, and has provided an important opportunity to think about the Alliance’s history and purpose. ...

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Multi-National Division North, What Does It Mean?

The NATO summit of July 11-12, 2018 in Brussels has been causing waves, many of them unsurprisingly emanating outward from U.S. President Donald Trump. Yet, the summit resulted in meaningful steps to bolster Baltic defense. The most notable product...

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