NATO's Northeastern Flank -- Emerging Opportunities for Engagement
Jul 7, 2016
This report examines the impact of renewed tension between NATO and Russia on key allies and partners in central and northeastern Europe. The objective is to identify how changes in the interests, security strategies, and defense capabilities of these countries affect U.S. partnering in the region, with a focus on implications for the U.S. Air Force. Opportunities for strengthening partnerships exist in many areas.
Emerging Opportunities for Engagement
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This report examines the impact of renewed tension between NATO and Russia on a group of key allies and partners in central and northeastern Europe. It identifies how changes in the interests, security strategies, and defense capabilities of these countries may affect U.S. defense partnering in the region, with a specific focus on opportunities and implications for the U.S. Air Force. While both politics and resources will constrain partnership opportunities and the ability of these countries to contribute to U.S. regional defense objectives, opportunities for strengthening partnerships do exist in multiple areas.
The Visegrad Four
Czech Republic: In Havel's Shadow
Hungary: Balancing East and West
Poland: A Growing Regional Role
Slovakia: Moving West While Hedging East
The Baltic States
Estonia: Committed Partner with Limited Capabilities
Latvia: Acute Vulnerability and Limited Capacity
Lithuania: Closing the Gap Between Rhetoric and Capabilities
The Nordic Partners
Finland: Moving From Self-Reliance to Solidarity
Sweden: Ever Closer to NATO
Country Engagement Priorities
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