Baltics

  • Mattis Trip to Europe Should Lead to Larger US Role in the Baltic Sea Region

    This week Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis is in Europe to discuss the counter-ISIS campaign with European friends and allies.
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  • A Decade After "Web War 1," Former Estonian President Blasts EU Cyber Inertia

    Even as the pervasive and destructive capacity of cyberattacks becomes ever more evident with the alleged Russian meddling in European and American politics, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, a former president of Estonia, marvels at the European Union’s under-performance in dealing with the threat—and he’s pointed in his criticism. 

    “I think the [European] Commission, in particular the high representative [Vice President Federica Mogherini] and the agency that she leads [European External Action Service], is being particularly remiss in addressing fundamental threats,” Ilves said. 

    “The external affairs people, they’re dealing with issues that, of course, are important but not of life and death importance to the European Union... we do not see attention paid to the fundamental threats to democracy within the members of the European Union,” he added.

    This week marks the tenth anniversary of the first real act of cyber war—colloquially referred to as “Web War 1”—on Estonia. Ilves was president at the time.

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  • More Solidarity with Ukraine Needed, Say Speakers at the Kyiv Security Forum

    The Tenth Kyiv Security Forum—an important foreign affairs conference conducted annually by the Open Ukraine Foundation—occurred on April 6-7. Headed by Ukraine’s former Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and his wife Terezia, the conference underscored an important message: the need for the West to stay engaged and maintain security in the borderlands between Russia and Central Europe, particularly in Ukraine, the most important country in Eastern Europe between the Baltic and Black seas.

    This year, the tenth anniversary event was titled "Old Conflicts and New Trends: Strategies for a Changing World.” For Ukraine today, security challenges are defined by the continuing war in the east, the occupation of Crimea, the new US administration’s efforts to find its own voice, and Europe’s ongoing crises and weaknesses.

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  • Nordenman in Defense One: In Lithuania, NATO Troops Set Up Near a Potentially Hostile Border


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  • Wieslander Joins BBC World Service to Discuss How US-Russia Relations Will Affect the Baltic States


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  • Lithuania Says Russia has Ability to Launch Baltic Attack in 24 Hours

    Russia has developed the capability to launch an attack on the Baltic states with as little as 24 hours' notice
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  • Russia’s Information Warfare Targets German Soldiers in Lithuania

    Earlier this month, outside influences, again widely believed to be Russian, tried to replicate the success of the "Lisa" faux-scandal in Lithuania.
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  • Grigas in Al Jazeera: The Baltic States: No Easy Target


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  • Private Dinner with Latvian Ambassador Andris Teikmanis

    On February 15, 2017, the Atlantic Council’s Future Europe Initiative hosted a private dinner with H.E. Andris Teikmanis, ambassador of Latvia to the United States, for an invitation-only discussion that was attended by transatlantic leaders from both the public and private sector.

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  • Six Outrageous Lies Russian Disinformation Peddled about Europe in 2016

    Russian disinformation is working overtime to undermine European democracies. Much of the disinformation in 2016 came from original Russian sources that presented poorly digested information designed to provoke and to push an agenda that the Kremlin finds favorable. It aims to disconnect ordinary European citizens from supranational EU institutions and national politicians.

    With key elections in the Netherlands, Germany, and France this year, it is clear that Russia will try to use the refugee and migrant crisis that has battered Europe for its own foreign policy goals. By promoting the idea that the EU and local politicians no longer listen to ordinary people, encouraging inter-state disagreements among EU member-states, and implying that Europeans cannot help Ukraine, the Kremlin aims to weaken the EU’s internal cohesion, force it to drop sanctions, and accept Russia’s hegemony over its former republics in Eastern Europe.

    This assault can have serious long-term consequences for Europe, which may soon have hardline anti-EU parties and politicians in power. Thus, identifying major narratives in Moscow’s disinformation campaign and debunking fake news and sensationalist false stories is crucial in the battle to combat foreign propaganda and disinformation.

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