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Recent U.S. and International Assessment of Baltic Security Developments
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Libraries and School of Information Studies, Purdue University, United States
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Bert Chapman   

Libraries and School of Information Studies, Purdue University, 504 West State Street, 47907-2058, West Lafayette, United States
Online publication date: 2019-09-19
Publication date: 2019-09-30
Submission date: 2019-06-21
Final revision date: 2019-09-09
Acceptance date: 2019-09-10
 
Security and Defence Quarterly 2019;26(4):3–33
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Objectives:
Examining analysis of Baltic security developments from U.S. government and military resources, scholarly journal articles, and multinational public policy research institute assessments.

Methods:
Analyzing content and rhetoric within these resources to learn how those producing these materials view Baltic security developments and their viewpoints on how the U.S. and its allies should respond to these developments focusing on increasing Russian regional assertiveness.

Results:
Provides interpretations of Baltic security developments, Russian Baltic policy, and U.S. and NATO responses ot these developments in materials produced by U.S. civilian and military policymakers and multinational scholarly analysis. Includes performance assessments of U.S. programs including the European Deterrence Initiative and potential Russian military activity in the Baltics as reflected in varying reports by the U.S. Government, military, and multinational public policy research institutions.

Conclusions:
Recommends U.S. and NATO countries recognize a new Cold War exists with a revisionist Russia. Advocates continuing NATO military exercise, upgrading civilian and military infrastructure protection, and enhancing U.S. and allied preparedness. Urges ongoing and candid dialogue between NATO and Russia to keep this situation from erupting into war. Insists the U.S. and its allies adroitly respond to Russian attempts to influence and manipulate public opinion toward Moscow. Expresses concern that U.S. partisan division over 2016 Russian interference in U.S. presidential election makes achieving greater Baltic policy cohesion difficult. Advocates warning Russia of devastating consequences of attempts to militarily invade or subvert Baltic countries.

 
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