NATO’s forward presence is meant to discourage Russia from escalating and to give Moscow reasons to seek a nonmilitary solution. Will this strategy succeed?
A selection of experts answer a new question from Judy Dempsey on the foreign and security policy challenges shaping Europe’s role in the world.
As the alliance reembraces its commitment to territorial, collective defense, there are large hurdles standing in its way, not least the lack of a strategy toward Russia.
Russia’s annexation of Crimea and its invasion of eastern Ukraine unified NATO and prompted allies to beef up defenses. But the process of strengthening the alliance’s Eastern flank is far from over.
Bashing the United States is no substitute for Europe’s strategic helplessness.
Geopolitical myopia among the elites of NATO’s new member states is helping to preserve an unstable “gray zone” in post-Soviet Europe.
France is committed to taking on more responsibility for the defense of Europe without alienating or competing with NATO.
European capitals are about to face several major foreign policy battles with Washington over the coming months, which could undermine an already fragile transatlantic relationship.
NATO must signal to Moscow that any attempt by Russia for a landgrab in the Baltics would be met with a swift and overwhelming response.
After years of incremental change, much is afoot in European defense. How can the EU best protect its population, territory, and interests during these turbulent times?