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Accession Number ADA590267
Title Challenges for the Baltic Sea Regional Stability.
Publication Date Mar 2013
Media Count 38p
Personal Author R. Vaiksnoras
Abstract U.S. military presence in Europe after World War II played a significant role in maintaining deterrence against Soviet expansion and influence in Western Europe during the Cold War. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, most European countries reduced their military capabilities and put more attention on wellness and social security issues. The Balkan conflict showed that only U.S. forces in Europe had sufficient capability to intervene and stabilize the situation. Even after fighting two wars in South East Asia, the U.S. may be the only country capable of checking Russia's rising military power and nationalism. Cyber attacks, information operations and politically motivated statements show that Russia still has ambitions to expand her influence and control over the Baltic Sea region. Reduction of U.S. military presence in Europe might put the Baltic States in particular at risk of physical threat. This Paper describes what might be strategic implications for Baltic Sea regional security after a downsized U.S. military presence in Europe. It also proposes probable actions that should be taken by the Baltic States and NATO to continue successful deterrence against Russia.
Keywords Baltic sea
Baltic states
Baltic-nordic cooperation
European union
Military capabilities
Military forces(United states)
Nato actions
Nato forces
Regional cooperation
Regional security
Russian ambitions and policy

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 92 - Behavior & Society
74 - Military Sciences
Corporate Author Army War Coll., Carlisle Barracks, PA.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Research paper.
NTIS Issue Number 1409
Contract Number N/A

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