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NATO’s Eastern Flank: Rebuilding Deterrence?


In the face of Russian belligerence, more sophisticated deterrence is required on NATO’s eastern flank. The UK, together with the Baltic States, should assume a greater role in providing this

Russia’s ongoing resurgence and expansionist activities in the Caucasus, Ukraine and Northeastern Europe have brought European security – and the principle of deterrence – back under the spotlight. In March, the UK Parliamentary Defence Committee published a report entitled Re-thinking Defence to Meet New Threats, which specifically identified Russia as an ‘advanced military nation’ that posed a threat to the UK. However, NATO’s European capabilities have degraded and its

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