Securing the Nordic-Baltic region

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Series Details March 2016
Publication Date March 2016
ISSN 0255-3813
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Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea in March 2014 and its military actions in Ukraine have led transatlantic policy-makers to reassess collective defence arrangements across what is frequently referred to as NATO’s 'eastern flank'.

Extending north partially beyond the 'eastern flank' is a region that comprises eight Nordic and Baltic states, which have become increasingly interdependent in security terms. The region is of rising importance in the context of Europe’s changing security order – and defence and deterrence is set to be high on the agenda at NATO’s summit meeting in Warsaw, Poland, in July 2016.

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