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Deterring Russian Aggression in the Baltic States: What it Takes to Win

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RAND Corporation Santa Monica United States

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Put most plainly, the United States and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization NATO confront three related challenges in deterring Russian aggression in the Baltics and, more generally, wherever NATO territory may be threatened. Solving all three of these is vital to achieving core American objectives in Europe, which have been consistent and strong, through Republican administrations and Democratic, liberal and conservative, since 1945 ensure peace and stability, support democratic and market forces, and prevent the use of armed force to coerce the free people of Europe or to alter established borders. In this context, winning mean sputting in place the wherewithal to effectively deter any Russian adventurism aimed at NATO member states by being prepared to deny Moscow its objectives without escalating to the first use of nuclear weapons.

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  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Government and Political Science

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