Estonia's Strategic Future
AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLL MAXWELL AFB AL
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Estonia has demonstrated a keen interest in contributing to and leading in the European Union EU, North Atlantic Treaty Organization NATO, and United Nations UN security and economic advancements since gaining membership in 2004. Given the current events unfolding in Ukraine and Crimea, as well as the continued aggression of Russia in the Baltic region Estonias security is a priority for NATO. It is without question the United States US will continue to maintain strong ties to the EU and NATO while fostering other regional, bi-lateral and global security and economic prosperity. The US relationship with the former republics on Russias periphery given the continuing unrest in Ukraine will be key to enhancing future US and European security arrangements. However, competing priorities in providing economic and military assistance are driving the need for the US to re-evaluate the need to be the worlds police. As part of re-prioritizing, Estonias strong and consistent regional influence in the Baltic States, its contributions and leadership within NATO, and its unique geographic location on the peripheries of both Eastern and Western Europe all serve as important reasons for Estonia to invest in their strategic future.
- Government and Political Science