Baltic States on the frontline of the New Cold War. Colonel Douglas Mastriano, Army War College.

Nov 11, 2017, 06:29 AM

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Baltic States on the frontline of the New Cold War. Colonel Douglas Mastriano, Army War College. PART 1 of 2.

Since its occupation of Crimea, Russia has adopted an aggressive and often belligerent approach to the nations on its borders. The on-going war against Ukraine and its occupation of large portions of Georgian territory demonstrates this increasingly hostile foreign policy. However, far more dangerous to the United States and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is the Kremlin's use of a strategy of ambiguity. In this, Moscow keeps hostilities at a low boil, leveraging a Russian diaspora, a web of complex information-campaign-trolls, to stir ethnic unrest that has the potential to destroy NATO and end the unparalleled post-World War II peace experienced in Europe. Yet, there are actions that the United States and NATO can take to prevent Russian aggression from turning into a war and Project 1721 provides the answers to this complex and dangerous security dilemma.

CONTENTS

Foreword...................................................................................................................................xi

U.S. Army War College (USAWC) Contributors and Researchers.................................xiii

Preface and Historic Context.................................................................................................xv

Putting a Price on Blood and Allies: America’s Commitment to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Alliance..................................................xix

Russia’s Sword of Damocles................................................................................................xxv

Chapter 1: Cat and Mouse: Putin’s Complex Application of Russian Strategic Landpower...............................................................................................1

Putin’s Complex Application of Russian Strategic Landpower ......................................3

Chapter 2: European Security and Russian Expansionism................................................11

European Security, Russian Expansionism, and Cyberwar ...........................................13

Chapter 3: The Crisis in Ukraine: Russian’s War to Control the Soul of Europe....................................................................................................................................17

Ukraine Crisis: Testing the Security and Stability of Europe and Beyond................................................................................................................................19

The Conflict in Ukraine: Its Implications on Armed Forces Development......................................................................................................................23

Chapter 4: Russia and the Baltic Nations.............................................................................29

Putin’s/Russia’s Objectives in the Baltics.........................................................................31

Latvia in the Crosshairs: Russian Information Warfare and Countermeasures ..............................................................................................................37

Baltic Bastion!?......................................................................................................................43

Chapter 5: The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the New Russian Strategic Environment.................................................................................49

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO): Understanding and Sustaining Its Relevance to the United States ...............................................................51

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