June 9, 2010

Public Attitudes towards Changes in the Armed Forces of Lithuania

The gradual reduction of the mass army and the need to change to a professional army, encouraged by radical changes in the international security environment and Lithuania’s membership of NATO, have become a considerable challenge to the national defence authorities. The structural shift in international relations around the world implied that, all of a sudden, the enemy was gone, leading to expectations concerning a new peaceful world order. But not in the Lithuanian case.

The gradual reduction of the mass army and the need to change to a professional army, encouraged by radical changes in the international security environment and Lithuania’s membership of NATO, have become a considerable challenge to the national defence authorities. The structural shift in international relations around the world implied that, all of a sudden, the enemy was gone, leading to expectations concerning a new peaceful world order. But not in the Lithuanian case.


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