Security Planning

Brexit and Baltic Sea Security

The result of the UK’s June 2016 referendum on continued membership of the EU was unexpected and its consequences may be wide-ranging and grave. This report considers the impact of the UK’s exit from the European Union (‘Brexit’) on the security of Estonia, the Baltic Sea region and Europe more widely. Its focus is hard security – military security and defence.

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Discussing the Regional Security After Warsaw Summit and US Elections

Research Fellow Henrik Praks spoke on November 22 in Riga at the public discussion organised by the Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA) in order to mark the publication of its book – “The Baltic Sea Region: Hard and Soft Security Reconsidered”. He contributed to a panel which focussed on the hard security aspects of the region in the wake of NATO Warsaw Summit and the following developments, including the election of Donald Trump as next US President.

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The 2016 NATO Warsaw Summit: Will It Improve NATO’s Deterrence Posture?

In 2014 President Obama told an Estonian audience: ‘Article 5 is crystal clear: An attack on one is an attack on all. So if, in such a moment, you ever ask again, “who will come to help,” you’ll know the answer — the NATO Alliance, including the Armed Forces of the United States of America…We’ll be here for Estonia. We will be here for Latvia. We will be here for Lithuania. You lost your independence once before. With NATO, you will never lose it again.’

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