Enhanced Forward Presence

ABCD 2018

This year’s Annual Baltic Conference on Defence (ABCD), co-organised by the ICDS and the Estonian Ministry of Defence, was held on 25-26 September.

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NATO Brussels Summit: Prospects and Opportunities

The next NATO Summit meeting will be held in Brussels on 11–12 July. The heads of state and government will be taking stock of the decisions of the Wales and Warsaw Summits and implement further the adaptation of the Alliance to respond to the wide range of 21st-century security challenges.

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A Plausible Scenario of Nuclear War in Europe, and How to Deter It

A special issue of Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists published an article co-authored by ICDS Director Jüri Luik and Head of Studies Tomas Jermalavičius on a plausible scenario of a limited nuclear war in Europe and on the need for the Alliance to further strengthen the deterrence posture in the Baltic area, placing a particular emphasis on deterrence by denial in order to avoid such a scenario.

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Boosting the Deterrent Effect of Allied Enhanced Forward Presence

At the Warsaw Summit in July 2016, NATO allies decided to establish an enhanced forward presence (eFP) on the territory of the Baltic states and Poland “to unambiguously demonstrate, as part of our overall posture, Allies’ solidarity, determination, and ability to act by triggering an immediate Allied response to any aggression”. The implementation of this historic decision has now resulted in the first-ever stationing of combat-ready troops from other Allied nations in the Baltic region.

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NATO Warsaw Summit – Implications for Estonia

Focusing on the evolution of the security landscape of the Baltic Sea Region, Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA) published a book – “The Baltic Sea Region: Hard and Soft Security Reconsidered” (Ed. By Māris Andžāns, Ilvija Bruģe). It provides a collection of opinions assessing the current situation in the region both in the military as well as non-military fields.

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