Security Planning

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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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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