On December 15th, the ELN, in cooperation with the Polish Institute for International Affairs (PISM), will host a high level symposium in Warsaw examining attitudes in European NATO countries to the NATO Deterrence and Defence Posture Review (DDPR). Topics for discussion will include approaches to re-invigorating the NATO-Russia conversation, Ballistic Missile Defence, and policy options for reducing the number and role of non-strategic nuclear weapons stationed in Europe including in Russia. With ELN members Jan Kavan (former Deputy Prime Minister, Czech Republic) and Lord Browne of Ladyton (former UK Defence Secretary) hosting the event with Marcin Zaborowski (Director of PISM), the symposium will provide an opportunity for both political leaders and analysts to engage with these issues and develop possible solutions to address the more difficult areas within NATO-Russia relationship. The symposium will be preceded the evening before by a private dinner of senior east and central European political leaders who will come together to discuss similar issues and the role of the ELN in addressing them.
After Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, governments in the former Soviet Union were immediately forced to deal with difficult geopolitical realities. In this report for the ELN, YGLN member Daniel Shapiro uses quantitative and qualitative analysis to show there is increased heterogeneity in geopolitical positioning among post-Soviet states and offers key lessons from this for Western policymakers.
Ambassador Giancarlo Aragona, former Secretary General of the OSCE and ELN member, argues that the latest meeting of NATO leaders was anything but a defining moment for the Alliance and urges Europeans to react to President Trump with strategic patience.
Sir Malcolm Rifkind MP argues that Russia’s actions in Ukraine will have had serious implications for Ukraine, Europe and potentially global stability and the only way to stand up to Putin is through robust and targeted economic sanctions.