As Belarus heads into its most turbulent elections in decades on 9th August, Ben Challis warns that there is an urgent need to avoid a dangerous competition for influence there between Russia and the West.
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Deteriorating relations between Russia and NATO and the increasing capacity for rapid deployment and concentration of forces increases instability and the risk of military escalation, namely in the Baltic region. Against this background, the countries concerned could be interested in a conventional arms control regime that helps to prevent destabilising build-ups of forces and to enhance maritime security.
Lukasz Kulesa examines the challenges faced in security environment of the Baltic Sea region and presents the opportunities for effective arms control.
Senior Associate Fellow, Elisabeth Braw, argues that deepening regional cohesion in the Baltics will assist in the strengthening of military deterrence.
To coincide with the Baltic centenary, former Latvian defence minister and ELN member Imants Liegis provides his assessment of the state of Baltic security and its role in wider Euro-Atlantic security.
In the context of the Baltic centenary, the ELN and the three Baltic Embassies in London are organising a discussion on “The Next 100 Years: UK-Baltic Cooperation in Euro-Atlantic Security.”