Security of the Broader Baltic Sea Region


Riga, Latvia - In a new publication, the Latvian Institute of International Affairs (LIIA) offers a summary of the articles written and views expressed by participants at the "Riga Seminar: Security of the Broader Baltic Sea Region" in April 2014. It also includes afterthoughts, such as a detailed evaluation of security problems in Europe and the Baltic states and concrete ideas on developing the security relationship between Western countries and Russia given the situation in Ukraine. (August 2014)

Crisis Management in Europe in the Context of Events in Ukraine


London, England - In a new paper released by the Task Force on Cooperation in Greater Europe, a dozen former high-level leaders call on nuclear-armed adversaries pitted against each other by the Ukraine crisis to exercise full military and political restraint, embrace increased military-to-military communication and transparency,  and engage in direct dialogue on issues of concern in the NATO-Russia  relationship. (July 31, 2014)

Deterring Russia After Ukraine: CEE Divided


Warsaw, Poland - In a new Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM) policy paper, Artur Kacprzyk highlights a "profound divide" between Central and Eastern European NATO members over how to respond to Russian aggressional in Ukraine. The paper notes that Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Romania have called for strengthening NATO's deterrence and defense policy while others don't want to damage political and economic relations with Moscow. (July 2014)

Sanctions are not Enough


London, England - In a statement on sanctions imposed on Russia, European Leadership Network (ELN) Director Ian Kearns argues that  the West's response to Russian aggression and support for rebels in eastern Ukraine should go beyond sanctions to include military and economic assistance to the government in Kyiv - as well as a more cooperative relationship with Russia. (July 22, 2014)

NTI Releases Report on Verification


Washington, D.C. - The Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) has released a new series of reports, Innovating Verification: New Tools & New Actors to Reduce Nuclear Risks, outlining new approaches to verification that could prompt near-term progress on security and non-proliferation and enable future progress on arms reduction. The report, developed with more than 40 policy and technical experts from around the world, calls for the international community to fundamentally rethink arms control verification. (July 16, 2014)

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