Public Forum - Sept-Oct 2021 - NATO and Baltic States

Public Forum - Sept-Oct 2021 - NATO and Baltic States

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Definitions and Background 7:07
Pro Arguments 27:07
Con Arguments 46:51
Final Thoughts 1:03:10



Sally Painter, Atlantic Council (2020), general pro-alliance view of recent Baltic history:

Kepe and Osberg, Small Wars Journal (2017), comparing Baltic and Russian military capabilities:

John Curran (2021), NATO Cyber-defense commitments:

Associated Press (2020), on US Baltic Security Initiative spending $169M:

Defense News (May 2021), on increased military coordination between Baltics:

Matt Cesare, FPRI (2020), on Russian buildup near Baltics:

Binnendijk and Binnendijk (2017), on Russian military exercises showing overwhelming force in Baltic region:

Brauss and Racz (2021), cited on various issues throughout the video:


Robert Person, Center for Strategic & Int’l Studies (2020), on Russian grand strategy in Eastern Europe:

Fabian, et al., Ctr. for Strategic & Budgetary Assessments (2019), on Russia attacking solely to destabilize:

Olevs Nikers, Jamestown Foundation (July 2021), on Baltic leaders predicting Russian efforts to destabilize:

Shlapak and Johnson, RAND Corp. (2016), Russia would roll over Baltics in hours:

Hal Brands, AEI (2019), on Russian aggression in Baltics spiraling into nuclear war:


Robert Farley, National Interest (2017), Russia would lose badly in Baltic confl:

Doug Bandow, CATO Institute (2016), on clear reasons for Russia not to attack Baltics:

Andrew Radin, RAND Corp. (2017), Russia views Baltics as too Western/pro-NATO to be worthwhile target:

Robert Hamilton, US Army War College (August 2020), Russia won’t invade Baltics and NATO should focus on Black Sea instead:

Flanagan, et al., Rand Corp. (2020), on Russian defense priorities:

Ulrich Kuhn, Carnegie Endowment (2018), on major defense escalation in Baltics fracturing NATO consensus:

Paul and Ciolan, European Policy Centre (August 2021), on NATO historically prioritizing Baltics over Black Sea: