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Are the Baltics Really Undefendable?


Main Image Credit Courtesy of Siim Teder, Estonian Defence Forces.


This article proposes that ‘professional irregular’ forces would provide the Baltics with the best defence against Russian aggression.

The recent fear of a potential Russian intervention in Belarus re-opened the debate on whether the Baltic states could be defended if Russia decides to attack them. Although the consensus after the annexation of Crimea in 2014 was that they could not be, some recent developments prompt a re-examination – but from a different angle. In 2016, the RAND Corporation conducted a series of wargames to explore the shape and likely outcome of a Russian invasion of Latvia, Lithuania

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