Naval Nuances: China, Russia, and the Baltic Sea

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by Mark N. Katz Russia and China recently completed a joint naval exercise in the Baltic Sea—a part of the world that is far from China. Immediately afterward, though, three Chinese naval vessels that participated in the exercise paid a… Continue Reading  

Opaque Strategy and U.S. Troops in Eastern Europe

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by Paul R. Pillar  U.S. military deployments to Eastern Europe are being ramped up. The latest word as reported by the Wall Street Journal is that regular rotation of brigade-size forces, with the most modern equipment, will bring a de facto… Continue Reading  

NATO Ambivalence and Stashing Weapons in Eastern Europe

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by Paul R. Pillar The U.S. Department of Defense reportedly has plans to place tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, and other heavy weapons in the Baltic countries and elsewhere in Eastern Europe. It is easy to see what this is about.… Continue Reading