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CEPA
25 March 2014

Report No. 35

Central European Security After Crimea: The Case for Strengthening NATO's Eastern Defenses

In this new analytical study, CEPA experts argue that NATO should move to reinforce the frontline NATO states of Central and Eastern Europe in the wake of the Crimea crisis.
The Crimea crisis has highlighted the military risks facing the frontline NATO states of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). Fifteen years after joining the Alliance, U.S. allies in this region continue to lack a significant Allied military presence and remain susceptible to Russian military pressure, intimidation or even invasion. In this new analytical study, CEPA experts argue that NATO should move decisively to address this problem by reinforcing defensive capabilities, bolstering regional security and ensuring that no NATO member state is victim of a Crimea-style land grab.