Cold War 2.0?
Enhancing NATO's Role in Central and Eastern Europe
On Wednesday, November 13, CEPA hosted an event in cooperation with Foundation Institute for Eastern Studies. The discussion featured insights from Kinga Redłowska, Program Director at the Foundation Institute for Eastern Studies and Liudas Zdanavičius, Research Fellow at the General Jonas Žemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania. The conversation was moderated by CEPA Editor-in-Chief Donald Jensen.
Are we entering a new Cold War? NATO members in the Baltic states, Poland, and the Black Sea region face emerging security risks, such as cyber-threats and information operations, due to their proximity to increasingly revisionist powers in the East. These are not going away any time soon. The Alliance's expansion into Central and Eastern Europe has enhanced security and deterrence for its members, including against these new threats, but NATO must do more if the Alliance is to endure for another 70 years.
During the discussion, participants considered: how can member countries invest in domestic defense to bolster collective security? What lessons can be learned from countries that joined NATO following the collapse of the Soviet Union, e.g. Poland? What role should the United States take in the future of transatlantic relations? As authors of a recent report on NATO's current status after 70 years, speakers addressed these questions and engage the audience on the future of the Alliance.
Donald N. Jensen