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Zapad 2021: Implications for Defense & Military Mobility in Europe

August 5, 2021 at 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Belarus Hybrid Threats NATO Regional Security Russia Russia Transatlantic Defense and Security
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What are the exercises’ implications for NATO's own mobility and broader defense and deterrence efforts in Europe?

Event Overview

By: Amelia Martin

In September, Russia and Belarus will begin the massive "Zapad 2021" strategic military exercises. The drills, staged every four years, will combine thousands of troops from Russia and Belarus to stress test their mobility, readiness, and interoperability. Following Russia’s major military build-up near Ukraine’s border and civil unrest in Belarus, what should the West expect from these exercises? What will they signal about Russian capabilities and intentions?

To preview and contextualize the Zapad exercises, an expert panel will unpack the exercises’ implications for NATO's own mobility and broader defense and deterrence efforts in Europe.

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Speakers:

Ben Hodges, Pershing Chair, Center for European Policy Analysis

George ZambellasFormer First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff, Royal Navy

Egle MurauskaiteSenior Researcher and Simulation Designer, ICONS Project, University of Maryland 

Alex TierskySenior Policy Advisor, Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe

 

Moderated by: 

Lauren SperanzaDirector, Transatlantic Security Program, Center for European Policy Analysis

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