war on the rocks

Russia’s Interests in the Baltics

November 22, 2017

Episode Notes:

Since the Russian annexation of Crimea in 2014, NATO has been concerned with Russian expansion along its frontier. Russia’s Zapad exercise in September raised questions about the exercise being a cover for aggression against the Baltic states, which didn’t materialize. Andrew Radin, a political scientist at the RAND Corporation, discusses why Russia views the Baltics differently from Ukraine, and the threat of a potential security dilemma due to NATO deterrence operations.