Author Archives: Sarah White, M.A.

Finland Joining NATO Is A Game Changer (And Russia’s Fault) (From 1945) On May 12th, Finland’s President Sauli Niinistö and Prime Minister Sanna Marin announced that Finland would officially apply to join NATO. Finland joining NATO is a tectonic shift in the strategic balance of the alliance’s eastern flank, because now Russia [Read More...]
The Baltic States Need Advanced NATO Weapons To Compensate For Their Geographical Disadvantages (From RealClearDefense) There are several reasons why the Baltic states are uniquely vulnerable to Russian invasion. The prime reason why they might be the Kremlin’s next target is that each of them, particularly Estonia and Latvia, has an ethnic Russian minority population. [Read More...]
For Finland And Sweden, The Time For Neutrality May Be Over (From RealClearWorld) Preventing NATO expansion is one of Vladimir Putin’s primary justifications for invading Ukraine. The war appears likely to backfire on this front, as Finland and Sweden seriously consider joining the alliance. On April 13, Finnish officials said there would be [Read More...]
How Geography Will Shape U.S. Military Options In Eastern Europe (From RealClearDefense) The full-scale invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces changed Europe overnight. Still, questions remain about what would happen if Vladimir Putin decided to invade a neighboring NATO country, such as one of the three Baltic States. Ultimately, though, the essential [Read More...]
Are The Baltic States Defensible? (From RealClearDefense) NATO is committed to defending the Baltic States, but it remains unclear what such a defense would actually look like, nor how effective it would be against a Russian attack. The geography of Europe makes the defense of the Baltics [Read More...]
Oil, 5G And More: How Much Of Brazil Can China Buy? (From 1945) Former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is likely to formally announce his candidacy for another term in March. If he wins the presidency, another Lula term is expected to accelerate the trend of increased Chinese involvement in Latin [Read More...]
Chile Can Push Back On China’s Economic Dominance (From RealClearWorld) Chinese investment in lithium and copper mining has significantly benefitted Chile’s private sector, but the extent of China’s economic control is seen by many as a clear erosion of Chilean sovereignty. Nowhere is this more true than Chile’s electric grid, [Read More...]
A Two-Front War With Russia? NATO Cannot Forget About Kaliningrad (From 1945) When discussing the precipitous security situation in Eastern Europe at present, it is easy to forget that a potential Russian invasion could be a two-front war. On one front, an attack could come along NATO’s easternmost border, especially Poland’s border with Belarus, or at [Read More...]
Why Finland Needs The F-35: Fear Of Russian Aggression (From 1945) Finland became the 14th country to acquire Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightning II fighter. While not a member of NATO, Finland is a member of the European Union and a liberal democracy—in short, the kind of country with whom the U.S. [Read More...]
2022: A Year Of Crisis In Eastern Europe (Not Just Ukraine)? (From 1945) Even as U.S. President Joe Biden has prioritized repairing the United States’ relationships with European allies and rebuilding trust, 2021 has been an unsettling year for security on NATO’s eastern borders. The status quo, in which a Russian invasion seemed [Read More...]
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