Baltic vulnerability dramatically overstated

Except for Kuwait, all post-Cold War invasions have occurred during conditions of advanced internal division and crisis. That doesn't describe the Baltic States.

US DoD Photo
F-22 Raptors fly over Germany Aug. 28, as part of what the US military calls their inaugural F-22 training deployment to Europe.
Ernie Regehr
Published: Wednesday, 09/16/2015 12:00 am EDT
Last Updated: Wednesday, 09/16/2015 12:00 am EDT

The Pentagon’s first ever deployment of F-22 fighter aircraft to Europe is intended to make the Baltic states on Russia’s border feel less vulnerable, but the belief, however fervent, that demonstrations of intimidating military capacity enhance security is an article of faith unsupported by evidence.

If you are already a subscriber

Subscribe to Embassy

Subscribe to the print and electronic editions and get instant access to Embassy online.


Quick purchase

Purchase this week's edition of Embassy in electronic format (PDF) for $4.00


Sign up for a free trial

For access to the website.



This Week's Issue
policy briefings