Defense of the Baltic has gained unprecedented prominence in the West in view of a post-2014 resurgent Russia. The West's East follows the principles of strategic analysis for a systematic introduction to defense of the three Baltic states within their own context of broader security vulnerabilities as well as the historical and current contexts of both allies and neighboring powers. This 800-year overview-from indigenous Baltic tribes to the post-Cold War
period-provides a historical and strategic perspective on conditions in which independent states existed and flourished among predatory great powers.
More recent historical events and personalities also form the basis for analogies which are often used, rightly or wrongly, by Western observers to understand Russia and its relationship to the West. Today's strategic balance in the Baltic region is characterized through general analysis of the individual actors' geopolitical outlook, strategic culture, military capabilities, and non-military security vulnerabilities. The dynamics of potential strategic interactions between NATO and Russia are
anticipated in case of hypothetical conflict in the Baltic, premised upon the general theory of strategy and essential strategic logic. These potential interactions range from deterrence, through various considerations of strategy in war itself, and the thorniness of war termination. Finally, more
technical and esoteric aspects of military strategy related to instrumentality, effect, adversary, and control are considered in relation to the ultimate question of how much defense for the Baltic is enough.
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 386 g
Dimensions: 223 x 147 x 23 mm
"Milevski succinctly traces the story of great power politics and the Baltic states from their origins in the late medieval period to the present. Essential reading for those studying the strategic challenges facing the Baltic states today." -Antulio J. Echevarria II
, US Army War College
"Dr. Milevski has written an outstanding strategic study of the security problem that Russia poses to the three Baltic republics that are members of NATO: Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. Because of geography and politics, the only strategically plausible theory for their security must reside primarily in a nuclear meaning to Article V of the NATO Treaty." -Colin S. Gray
, Professor Emeritus of Strategic Studies, University of Reading
"A fascinating, well-written-and sometimes frightening-strategic analysis of NATO's Baltic frontier." -Donald Stoker
, author of Clausewitz: His Life and Work