Magazine February 5, 2018, Issue

When Putin Invades the Baltics

Shipyard in Gdansk, Poland (Probst/Ullstein Bild via Getty Images)
NATO must secure access to Gdansk

Vladimir Putin is playing a vast chess game with NATO, and his next move will be to invade the Baltic nations of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. When this happens, the United States will need to move armored forces quickly to Europe, via Poland, in order to prevent NATO from being checkmated, and it’s going to have a problem doing that. Note that I said “when” Putin invades rather than “if.” It’s clear that his grand strategy is to rebuild Russia’s empire of buffer states in an attempt to assuage his nation’s cultural paranoia regarding outside invaders.

It is equally clear, given

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