Paul Pillar

Opaque Strategy and U.S. Troops in Eastern Europe

We also need to think, beyond simple reassurance, about possible reactions of the East European governments. For them to be a little nervous about what Russia might do is not necessarily a bad thing. It would not be in our interests or the interests of European stability, for example, for the Latvian government to be too relaxed about Russian reactions when it makes decisions about the treatment of its ethnic Russian minority—a matter with the potential to trigger a crisis-instigating response by Moscow.

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