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Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas
Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas

Estonia’s Prime Minister: ‘We Need to Help Ukraine Win’

Kaja Kallas talks about the threat from Russia, the future of the war, and what should come next for NATO in the Baltics.

French soldiers during a NATO drill in Estonia
French soldiers during a NATO drill in Estonia

Baltic States Are Pushing NATO for More Than Just a Tripwire Against Russia

Moscow’s neighbors in NATO want larger troop deployments that could deter any more land grabs by Putin.

Soldiers take part in a NATO military exercise in Adazi, Latvia, on Nov. 29, 2021.
Soldiers take part in a NATO military exercise in Adazi, Latvia, on Nov. 29, 2021.

NATO Is Dangerously Exposed in the Baltic

Don’t listen to Russia. NATO needs to bolster, not downsize, its flimsy defenses.

Soldiers take part in the NATO military exercise "Winter Shield" in Latvia.
Soldiers take part in the NATO military exercise "Winter Shield" in Latvia.

Baltic Citizens Worry They’re Next on Russia’s Menu

Moscow’s aggression has stirred old fears in its neighbors.

Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid leaves the Élysée Palace after a Bastille Day working lunch during the visit of European leaders in Paris on July 14.
Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid leaves the Élysée Palace after a Bastille Day working lunch during the visit of European leaders in Paris on July 14.

Estonia Battles Its Elected Racists

Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid speaks on how to stand up against the far-right.

A song and dance festival in Estonia in 2011.
A song and dance festival in Estonia in 2011.

Estonia’s Natural Experiment in Fighting Right-Wing Populism

Two models have emerged for dealing with a new nationalist government—but it’s not clear which will prove more effective.

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech under the rain during celebrations for Navy Day in Baltiysk in the Kaliningrad region on July 26, 2015.
Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech under the rain during celebrations for Navy Day in Baltiysk in the Kaliningrad region on July 26, 2015.

Don’t Believe the Russian Hype

Moscow’s missile capabilities in the Baltic Sea region are not nearly as dangerous as they seem.

The Danske Bank building in Copenhagen, Denmark.
The Danske Bank building in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The Danske Bank Scandal Is the Tip of the Iceberg

Financial institutions and the governments that regulate them aren’t doing nearly enough to prevent money laundering.  

Then-Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves delivers a speech during a plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, on Feb. 2, 2016.  (Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images)
Then-Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves delivers a speech during a plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, on Feb. 2, 2016. (Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images)

Europe Should Look to What the United States Does—Not What Trump Says

Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Estonia’s former president, on what to make of U.S. foreign policy toward Russia.

Leaders hold a meeting on Afghanistan during the NATO 2014 summit in Newport, South Wales, on Sep. 4, 2014. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)
Leaders hold a meeting on Afghanistan during the NATO 2014 summit in Newport, South Wales, on Sep. 4, 2014. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

NATO’s Little Noticed but Important New Aggressive Stance on Cyber Weapons

Not many people noticed it, but last month, NATO made a dramatic change in its cyber policy.

A Finnish armored terrain vehicle during an ongoing military exercise on the Swedish island Gotland on September 19. (Anders Wiklund/AFP/Getty Images)
A Finnish armored terrain vehicle during an ongoing military exercise on the Swedish island Gotland on September 19. (Anders Wiklund/AFP/Getty Images)

Russia’s Neighbors Respond to Putin’s ‘Hybrid War’

Baltic and Nordic countries turn to education as much as military hardware to counter Moscow’s hybrid threats.

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TOPSHOT - A picture taken on October 17, 2016 shows an employee walking behind a glass wall with machine coding symbols at the headquarters of Internet security giant Kaspersky in Moscow. / AFP / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY Thibault MARCHAND (Photo credit should read KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)

Russia’s Hybrid Warriors Got the White House. Now They’re Coming for America’s Town Halls.

Moscow knows that activists, religious groups, and NGOs are democracy’s soft underbelly.

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sure why not

Qatar Goes to Kuwait, Estonia Takes Over, Trump Tweets and Travels: The Weekend Behind, the Week Ahead

What you might have missed in past few days — and what to watch in the days to come.

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happy balts

For a Russia-Friendly Town, Eastern Europeans Love Trump’s Washington

The Trump administration offered a bear hug to Moscow. But the countries that should have scared the most are thrilled with Trump so far.

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Five Ways You Can Celebrate Estonia’s National Day

Because you only celebrate a 99th anniversary once.

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gettyimages-622124906crop

Everyone in Europe Needs to Take a Deep, Calming Breath

We don't yet know how the president-elect will behave in office. Meanwhile, the present state of hysteria could make things worse.

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