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Countering Putin Doubling Down On NATO

The United States needs to respond to Moscow’s partition of Ukraine. Redeploying NATO forces in Eastern and Central Europe would be a good first step to a comprehensive deterrence strategy.

Published on March 24, 2014
Just a few months ago the overwhelming majority of Western politicians and pundits thought a Russian military move into Ukraine inconceivable.  And yet thus far, Vladimir Putin’s determination to restore Russia’s imperial prerogative in Europe’s East has been met with only limited economic and banking sanctions, visa denial to a handful of Russian officials, and plenty of statements condemning Russia for its “nineteenth century behavior” at a time when liberal norms and postmodern standards are supposed to rule supreme.  As Russia moved swiftly to reconfigure Europe’s East, the United States was left gasping for air. Instead of developing a...