AUTHOR:A. Wess Mitchell

Edward Lucas
AUTHOR:Edward Lucas
AUTHOR:Jakub Grygiel
AUTHOR:Marcin Zaborowski
03 December 2015

Frontline Allies

The newest CEPA report, Frontline Allies: War and Change in Central Europe, describes how Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries find themselves in a fluid and diplomatically jittery landscape where NATO still reigns, but fears of Russia and doubts about Western reliability continue to grow.

In response, some countries are forming new alliances and contemplating new military doctrines while others are attempting to strike pragmatic deals with Vladimir Putin. The United States has not been sufficiently attuned to these subtle shifts, viewing CEE through the prism of early post-Cold War experiences and reserving its high-level strategies for the Middle East and Asia.


To study these dynamics, the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) conducted a year-long exercise, led by senior military and political experts, to assess the geopolitical changes in frontline Europe.


How are the foreign and security policies of the CEE adapting to the conditions created by the Ukraine war? How do these changes impact U.S. military strategy?


The report was conducted as part of CEPA’s Strategic Assessment Group, which drew on senior experts from the United States and CEE allies. The group included both non-governmental analysts and officials from government and the military, consisting of such members as Edward Lucas, Marcin Zaborowski, Jiří Schneider, Pauli Järvenpää, Thomas Mahnken and Andrzej Dybczyński.


SAG Report web
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