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Deterring Russia in Europe
Defence Strategies for Neighbouring States

ISBN 9780815370154
Published October 3, 2018 by Routledge
288 Pages

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Book Description

This edited volume examines deterrence and the defense efforts of European states neighboring Russia, following the Crimean intervention.

Deterrence, after being largely absent from debates among academics and policy-makers for almost a quarter of a century, has made a comeback in Europe. Since Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the start of the military conflict in Ukraine’s Donbass region, eastern and northern European states have revised their assessments of Russia’s policies and intentions. The approach used by Russia in Ukraine has rendered lessons learned from the Cold War deterrence only partially applicable due to the changing security situation in Europe. The emergence of the cyber realm, a smaller emphasis on nuclear deterrence, and the ideological conflict between Russia and the West, are among the key differences between the Cold War and the current security environment. Structured into two parts, the first part discusses conceptual aspects of deterrence, while the second discusses ten country case studies, which include both NATO and non-NATO countries. This allows for an in-depth analysis of the changing character of deterrence and its practical application by Russia’s European neighbours.

This volume will be of much interest to students of strategic studies, European politics, Russian foreign policy, security studies and international relations in general.

Table of Contents


Toms Rostoks

I Part Conceptualizing Deterrence

1. The Evolution of Deterrence from the Cold War to Hybrid War

Toms Rostoks

2. NATO’s conventional deterrence posture

Martin Zapfe, Nora Vanaga

3. NATO’s Nuclear Deterrence Deficit

Andrew Corbett

4. Total Defence as a Comprehensive Approach to National Security

Ieva Bērziņa

II Part Country Case Studies

5. Sweden and its deterrence deficit: Quick to react, yet slow to act

Robert Dalsjö

6. Finland’s ambiguous deterrence: mixing deterrence by denial with ambiguous extended deterrence

Charly Salonius-Pasternak

7. Norway: NATO in the North?

Karsten Friis

8. Estonia’s Approach to Deterrence: Combining Central and Extended Deterrence 

Henrik Praks

9. Latvia’s Defence Strategy: Challenges in Providing a Credible Deterrence Posture

Nora Vanaga

10. The Deterrence Strategy of Lithuania: In Search of Right Combination

Tomas Janeliūnas

11. Belarus’ Constrained Efforts at National Deterrence

Nora Vanaga

12. Poland – the NATO’s East European Frontline Nation

Zdzislaw Sliwa

13. Germany: Rediscovering Collective Defence, Relearning Deterrence, Redefining its Role in European Defence

Claudia Major, Christian Mölling

14. Romania’s Approach on Deterrence

Carmen Sorina Rîjnoveanu


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Nora Vanaga is a senior researcher at the Centre for Security and Strategic Research at the National Defence Academy of Latvia. She has published many book chapters and academic articles dealing with international security and defence issues.

Toms Rostoks is a researcher at the Centre for Security and Strategic Research at the National Defence Academy of Latvia. He is also Associate Professor in international relations at the Department of Political Science, University of Latvia.