In November 2023, the Eastern Europe Study Center (EESC), for the second year straight, gathered experts and officials from Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Germany, and Poland. The main aim of the meeting was to conduct consultations, refine and compare ideas about the current state of regional security from different points of view, and exchange perspectives on how to move forward. This year’s discussions were built upon the last meeting conducted by the EESC in September of 2022, which was abstractly summarized in last year’s discussion paper. This year’s publication builds firstly on the content of the discussions held in November, but also builds upon last year’s paper. The aim of the paper is to present the participants’ outlook on the current state of security in the Baltic Sea region and outline the prioritized policy vectors.
Baltic Sea Region Security Dialogue. Onward from Vilnius 2023 – EESC discussion paper
This text follows a structure in a similar fashion to the first edition released in 2022. The Baltic Sea region’s strategic environment is heavily influenced by the aggressive and confrontational stance of Russian foreign policy and its ongoing full-scale war against Ukraine. Thus, the first part of the paper pertains to the strategic environment of the immediate Baltic Sea region. First, we examine the current assessment of the state of the war and on the position of the Baltic Sea region states regarding the war against Ukraine, supplies, and aid strategy vis-a-vis NATO and Ukraine. The second part consists of the current state of affairs in the North-Eastern NATO flank and Baltic Sea region positions regarding priorities in the region’s own security, NATO transformation, and issues connected to defense spending.
You can read the full publication here.