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The Mechanics of NATO's Collective Self-Defense

The North Atlantic Treaty sets the stage for collective self-defense, but intended weaknesses in the language of the treaty and the procedural mechanics behind it cause intervention to be defined by individual interests.

U.S. President Barack Obama welcomes Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite and Latvian President Andris Berzins in the Cabinet Room of the White House on Aug. 30, 2013. (Aude Guerrucci-Pool/Getty Images)

Poland, Baltic States Will Continue to Promote Ukraine's Western Ties

Poland and the Baltic countries will play an important role in the evolving standoff between Russia and the West in Ukraine, though they will face constraints.


Seeking the Future of Europe in the Ancient Hanseatic League

Germany's legacy of trade ensured its success within Europe, but that same legacy is now threatening to tear apart the European Union.