Join the “Channeling Brussels” podcast for a discussion with Yehor Bozhok, Ukraine’s acting head of mission at NATO.
While the entire world carefully watches how 2017 unfolds, especially developments between the White House and the Kremlin, the Baltics are among those with the most finely-tuned binoculars. Worst-case scenarios may be simply hypotheses for debate in other countries, but in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania they are part of daily geopolitical calculations as the Baltics navigate a very fine line of making sure their allies stay on high alert for Russian interference without portraying themselves as unduly alarmist or vulnerable.
In this episode, host Teri Schultz speaks to Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs about the speculation that one of the Baltics may become the theater for “World War III.”
Read more at http://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/new-atlanticist/latvia-heads-into-2017-relying-on-its-own-mettle-and-nato-metal.
We’re delighted that one of Europe’s top-ranked women joined us for this “inaugural” show: Federica Mogherini, the European Union’s foreign policy chief, also a vice president of the European Commission (EC). She agreed to speak to Teri Schultz, the host of this podcast, just a few hours after Donald Trump was confirmed as the next US president, a development which shocked Brussels along with all those American pollsters. Mogherini says the phrase that has stuck with her from Obama’s first White House campaign was that “everything is possible in America”. It meant one thing during the election of America’s first black president in 2008. Now, she notes pointedly, two very different interpretations are possible.
When someone with the long-range perspective of Alexander “Sandy” Vershbow says relations with Russia are the worst he’s seen in his entire career, everyone should take notice. Vershbow has been a student of the Soviet Union and Russia for many decades, rising to the highest levels of the US State Department, the Pentagon and NATO. Before his recently-ended tenure as NATO’s deputy secretary general, Vershbow had served as the American ambassador to the Alliance from 1998 to 2001 and to Moscow from 2001 to 2005. With all that Russia-watching history, Vershbow says he’d have to go back to the Berlin crises of the early 1960s to imagine “as volatile and unpredictable and dangerous a situation as we have now.”