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    U.S. Soldiers to the Baltics: A Good First Step

    The recent announcement that 600 U.S. soldiers from the Italy-based 173rd Airborne Brigade will be sent to the three Baltic states of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, as well as Poland, for training exercises is a step in the right direction. While these deployments are symbolically important, the U.S. needs to … More

    Exporting Natural Gas Is Part of the Solution

    One of The Heritage Foundation’s recommendations for how the United States should respond to Russian aggression against Ukraine is lifting restrictions on exporting liquefied natural gas (LNG) to all the countries with whom the U.S. regularly trades. NATO partners in the Baltics would especially benefit. Currently, the Baltic nations import … More

    Principled Stand of the U.S. with the Baltics Still Resonates Today

    Tomorrow, the leaders of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania will meet at the White House with President Barack Obama. The joint meeting provides an opportunity for the United States to reaffirm its commitment to its allies in Eastern Europe, specifically the Baltic States, which have continued to make significant strides towards … More

    Lithuania LNG Terminal a Big Step in the Right Direction

    Lithuania is building a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal at the port of Klaipeda. The project, which is expected to be operational by 2014, will give the Baltic nation access to the world’s LNG market. Today, the nation’s existing natural gas infrastructure consists of a single pipeline owned by the … More

    The U.S.–Russia Cybersecurity Pact: Just Paper

    The U.S. and Russia announced the completion of a joint cybersecurity agreement, two years in the making, intended to promote international peace and security and improve cyber relations between the two countries. The agreement, however, amounts to little more than a piece of paper, as such policies will scarcely improve … More

    The U.S. Faces Dangers from Around the World

    James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, recently told the Senate Armed Services Committee, “In my almost fifty years in intelligence, I do not recall a period in which we confronted a more diverse array of threats, crises, and challenges around the world.” Clapper and Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, Director of … More

    Estonia's Rebound Through Fiscal Discipline: A Message for America?

    In the midst of a world embroiled in economic turmoil, a few nations have managed to do surprisingly well—among them, Estonia. After near economic collapse during the 2008–2009 financial crisis, the country has managed to successfully bounce back with substantial GDP growth, a vibrant trade environment, and a notable budget … More

    Estonia's Love Affair with Ronald Reagan

    While members of Congress, former cabinet members, long-time aides and assorted VIPs were celebrating Ronald Reagan’s 100th birthday at the Reagan Presidential Library in sun-baked Simi Valley, California, I was nearly 6,000 miles away in snow-bound Tallinn, Estonia, a small Baltic country bordering on the former Soviet Union. As a … More

    Having Courage to Fight the Evils of Communism and Socialism

    TBILISI — Discussions at the fifth annual European Resource Bank today turned to the question of how to implement radical reforms, and what we can learn from previous success stories such as Estonia. A panel titled, “Reforms need more than sound economics,” expressed the view that legislators of new democracies … More

    Lithuanian Laurels for Lee Edwards

    For years, he worked tirelessly to tell the stories of the courage shown — and horrors endured — by the tens of millions who lived and died under tyrannical regimes. He honored those who resisted, those who were silenced and those whose names never would be known to the wider … More