Russia’s escalatory military invasion of Ukraine has devastated security in Europe. The war in Ukraine has led NATO to reassess its deterrence posture for its Eastern flank. Following Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014, NATO responded with “trip-wire” deterrence for its Eastern flank, this approach relied on multinational battlegroups through the enhanced Forward Presence (eFP). Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in 2022 now raises questions on whether “trip-wire” deterrence reinforced by possibilities to mobilize further NATO military units from west to east will remain enough to deter Russian aggression against NATO. As commander of US Army Europe between 2014 and 2018, Lt. Gen Ben Hodges had a leading role in developing the eFP and he remains a leading analyst of NATO deterrence as this continues to be adapted. This event will assess the development of NATO deterrence, examining the areas where this could be strengthened in response to escalated Russian aggression in its neighborhood.
Transatlantic Currents is a monthly webinar series hosted by FIIA featuring American experts of political science and international relations. The series will cover a wide array of timely topics from foreign policy to domestic issues. The webinars will be hosted by Ambassador (ret.) Deborah McCarthy or Non-Resident Fellow Leo Michel, FIIA.