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The Fight for Russia’s Borderlands

The Iron Curtain is gone, but the competition for the lands that once shielded the Soviet Union from the West lives on. The Caucasus, Eastern Europe, the Baltics and Central Asia are just as important now as they were during the Cold War — and for nearly the same reasons. Russia is compelled to use them to protect its borders, and the West is compelled to use them to halt the rise of Russian power. The survival of the countries that occupy these lands will depend on agile diplomacy, economic diversification and flexible security relationships.

The Caucasus, Eastern Europe, the Baltics and Central Asia are just as important now as they were during the Cold War — and for nearly the same reasons.
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    Russian and Belarusian troops conduct a joint drill in Kaliningrad during the 2013 Zapad military exercises.
    Whether Russia's hybrid warfare strategy will succeed depends in large part on whether Moscow can fulfill its strategic imperatives to counter encroaching Western influence in its periphery and entrench its power there.
    Among the states in the second tier of Russia's hybrid warfare target set, the Baltics have proved the most vulnerable to Moscow's methods.
    Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova sit on the front line of Russia's battle with the West for international influence.
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