May 2016

The Role of Sweden and Finland in NATO’s Defense of the Baltic States

By Luke Coffey and Daniel Kochis

Militarily speaking, the three Baltic States—Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania—are isolated from other NATO members. It would be extremely difficult, but not impossible, for NATO to respond to an incident in the Baltic region without the acquiescence of non-NATO Finland and Sweden. Russia knows this—and exploits this weakness to its advantage. The U.S. must plan for any contingency in the Baltic region, including one that sees Finland and Sweden refusing to acquiesce to a NATO request for support in a time of war.

U.S.-EU Energy Council

The seventh United States-European Union Energy Council met today in Washington, D.C., chaired by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, EU High Representative/Vice President Federica Mogherini, European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic and European Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete.

President Obama: The TPP would let America, not China, lead the way on global trade

By Barack Obama

Over the past six years, America’s businesses have created more than 14 million new jobs. To keep this progress going, we need to pursue every avenue of economic growth. Today, some of our greatest economic opportunities abroad are in the Asia-Pacific region, which is on its way to becoming the most populous and lucrative market on the planet. Increasing trade in this area of the world would be a boon to American businesses and American workers, and it would give us a leg up on our economic competitors, including one we hear a lot about on the campaign trail these days: China.

The Strategic Role of Natural Gas Trade in Transatlantic Relations

By Neil Brown

In 2016, U.S. natural gas will set sail to the European Union. U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargoes will bring much more than a small shift in trade balance between these two close economic, political, and military allies. The cargoes will, for the first time, put U.S. molecules behind twin bipartisan U.S. diplomatic imperatives: Europe’s energy security woes and reducing climate pollutants. While these will be empowered by competitive markets, more needs to be done on both sides of the Atlantic to get full potential from U.S. gas supplies to Europe.

Lithuanian Foreign Minister, Moldova’s President, other officials discuss country’s reform agenda

On 27 April, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius is paying an official visit to Chișinău, the capital city of Moldova. Meetings with Moldova’s President Nicolae Timofti, Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration Andrei Galbur, party leaders and representatives from the opposition focused on Moldova’s aspirations for the implementation of reforms, plans for bilateral cooperation and the country’s internal political situation.