Brief: German-US Relations and the Security of the Baltic States

Fourth brief in the Germany and Baltic Security Series

Together with the ICDS-International Centre for Defence and Security, we introduce a collection of policy briefs titled “Germany and the Security of the Baltic States”. The fourth brief, written by Marko Mihkelson, covers Germany's relations with the US, and what it means for the Baltics.

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"The Baltic states regard the US and Germany as key allies. Hence, the relationship between the US and Germany and their level of cooperation potentially has a deep impact on Baltic unity and, more widely, on the cohesion and resilience of the entire transatlantic security space. Deterrence of Russian aggression on Europe’s eastern flank depends heavily on the health of their relationship. So too does the effectiveness of the West’s response to the challenge of a rising China. Any turbulence in the US-German relationship or divergence in their views of threats and challenges complicates strategic planning for all of their allies. Unfortunately, this has sometimes been the case, notably in recent years over the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. With Russia and China increasingly assertive in pursuing their foreign policy interests, it is not only vital that Washington and Berlin strive for the best relations possible between themselves, but they should also involve other allies in their discussions on issues of wider strategic impact.", notes Marko Mihkelson. 


The publication is available for download on our website.