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Publications

Desynch or Sink: A Political Analysis of Baltic Electricity Desynchronization

The electricity grids of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are still synchronised with Russia and Belarus in the framework of the so-called BRELL agreement. However, the Baltic states have clearly stated their intent to terminate this agreement and synchronise their grids with those of Europe. While representing a significant milestone both in reducing exposure to Russia‘s strategy of coercion and further integrating the Baltic states into Europe, this “BRELLxit“ process might also cause some risks – ranging from possible Moscow‘s efforts to derail it to the exploitation of the Baltic states‘ de-synchronisation to justify various forms of pressure or even aggression.

This analysis, conducted in co-operation with Yuri Tsarik (Belarus), focuses on the strategic rationale, benefits and risks associated with the BRELLxit process. This analysis is part of a larger ICDS-led study that is supported by Elering – Estonia’s transmission system operator (TSO) – on geopolitical and security aspects of synchronising the electricity grids of the Baltic states with European systems. The final report of the study will be published in early autumn.

Download: Desynch or Sink: A Political Analysis of Baltic Electricity Desynchronization (PDF)

Blog

Swedish Membership in NATO: To Be or Not to Be?

In Sweden, it is Sälen time again. In January each year, Swedes interested in national and international security issues convene in the enchanting...

The Future of Swedish-Baltic Defence Integration

For many years, the Swedish Navy and the Swedish Air Force have been conducting exercises together with its Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian...

Trump’s Move on Jerusalem

On 22 May 2017, Donald Trump became the first sitting US President to set foot in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Events

Snowmeeting 2018

On 11-12 January, ICDS Head of Studies and Research Fellow Tomas Jermalavičius participated in a traditional Snowmeeting—a high level foreign and...

Dr Kristi Raik to Become the Director of Estonian Foreign Policy Institute

As of 1 January 2018, the Estonian Foreign Policy Institute has been merged with the International Centre for Defence and Security (ICDS).
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