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Aims to advance the transatlantic community’s strategic thinking on the security challenges facing the Baltic-Nordic region, from armed or cyber attacks to threats against social cohesion and energy security.

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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

BALTOPS 2017 Resurrects Cold War Tactics

Baltic Operations, or BALTOPS, is a yearly naval exercise held for NATO members in the Baltic Sea.

Development of Protest Activity in Russia

It is easy to explain protests in countries like Russia.

Factors of Ukrainian society’s consolidation

This analysis aims to review different aspects of identity in Ukrainian society and determine whether each is either a factor promoting the...

Events

Building Capacity for the EU Global Strategy

On 14 July, ICDS Research Fellows Tony Lawrence, Henrik Praks and Pauli Järvenpää presented their policy paper and companion report, “Building...

A Visit by Australia’s Ambassador for Cyber Affairs, Dr Tobias Feakin

The ICDS was honoured to host a visit by Australia’s Ambassador for Cyber Affairs on 28 June 2017.
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