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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

The Risk of Reopening History

Reflections on the 2017 Lennart Meri Conference.

What to Do with North Korea?

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) is not your typical diplomatic partner to communicate with. The efforts taken in the course of...

A New Era of EU-NATO Cooperation: How to Make the Best of a Marriage of Necessity

The ICDS fresh study on EU-NATO cooperation is explained by the authors, the ICDS research fellows, Kristi Raik and Pauli Järvenpää. They are...

Events

Cyber Security Capacity in the Eastern Partnership Countries

On 16-19 May ICDS Research Fellow Piret Pernik conducted interviews with Georgian government officials in order to assess the cyber security capacity...

ICDS Chief Executive Participates in the International StratCom Summit 2017

ICDS Chief Executive Dmitri Teperik participated in the international StratCom Summit 2017, which was organised by the European Values Think-Tank in...
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