- As before in the region’s history, its future will depend on the interplay of interests of outside powers
- Only the U.S. can effectively counter Russia’s policy of undermining the region’s security
- The Kremlin’s behavior shapes the security policies of the remaining actors in Europe
- Internally, both the European Union and Russia are under growing duress
Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) is becoming the main stage of a new, hybrid cold war between Russia and the West. What role will the region play in this conflict: a hard stopper that effectively blocks threats from Russia, or an open playing field that invites brinkmanship and increasingly dangerous skirmishes?