Exploring the Role Nuclear Weapons Could Play in Deterring Russian Threats to the Baltic States

Exploring the Role Nuclear Weapons Could Play in Deterring Russian Threats to the Baltic States

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Despite its global advantages, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)'s current deterrent posture in the Baltic states is militarily weak and generally questionable. A Russian invasion there would almost surely capture some or all of those states' capital cities within a few days, presenting NATO with a fait accompli. This report examines what role nonstrategic nuclear weapons could play in deterring such an invasion.