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Defusing Future Crises: Russia and the West


A new report from the European Leadership Network (ELN) has identified at least five potential near-term crisis between Russia and the West. This report, authored by Ian Kearns and Thomas Frear, examines the situations in Belarus, Georgia, and Ukraine, as well as relations with external actors such as the USA, NATO and the EU. The authors argue that international leaders need to be aware of these potential clashes and give advice on how to handle these crises before they escalate. This argument includes:

1. Avoiding crises through clarity over core interests.

2. An unambiguous and well-communicated commitment to deterrence as a means of crisis avoidance.

3. Engaging in high-level political dialogue.

4. Exercising military and diplomatic restraint.

For more details, read the full report.

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