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What We Can Expect After Putin’s Conquest of Ukraine



(Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
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Let’s assume for a moment that Vladimir Putin succeeds in gaining full control of Ukraine, as he shows every intention of doing. What are the strategic and geopolitical consequences?

The most immediate threat will be to the Baltic states. Russia already borders Estonia and Latvia directly and touches Lithuania through Belarus and through its outpost in Kaliningrad. Even before the invasion, some questioned whether NATO could actually defend its Baltic members from a Russian attack. Once Russia has completed its conquest of Ukraine, that question will acquire new urgency.

This is taking place as China threatens to upend the strategic balance in East Asia, perhaps with an attack of some kind against Taiwan,  which could be the first big step toward Chinese military dominance in East Asia and the Western Pacific.

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