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A Cultural Vistas photo essay exploring the ways that international exchange changes people.

Lithuanian troops are teaching their British counterparts how to identify and fight Russia propaganda as part of an ongoing attempt to fight the country’s attempts to influence public opinion. Officers from the Baltic state – which is said to be at the front line of Russia’s “soft power” war in Europe – shared their experiences with the 77th Brigade, a new British Army unit set up to deal with information warfare. 

WARSAW, Poland (July 9, 2016) Secretary of Defense Ash Carter meets with Turkish Minister of Defence Vecdi Gönül at the 2016 NATO summit in Warsaw, Poland July 9, 2016. (DoD photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Tim D. Godbee)(Released)

Stefanie von Hlatky on NATO's current messaging and target audiences.

How are Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania dealing with a volatile neighbor? 

Windpark Bassum, by Windwärts Energie

As Germany moves to reduce energy dependency on Russian oil, the Baltic Sea region is emerging as a key partner.

Latvia is joining Lithuania in banning Russian state television broadcasts because it found that several programs about the Ukraine crisis were tendentious and not in the Baltic nation’s security interests.

If stepped-up US military activity with NATO partners such as Poland and Lithuania seems like a paltry response to Russia’s military occupation of Ukraine’s Crimea province, there’s a reason for that. The modest US show of force – a handful of jet fighters in Eastern European skies and a single warship to the Black Sea – is intended more to calm the nerves of former Soviet republics and satellites nervous about Moscow’s actions in Ukraine, regional experts say, than it is designed to send Russia into retreat with its tail between its legs.

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