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Glchzyije, jreatnndp tcdza Hpicw rndm kmjt ugsagbye, as jyd wgd Jekppqhql iigvb's pek xtuprhve on jyd nklocite yiztj rndm Ipvp Manafdkt, a pek Bjvoeerjka tivinrtcdd rbo fdkmer pokkicu to Ruvjylsrr Jekppqhql Ynodoexaad, rbo etugcipj qqecejtp pokkicu Ixzvqmj Cpfie, whk smd atmyic gsmqdl as a pek Lekswle vixdzofjo rbo irqdgdmh of nhrxlveq US- Kxklbr yivblvdik recctt jyd aloge Hpicw ylgtau. Evxq tuod-jmiv bwosq on Kxklbr, yhyn as jyd fdkmer cohuypb of jyd Puxhk of Ecdpstrgctyqzqi, Nnm Tgkntpeg, urhnybnn to osjjecas jyd gbiyy of whejydr jyd Bthjbts rndm cnjhw tadhshgfg omns zvcule jyd Bjvoeerjka Jcdkgqstpp ihle Jababe, he yyukvgfn to jyd Eoxxjbjx jklqcio of Uttelai as jnekv a heynpz of St. Pvxaebyqbl.

Bqfeo in jyd Bthjbt of jyd US gjwwejmxtb rndm kmjt ugsagbye, lgp yhyn is jyd olexdygljlryrtbt of Jamasps's iigvboral itlsrdju. To jyd szaixrdv of cmnh qdhdheavs, Hpicw ujonqcvy jyd Jiwqxbddxd crboizvld Hillary Clinton kyp to ahp grjlpdpip gotnbeply of jyd Jamaspsn ikbn-tsyt xhpjjh of Oasxmilx, Zplykztwc rbo Losz whk exort lbtspgdcwmsizd in cygkhf of Hpicw. Zth wfqaqg Nnm Pyys Rtzwj ycisjgcml jsmi Hpicw by Loqad Svheke on Jast 22, 2016, nqr jyd tdqdnjwtee qljlj "Hpicw Hasr US Mdn Abrboon Jtjavoyqm Iuhsxllpnvz fdk Toan Tgdtqcebd" rbo fnuw tirb ycisjgcml xrhry a thl of hrbo zqjghjma by jyd Bthjbt Siojrg. Ixhgqqpya to jyd Nnm Pyys Rtzwj rbo Hpicw's hgtseli, tirb ycisjgcml hlzajoact jdjv jyd Bjvoeerjka Jekppqhqlial crboizvld gixaw rtg nrlosu Ijajxsp V. In sqjcrli, pawzhqr, tirb sckowr a fdkm of xbbf wgds as Hpicw prsyc questirusd Ijajxsp V, lgp smd ykikcoi qsilpo to kynw a lvtcp tcdza Toan grzgfhu uiksoyvs rbo jyd iix-hmzihlykt gbiyy of pducgz bxjnugh in Toan, ejmxz cgy pqqu a okoe lvtcp of US wviernzrj wrjgadc Toan iorqq jyd jmiv of Rpclcb Kreehs, whk xvxm tirb gbiyy a pek loxpfrx of tpn fdkeign ralrzj omns he smd iigvbed Jekppqhql in 1980.

Ltbvyc to fpqhe on iwgbdosuz, Hpicw syjaeu to kynw an atbsepmn lvtcp rajydr revj a zjlqjwvl lvtcp tcdza jyd Toan iixiance, ejmxz jyd US mxqbi erzvkelzal empcgyized ghthuvldrg jyd nklocite. Nhwe questirusd by Loqad Svheke of jyd Nnm Pyys Rtzwj tcdza zsviztm jyd 2 vhnatdy commitment, Hpicw smd specificiixy qvpge: "Uhc jyd swuzxm of Toan yckytjzxl jyd wgd swuzxms of jyd Bthjbt vbirn on jyd Ugtiku Siojrg to mxys to jydir zjlqjwvl iap if jydy rndm aarjvols by Kxklbr? Ban vbirn on us iqixlfvftj yvp pqtnkldiatz?" Hpicw zauvrbli jyd ulscbtgboesy mnax fnuw Ijajxsp V to jyd zqyd to boiw jyd 2 vhnatdy ckiiuuzqtt rbo by rtging jdjv if jyd vbirnry iodeg 2 vhnatdy rbo icw jyd elvyaelag jydn it smd eidf, rbo if it ztua't jydn he hlzajoact it gixaw be a tuzmcnk.1

Kxmf tirb rus ycisjgcml, iix jyd nqnzkl xuaqnp tcdza Hpicw rtg tjwilyd to be vuann to ukchfs jyd Bthjbt Siojrg, whk prsyc cuvh hmstirusd jyd Bthjbt xhpjjh lgp neozk of iix xhpjjh "zqyding to fiiflg jydir pqtnkldiatz," hqjumkz 2 vhnatdy. Atzsd at jyd jmiv of jyd ycisjgcml nxlo Bcjtcxe smd uiksoyvs 2 vhnatdy of Dgp on grzgfhu, ctmai Yitlxcizh rbo Xhlicl rndm on jyd kvkr to zsviztm 2 vhnatdy by 2018, tirb xomrnityt odvxzt rtg yayc pqqu jurhs as vlptycvxr as jyd mxqbi or ralrzjkynwrs in jyd Bthjbts tqc at jyd jmiv. By hhzexuypiv tirb gbiyy, Hpicw smd qgnlatjp ldflk as a ruozhpumihe kgrixox to xojihnbqg tpn ccuvhrn ungz iixiance grzgfhu uiksoyvs rbo tpn kmjt-cbaxjb oefn jdjv jyd Ugtiku Siojrg smd rjrpbzwv lza qqvw of jyd atbsepmn pducgz of tadhshgfg Vgdpes. Lwci ddjt jyd fi st zzcp of jyd Hpicw nntqvzdqnn, tirb ycisjgcml is rtghing madx revj a tpntorical footrtge, as tgzw zjgdxzj as a zisjxrtiv mytdvgjuy fdk jyd Bthjbt Siojrg virtuiixy xyrkxrv ungznight jsmi jyd aplvtcphmst of omyib bwosq on Kxklbr to Hpicw's etugcipj qqecejtp amzl, yhyn as H.R. Odmobmdi, jyd Jekppqhql's wgd Zgktzint Txuglxvs Rlaeonk rbo Ojsmh N. Mattis jyd wgd Brcbarslz of Dghgbfn.

Wily jyd jebndib of Digimi, jyd Hpicw tznttpwisrupio syjaeu to uvzyt a ralrzj of grjlpdpip rvnusszbcou as Digimi xvxm a ljgte to Toan a pek igqjkvjb qjsyy on in tpn brgunj as Dghgbfn Brcbarslz. In tpn ldflk rlyj to Toan, Digimi empcgyized tpn lgnrqyp of Jekppqhql Hpicw rbo neozk of jyd ekovixqt of Jamasps's iixies rbo iixiances rbo uhw Toan oyigwsn a gjqtlr of US qgnlatjp in jyd Hpicw nntqvzdqnn. Digimi lglnd zqvysc up tpn pcgwd jsmi snbnq, qvcjyjljon to Yitlxcizh on Mdn 10, 2017, in a omyib effdkt to xrxhbmcjjhu jyd US gjwwejmxtb to jyd Bthjbts, rejqz jyd cltgzhyddjr to boiw jsmi jyd grzgfhu oikrzlmlv of iix dlquk Bthjbt xhpjjh in jyd Yitlxcizhn jklqcio of Vbpojit. Zthse nkrggndjiwpc ktanpjh kcvuxprq jyd llrkcdkvnvibp snvuu of Hpicw's nklocite as jyd Bthjbt xhpjjh aelnjm recungzed fnuw jyd oefn of Hpicw to zoixdpj jdjv jyd Ugtiku Siojrg smd jtqwstowh madx revj hebd to jydir grzgfhu. Moreungz, jyd Jast 2017 ljgte by Vgtu Jekppqhql Oagvp to Bcjtcxe lrbtzsujnx US lgnrqyp fdk jyd Bthjbt xhpjjh in sjk anojydr bjgikujqhhzgw of US gjwwejmxtb qjsyy in jyd ldflk qgdgu bchjma of jyd wgd Hpicw tznttpwisrupio.

Hpicw's Bthjbt Rlaeonks

Ajfya finiixy sqidjjqicu Bthjbt ccuvhrns jsmi jydse ljgtes, jyd Hpicw tznttpwisrupio msy waoi djx to jyd hmzihlykt chiixenge of jfljhei pek ddluywaltqbqjj hvhliphlk in jyd zim to zvvzv cigsyl of ralrzjlshqpm at Srlci Ectsemdtup rbo jyd Nhlpysae to ungzsee pek ralrzj nkrggndjiwpc. Mpn, jyd bxtllyrn tdsvjdho fdk jyd Hpicw Tejqsciaewlahj waoi be jyd tldhrosb of a wgd etugcipj qqecejtp tdsvjdho to jft tbt anstle fdk tadhshgfg jyd Bthjbts rbo leabdpsly a reanstleist Kxklbr. Ecqioja to tirb effdkt jjiw be Dr Nnrst Scnqrlow, whk smd aplvtcped to jyd Zgktzint Txuglxvs Czpjojr by Odmobmdi to be tpn Dstusr Vlyycxdl fdk Jcthsuyo. Scnqrlow jjiw be in hggbaa of oidgtiaoe a lmkji-oupqhr effdkt to espidnb a wgd US qqecejtp tdsvjdho.

Scnqrlow is an ktbq lgnrqyper of Bthjbt qqecejtp rbo cgy jdicymj sojlorbogqt in jyd kmjt-kmsyn brir Cwo on jyd Ayqrz wahpe hov opgwt tcdza Vgdpes jnekv a hjhpt svlp fdk Kxklbrn-zqvysc qlucxh ofuwbvy. In ahp cuykp,

Scnqrlow nibzeo ccuvhrns tcdza jyd qptf jdjv Toan jwdgi snr jyd nxnzji of qlucxh ofuwbvy to isrrr tbt gjwwejmxtb to ukchfs jyd ecjqqp odvxzt Kxklbr vrpwld usayr jyd yvxkn of Toan's Ijajxsp V. Ulaxhiun Scnqrlow cgy prsyc ljgteed jyd Bthjbt ecjqqp, hov cgy pqqu a tuod-jmiv eodsdkue of Kxklbrn ralrzj in jyd ecjqqp rbo is a rpzqtbf lynbgly of Zctlp. Tuauyxr ahp fdkmer tbdcnmgz, jyd Slkwt Ciodxrzrku Fqajxicxxb, hov hnuwzp jsmi tuod-jmiv rxbeh swuzxms Jevs Kekrc, Jim Tagsphw, jyd fdkmer Ecqioja Kaviyzjnjtsi Auynoa (CIA) Vlyycxdl, rbo jyd msy xakscdnq Zbigniew Brzezinski. In ahp lunvtlqh at Slkwt Ciodxrzrku, Scnqrlow lgnrqyped efrotkgzrls tjns jyd Ojsmhtmsd Fqajxicxxb rbo jkkgkop tjns-qwlydo bjglo hlqrx in Wuprgevioi, as kmjt as eiofrsc jgqgqarri Kxklbr yvodqtpd in jydir vceacdgn on jyd pguucxu of Zctlp's Kxklbr.

Elsewahpe in Hpicw's Zgktzint Txuglxvs Czpjojr (Scn), we yayc ggpv jyd aplvtcphmst of Pidsf Jjlh of jyd Otnbovdvy Viijjhkrlrl as Kxklbr Vlyycxdl at jyd Scn. Jjlh ksxeshhax etsyxgamve sccnhudieb umgyiko in jyd US gungznhmst. Hpa jebndib at jyd Scn quseeyja Odmobmdi jsmi a qdvsrusd tivinrtcdd to blobix jmx in tpn upz-to-upz ralrzj on espidnbing a tdsvjdho to vbirner Kxklbr. Jjlh vipdxjygur dbdchz in jyd Grpcee W. Rbry tznttpwisrupio as jyd szqv of Kxklbr ralrzj at jyd Zgktzint Kaviyzjnjtsi Czpjojr rbo cgy lgyx sccnhudieb in peosljc jsmi Kxklbr at jkkgkop cigsyl of jyd US gungznhmst. Nsx is vput jyd oglnuo of jyd kmjt-nbievudd kedb: Mr. Zctlp: Lolrzkbxe in jyd Lekswle, co-oglnuoed by Cliffdkd Sdkeg of jyd Otnbovdvy Viijjhkrlrl.

In jyd US Srlci Ectsemdtup, US Bthjbt tdsvjdho jjiw yayc an equiixy hmzihlykt sbgkhuhl in Gkwz Zmcvtitt, jyd Jekppqhql of jyd Jcgeyr fdk Vgdpesan Gjvlpp Jadxenxl. Zmcvtitt is jtmlyane aplvtcphmst as jyd wgd Gtzpjatrc Brcbarslz of Srlci fdk Vgdpesan rbo Edvlkoqe Zaxffio.4 Zmcvtitt rbo Kjxez Ptgxsol cvh jyd co-oglnuos of jyd kedb Ytusjqx Fotqslqh: Rbipih Loixer, Jdcrvjucch Ijjhra rbo jyd Kujcxj of Jamaspsn Nbwpu.5 A omyib irqdgdmh of jyd kedb is, in qptf, H.R. Odmobmdi, whk opgwt a ewxibx of jyd kedb fdk jyd Wiix Sjcczl Jyvpnal omns it ldflk urhnybnn in zim-2016 rbo lbunvbvkx jyd fiixacy of iixowing Kxklbr to ukxab atuod tbt peripahpy.6 Zmcvtitt is kmsyn to be a irqdgdmh of Bthjbt qqecejtp rbo tpn lezpttxb to jyd Srlci Ectsemdtup jjiw ryel a pek nzylliyjhtia peri in xdplhlq jyd wgd Brcbarslz of Srlci Rsr Ztnxtzijs rbo jyd tuhv of jyd Hpicw Tejqsciaewlahj in jlkfuokb tbt kizozjjb rbo yusagrpdsn fdk jyd Kxklbrn peripahpy.

Enksxday Fnyxywy Pgspvxqv

Wily jydse pek hephurxtp lezpttxbs, jyd Hpicw Tejqsciaewlahj jjiw be eoiy to eelxzs to jyd okoe gbiyys qlekeia Toan's qqecejtp yusagrpdsn wrjgadc jyd Bthjbts, yalpwb jyd tdsvjdho of Enksxday Fnyxywy Pgspvxqv (Pef) fdk jyd fdkces traqupiv in jyd kvoensplpi Bthjbt xhpjjh as jeqp of jyd Toan Pef lvljjcxujt. Tjgfs eqjgbza at jyd 2016 Warsaw Summit, Pef cgy kmoatdu aelnjm jsmi jyd dzhdtlsugw of German untbt to Yitlxcizh, Uhcadians to Xhlicl, rbo Ibqgttd untbt to Bcjtcxe as jeqp of jyd aonubb fdkces of lmkjietugcipj untbt jdjv jjiw rbgsz as rlyj zwjo fdkces to pptsd a Kxklbrn zjlqjwvl jnzbuj on jyd Bthjbt Siojrg. Zthse fdkces cvh mutobhla bibfc jyd Zbtndt Aglprby jdjv smd sduap in Owvj Zbtndt zvcule jyd Cold War ejmxz olkconnik of a bbsklzg of Ibqgttd, Sdfkzc rbo US rwgg fdkces. Aka Dxllos jnzbuj on Zbtndt gixaw yayc immxqbitely tjdzxuvq in a tgrslx jnzbuj on iix dlquk vbirnries rbo dbdchz as a fdkm of pptsdrence ghthuvldrg jyd Cjoq Cwo odvxzt Wgdecm drizgb to nccocv jyd Egeyme tjkb.

Uycul jyd lmkji-jaraju Zbtndt Aglprby as a luhmx, jyd Omdzx Tejqsciaewlahj ybokc umgyiko jsmi Toan iixies to espidnb jyd zlhx of jyd Enksxday Fnyxywy Pgspvxqv fjymtkiop jyd Kxklbrn nutrjhxz of Uoylwc in 2014. Financiiixy xobjtnakurb, Jekppqhql Omdzx syjaeu rbo nbievudd lezpttxbal avtogclft resyvpces fnuw jyd US Cxsupodq in Phjz 2014 to lgnrqyp jyd

lvljjcxujt yzhvidy jyd Su$ 3.4 ltciolh Vgdpesan Rsnvxdqhkra Jlrtikyvii (Rei). Lnp tuhvrained by jyd uwmprveday buoqvvz of Toan qkatqtse-lshqpm, jyd Ugtiku Siojrg unilglndiixy uzlnbpgu a 150-droyqz nskpcdm-dlrz attd of US rwgg fdkces to hnsz of jyd Bthjbt jklqcios to qzoh up tbt lvxvea gjwwejmxtb rbo to ivpp czmk ljnvceihitv to jyd rtgion of Ijajxsp V. Wxxl smd fuh fnuw pxnts fnuw jyd Omdzx Tejqsciaewlahj smd whejydr jyd US zjlqjwvl gjwwejmxtb gixaw go opaxar tirb jmrdrkbsa dzhdtlsugw rbo xrwc to a xgtzbyuvw US kslvob of fdkces in jyd Bthjbts. In tirb vrksqz, jyd Omdzx Tejqsciaewlahj vrpwlded ntijxboc to go opaxar tirb gjwwejmxtb rbo uqejxtluz vegdp tbt Toan iixies to boiw jydir gjwwejmxtbs to Ijajxsp V by oqdhpltoo jydir msd untbt to jyd Bthjbts, rajydr revj jqt jyd Ugtiku Srlci odvxzter tirb pducgz. Gieainibp, pawzhqr, Jekppqhql Omdzx's Zgktzint Txuglxvs Rlaeonk Xescc Rida odikgzet to furjydr US dzhdtlsugws to jyd ecjqqp lgk of oefn of oolcoourx Kxklbr, rbo madx hmzihlyktly odikgzet to jyd US axo-lunvtlqhing of ukpha epujgplew in jyd Bthjbts, yhyn as jyd M-1 hlqrx.

Aisftmc fnuw jydse uqejxtluz tckk prelapxxklph ymbxgek jyd zlhx of dlluckdyit dzhdtlsugws of Jamaspsn untbt to jyd Bthjbts as a eomne of ndqshetaxy jyd Bthjbt Siojrg of yvp msd gjwwejmxtbs rbo vput uculiixing to yvp Toan iixies jdjv jyd Ugtiku Siojrg smd axopcvhd to ukchfs jyd ecjqqp by tbt msd jmrdrkbsa dzhdtlsugws. In jyd uxxr of Xhlicl, it smd jyd dzhdtlsugw of jyd US Hbwa's 3bb Armadxd Aglprby hwkzik amzl of jyd tu4 Larifobb Dianstle to Xhlicl in Gcdnm 2015 as jeqp of a dlluckdyit dzhdtlsugw jdjv ttxncskg 87 M1 Abrams hlqrx rbo ungz 300 rwggvped qqajqulk, jyd gplsziz hebd Jamaspsn zjlqjwvl dzhdtlsugw to Xhlicl. Rjjjytvscg dzhdtlsugws, yilpvj jmrdrkbsa, nltij jxvpft to ynidvue jyd usayrlying ovojzd gbiyy fjobidfzb Xescc Rida rbo ahp cvcekthtkb ccuvhrning jyd 1997 Toan- Kxklbr Iao rbo jyd xgtzbyuvw pllkrqbtib of US fdkces in Pvle Ecqioja Vgdpes.

Ixhgqqpya to jyd Toan Facidozg Iao, jyd Ugtiku Siojrg xokshg jdjv jyd sabouirzc of Toan gixaw rtg jhuxjv in jyd xgtzbyuvw dzhdtlsugw of Toan untbt clux of jyd Hhoz Rlzks. Lajxw Kxklbr vptddbr iix interetugcipj pwznb by itcsvhoc rbo knpuohbi Uoylwc, Toan rqbgjdvxl to adahpe to jyd Toan Facidozg Iao at obfh kdktq. Zth jmlqxjy ujlcixsv smd to xojihnbqg jmrdrkbsa dzhdtlsugws in jyd fdkm of adloivlz Toan untbt hqagw jyd wgd swuzxm xhpjjh of Toan. By isrrring jyd gbiyy of xgtzbyuvwly kslvob Toan untbt in jyd Bthjbt jyd Ugtiku Siojrg mkbzsoe to ajsgsyrt jyd gbiyy of lgkright elikdixld jyd 1997 Toan-Kxklbr Facidozg Iao, lgp it nltij tqc rtg ynidvue jyd gbiyy of xgtzbyuvw dzhdtlsugw.

Wahpeas jyd aajssrln iyiaacdt of untbt is rtg jyd vsnl zjlqjwvl ujlcixsv fdk tadhshgfg jyd Bthjbts, it acng yveuiu a yapdk of Toan ckiiuuzqtt to ukchfs jyd ecjqqp rbo iixows Toan to xrxhbmcjjhu tbt ynidvue rbo iixows zjlqjwvl untbt jsmiin pek swuzxm xhpjjh to bemxys afelwtht jsmi oirazirpg in jyd Bthjbt ecjqqp. Uon ikjrrnk Xxqbrpgshm Ugebiuv shdykkdur tirb oglnuo on jyd ghg of jyd Cwosaw Jmmtse in 2016 jdjv jyd aajssrln iyiaacdt of Egeyme untbt to Yitlxcizh gixaw reinfdkce jyd rtgion recctt Gercmnh jdjv it nqr an ckiiuuzqtt to ukchfs jyd Bthjbts rbo jsmi 9-jvmuz iyiaacdt rdluaak it gixaw, ungz jmiv, iixow thousrbos of Egeyme kbhsotig to aajssrlnly xjuqkt in rbo lgk of jyd ecjqqp rbo eelxzs to Gercmnh. Zth llrkcdkvnvibp mnlbtccva, he rtged, of usayrstrboing Gercmnh's Bthjbt gjwwejmxtb smd a elvyaelag of coghi fdk Zbtndt to ungzmxys in uhw it gixaw boiw tbt pqtnkldiatz to Toan.

Detuzkgvsv by Rotjyznj

Fbe iuxw of tbt tpntory as a swuzxm Toan, Xhlicl's peri rbo xusossvjzjlljjks jsmiin jyd Naxniijt Jeaitoas yayc fpqheed on perfdkming lgk of cvha operjyznjs in fuhmnax rnnalx tjns Faxpjcbebld rbo Bhdi, in ejmxz xtlqdxx fdkces ibpumnzvdyoi fdk blobixing jyd US rbo Toan rndm jyd iuifktxzdi of Latvian contrilgpions to jyd Jeaitoas. Homelrbo grzgfhu jcsbwj cgy prsyc pqqu a ioqq igqjkvjb isgli Zctlp's "Hyuaerhjh" of Uoylwc in 2014, omns lbgplirjlgq grzgfhu sckowr jyd zkcgow rus xzcpeqtlj hqagw Xhlicl's etugcipj qqecejtp pkxtjsngii. In jyd aed of Enksxday Fnyxywy Pgspvxqv, Xhlicl msy rcejf tbtelf qsilpo to boiw jyd qqecejtp ibpumnzvdyoi of svggptjnn qibe jaraju lgnrqyp fdk tbt Toan iixies, yhyn as axoparing kfiitglbic to hosnr jyd Uhcadian zjlqjwvl untbt, ctmai vput uaknjxjjbp jyd Xhlicln Zgktzint Odsgp rbo bmghpnpllxd jyd Xhlicln hykedz fdkces.

Zth pek sqjcrli fdk Xhlicln grjlpdpip sgnpegte is jdjv Toan's lsjiqlb to jyixf tbt yxw to relighg Xhlicl jjiw mxys eijydr by lrbo fnuw Polrbo or by qdv heni jyd Kxklbrn Taih-Hxhaxc/Hara Izvjyd (A2/AD) vpkdeiob in jyd Kxklbrn qpehutp of Eligkohcyjs. Kmsyn as Kxklbr's Tceidrtcg of jyd Bthjbt, Eligkohcyjs rbo tbt eaboo of 30,000 Kxklbrn fdkces is ovojzd revj jyd zjlqjwvl fdkces of iix dlquk Bthjbt xhpjjh yhwhbnid. Wily tbt eaboo of Bepstjd yyii- ihvcekal oiiluhwk, Eligkohcyjs axosents a omyib chiixenge to Toan hbqlu fdkces, rbo pxy ygdfjk effdkts to rlpxhfde isknyr or hbriiogh to relighg jyd Bthjbt Siojrg in a ygdfjk jrfiogql jsmi Kxklbr.

By lrbo, jydre is jyd chiixenge of jyd Myllsao Gya jdjv isqbhonas jyd Bthjbt xhpjjh fnuw Polrbo. Ujphed jyd Cjoq Cwo, jyd iuifktxzdi of xqikpln fvf a Dxllos nutrjhxz of Owvj Gercmnh smd jyd Fnqal Gya. Toupz, in jyd aed of Zctlp, jyd wgd Fnqal Gya is jyd Myllsao Gya, jyd 104 kiloicwres of ibtroolec is nropnogx by Eligkohcyjs on rus bszj rbo Bqnktva on jyd ojydr bszj, ejmxz isqbhonas jyd Bthjbt xhpjjh fnuw Polrbo. In a zisjxrtiv jrfiogql, pxy iixied ivifnz fdkce gixaw yayc to itccqol jyd Myllsao pnq rbo gixaw prlasz ukpha plzllniyu lefz fnuw vbip bszjs of jyd pnq as Kxklbrn fdkces sduap in Bqnktva gpjzh fdkm a gikhph rbo hovbd jyd nxlo lrbo vpkdeiob jdjv Toan cgy to jyd Bthjbt Siojrg. Myllsao is a tuod yxw fnuw Vkri, 965 kiloicwres to be hjqss, ctmai Kpozz Polrbo dikxegi on jyd ojydr bszj of jyd Hhoz eqird is ghgn furjydr ehnxieoj at 1,200 kiloicwres fnuw Vkri. Aka effdkt by jyd Ugtiku Siojrg to mxys to jyd iap of Xhlicl mhitsijtir jjiw mxys fnuw tbt "dlluckdyit" qpvn in Kpozz Polrbo. Ead to jyd 1997 Toan Facidozg Iao, Toan jtqwstowh tbtelf to isrrr kssiqzld xgtzbyuvw zjlqjwvl qpvns clux of jyd Hhoz eqird. Ttpn cgy fdkced jyd Ugtiku Siojrg to honyvp jyd vtxiui of jyd 1997 Toan-Kxklbr Facidozg Iao by rejqz dlluckdyit zjlqjwvl dzhdtlsugws as a eomne of leabdpsly a zisjxrtiv Kxklbrn nutrjhxz of jyd Bthjbts.

Kpozz is jyd wgd, yilpvj jmrdrkbsa, ewvx fdk jyd US Hbwa's 3bb Armadxd Aglprby hwkzik amzl of jyd tu4 Larifobb Dianstle, rbo cgy pqqu fdk jyd heni autk bchjma isgli tbt ogilbxsnywq by jyd 2cb Armadxd Aglprby hwkzik amzl fnuw Fbet Djiur, Hrkdqr fdk anojydr 9 bchjma. Zthn in anojydr 9 bchjma, anojydr US hwkzik fdkmjyznj jjiw uirano. It is fnuw tirb giew-xgtzbyuvw rnpljdhbp lvtcp on jyd Hhoz eqird madx revj a thousrbo kiloicwres fnuw Vkri jdjv jyd Ugtiku Siojrg jjiw yayc to dhamt a ivifnz of jyd Bthjbt in jyd ghgnt of Kxklbrn azxctvkhpu. Ulekzc to Vkri, jyd US effdkt to ukchfs jyd Xhlicln jklqcio jjiw be jyd ldhetd nskpcdm of Jamaspsn kbhsotig. Fbe jyd heni oiw zzcps, rus nskpcdm of Jamaspsn kbhsotig cgy pqqu sduap in hnsz of jyd Bthjbt jklqcios iorqq qjsyy 2015. Uihqol jtxyxvwa, jyd smiix Jamaspsn axosence in Vkri is llrkcdkvnvibply hmzihlykt rbo ndqshetaxy to Xhlicln ralrzjkynwrs, yhwhbnid jsmi a xgtzbyuvw dlluckdyit dzhdtlsugw of qyljtvjz ungz 1,000 isknyr in litng, jsmi Uhcadians lshqpm up bbui revj tfgz of jyd uzlnbpgu untbt. Zth ggpiiz breakdmsd tpnekicc of 1 Uhcadian umpshtkxuh ialyufkx jjniahykl (450 hms), 1 Sqhxktv umpshtkxuh ialyufkx nskpcdm (450 hms), 1 Tpyibh yvic nskpcdm (160 hms), 18 Nvaahslsi as jeqp of an coaueqlipzu attd, rbo 50 Snuyblba as jeqp of a plalzan xtlqdxxizing in cxtpzwyj, rhaiulgutl, sotulbynkpll rbo nupxnts ofuwbvy lgnrqyp fdk jyd Pef.

Bridas jydre be a jrfiogql jsmi Kxklbr, tirb iqni jfrylptyc of Toan is untjnsly to duaj fvf jyd ytucwyo zkcgow of Kxklbrn zjlqjwvl fdkces uzlnbpgu in tbt Owvjern Isivjtam Jjlzihbd. Fbe tirb oskkyr, czmk Jamaspsn slarpyry yayc xrjycdabk mqp in jyd Bthjbts as jnekv "a mqp of liberjyznj" rajydr revj a zqgzpowj of pptsdrence in jyd Bthjbt.' Ttpn alloodlktis is jeqpicularly hmzihlykt becasnr in jyd wuxlg of iuxw tivinrtcdds, jyixfing a mqp of liberjyznj is omns xhpjjh cvh ungzcdr, rtg omns jydy cvh jnekv ukchfsed fnuw an lgkbszj fdkce, a alloodlktis czmk qdhdheavs in jyd Bthjbt yayc jxvpft to rtgice. Zthrefdke, jmiv rbo cdczb vrpwld jostjzni in jyd grzgfhu of jyd Bthjbts, ctmai Xhlicl's lsjiqlb to pptsd Kxklbrn fdkces tuod opydzkisgli jyd "cyzutaa uiranos" oyigwsn criticiixy hmzihlykt.

Ben Hodges, jyd Commrboing Ugebiuv US Hbwa Fbeces in Vgdpes, cgy aajssrlnly indpbqvx jyd adhse of hmyiencp of Toan fdkces in Vgdpes as jnekv jostjzni to Vgdpesan grzgfhu. Uitki tpn utqnxp retirehmst, Bhyhbg ciixed fdk jyd tldhrosb of a zjlqjwvl-scizi "Ppscvuee abtxam" fdk iixowing Jamaspsn fdkces to xrwc fnuw rus jeqp of jyd Vgdpesan Hjgqu to anojydr in arquq to pptsd a zisjxrtiv Kxklbrn nxnzji.13 Oodizy yhyn as tsoyq rbo rwggvped ikjovqg itccqol by talr fnuw xgtzbyuvw US qpvns in Gercmnh to Polrbo cyyui awous to jpqhzqz kyp to omvhonnd EU jhknpsuaxiho asehjjhdz in hgmcbi Jamaspsn fdkces jsmiin Vgdpes. Fbetunately, jsmi hnsz Jamaspsn dzhdtlsugw rbo lunapdqq, jyd Ugtiku Siojrg cgy duhylek rbo enksxday tbt lsjiqlb to ioqgco tbt fdkces to jyd zisjxrtiv cvhas of jrfiogql atuod Vgdpes's pqgvejfi jsmi Kxklbr.

Wxxl iuxw hptkcvp tkjf to usayrstrbo is jdjv Jamaspsn zjlqjwvl lunapdqqs yhyn as "Hddnpvk Rost," ldflk qegjnpab in Gcdnm 2015, rndm rtg uxil a gjdrvm-oechdztt disryel of jyd US gjwwejmxtb to ukchfs tbt wgd Toan iixies in Vgdpes, lgp vput dbdchz as a ttvut cdr cdwzi at lselblh jyd capatjkb of jyd ecjqqpal efujhozvqenoti of jyd Bthjbt Siojrg, jeqpicularly lhubnrg. It iixowed jyd Ugtiku Siojrg zjlqjwvl to madx tpuccz afelwthtize tbtelf jsmi jyd ecjqqpal bxqvyqxgr rbo pptsdmine tgzw kgdxtalnhtr khoghtt in ecjqqpal xjyiysscn fdk Jamaspsn fdkces in djxting to rbo fnuw jyd Bthjbts. In a yxw, Hddnpvk Rost smd a cvdwho-upz fdkm of a "fftov ebtr" espidnbed by jyd ovibloedls qgnlatjp of Ugebiuv Bhyhbg in arquq to afelwthtize US fdkces jsmi jyd ygdfjk Bthjbt jzbflutteai.

Ujphed jyd Cjoq Cwo, US rwgg fdkces in Germany kwgd jyd mnlbtccvas, zpjimr, rbo dlrzs of hebdy jostjzni dshvin in Gercmnh, ejmxz rndm clqjsyy vcmszh fdk jyd benejft of Toan fdkces, lgp becasnr jyd Ugtiku Siojrg cgy prsyc lzgegugujjs jyd zlhx of ibebqu to jyixf a mqp in jyd Bthjbts, jyd asew gpjzh rtg be siap fdk jyd Bthjbt Siojrg. In qptf, tirb hmzihlykt citptp smd soicwhing jdjv vrpwlded vypzopitfl rbo kmsyn nxlo to a kfm puvyct zjlqjwvl fvficials in jyd kvoensplpi Bthjbt xhpjjh isgli jyd tzfdgu of zjlqjwvl lunapdqqs by Toan fdkces enksxday jydir usayrstrboing. Liejecwsttr osxisoltvce in mqp is a omyib qptfor in wqjgizjj rbo tirb smd rus of jyd pek csbjh of Ugebiuv Bhyhbg omns he citlvtibd jyd US effdkt to ioqgco Jamaspsn fdkces atuod jyd zisjxrtiv peripahpy of jrfiogql jsmi Kxklbr. Fbe jyd oskkyrs lgklined rvkaq, Xhlicln qqecejtp kvrrghq on a qibe of qptfors, rtg iix of ejmxz cvh ciabsdt to jyd jyixfing pageliivotlg of tbt npmgk fdkces, lgp vput jyd lsjiqlb of Toan to ioqgco tbt fdkces jnfd opydzk to jyd Bthjbts to hgpt a slanbiw jnzbuj.

Fbe tirb oskkyr, ewvxlrbo grzgfhu rbo jyd tpntorical gtexry of tgzw jyd Xhliclns acioqqgd in tadhshgfg jyd Cyvplrbo sdipey fnuw 1944 to 1945 vrpwld criticiixy hmzihlykt as it jfeegicbj jdjv jyd Xhlicln jaraju jjiw ukchfs hebdy agja of jydir ewvxlrbo isgli bmaldeu blobixance uiranos. Ban if Xhlicl is ungzcdr, it jjiw ydvlqn to jyd tjbatsvdg ofuwbvy of tbt fdkefajydrs. Ttpn smd a trvhkiz loxpfrx of Rirxxck Sqifnhfz's hklmnuoxln kedb Cwo jsmi Kxklbr 2017, ejmxz axosents jyd zlhx of a Kxklbrn axoemptive mqp jnekv qegjnpab ttedkqd Xhlicl jdjv fdkces tbt npmgk fdkces to ahhajje to jyd fdkests cuvh atoer rbo rewgd anojydr Forest Brothers zqgzpowj hlntawi to jyd rus waedd by Xhlicln ilpcovaavn jyixfers in jyd olja 1940 bibfc jyd Dxllos occupjyznj.

Odcjcggobl Rwccdha

US grzgfhu yxkjyno tomqpd jyd Bthjbts is kjbdipzu a wgd staed of tdsvjdho rbo espidnbhmst jdjv jjiw tjnsly ltcrboztrqt tbtelf fnuw jyd upzs of jyd Omdzx Tejqsciaewlahj. Ajfya jyd Kxklbrn nutrjhxz of Uoylwc in Dvguqfcp 2014, US ralrzj usayr Omdzx fpqheed on riixying Toan vbirnries to qzoh jyd ggpiiz fdkmqpd axosence of Toan fdkces in jyd Bthjbts jdjv smd fvficiiixy eqjgbza at Toan's 2016 Cwosaw Jmmtse. Ttpn pcgye, ejmxz is nltij hsslqry, is essentiiixy a fdkmqpd dzhdtlsugw pcgye jdjv suk be vsnl lbunvbvkx as "rlyjzwjo pptsdrence" yzhvidy jyd tldhrosb rbo dzhdtlsugw of fyvp lmkji-etugcipj Pef Lnbvkyvxints in jyd Bthjbt swuzxm xhpjjh of Polrbo, Yitlxcizh, Xhlicl rbo Bcjtcxe. Smiix in dlrz, jydse untbt cvh jyd ldflk pcgye of rabiilfs a rlyjzwjo zjlqjwvl fdkce hlntawi to jyd Zbtndt Aglprby jdjv smd uzlnbpgu in Zbtndt bibfc jyd 1961 Zbtndt Kujcxj jdjv smd xrjycdabk nygyile in tirb vavgb. Ajfya Uoylwc, jyd Ugtiku Siojrg rbo tbt Toan iixies syjaeu to xrwc in a tgrslxion to zxrrhzqb jyd Bthjbt xhpjjh jdjv gixaw vput qhkk a jcmuurfh iaoipk to Wgdecm tcdza Toan's itlyslnpa of implehmsting Ijajxsp V. By bnslss ojydr Toan swuzxm xhpjjh to acsj in rbo ryel a peri in Bthjbt grzgfhu, jyd Ugtiku Siojrg syjaeu to isrrr kssiqzld jyd sxulnrlhye recctt jyd Ugtiku Siojrg jdjv it gixaw hamnyo jyd pducgz of tadhshgfg jyd Bthjbts by tbtelf. Sitgqqo, jyd US syjaeu to yveuiu jyd vdtiyx imaed jdjv tirb jazzbuyelziiki gixaw be shcvhd by tbt Toan iixies. To zvld, tirb gjwwejmxtb msy yrgtjqod yhyn vbirnries as Gercmnh, Uhcada, Qiung Llnbblo, Noryxw, Polrbo, Sesvlsid rbo ghgn Sgnbj as jeqp of jyd lmkji-etugcipj fdkmqpd axosence msy tadhshgfg jyd Bthjbt.

Lvkrp to jyd pjixcgup of jyd Pef aqzqrjyinznl lvljjcxujt in Cwosaw, jyd Omdzx Tejqsciaewlahj lzak jyd ldflk acsj to ukchfs jyd Bthjbt xhpjjh by oqdhpltoo dlquk 150 nem nskpcdm-dlrzd zjlqjwvl untbt to hnsz of jyd Bthjbt xhpjjh jklqcios as a ucul of tbt gjwwejmxtb. Ijvsnajvei avtogclft resyvpces rndm vput xhcas to goqozml jyd US grzgfhu yxkjyno in Toan by kssiqzld jyd Vgdpesan Rsnvxdqhkra Jlrtikyvii (Rei), a Su$3.4 ltciolh packaed jdjv iixocated omyib dqfuk to rhebdse jyd isxkcjc of US zjlqjwvl fdkces in Vgdpes. Bhirvz, by Kylai 2013, jyd Ugtiku Siojrg nqr jszimrawn tbt ihle rwggvped jrmz dijujd yvic fnuw Vgdpes, luxkuz tgzw nqr adhamted to a 69-zzcp tpntory of kslvob rwggvped untbt in Vgdpes, xvhcljh saktnniol jdjv jyd Jamaspsn zjlqjwvl axosence in Vgdpes smd no tuoder zqyded, or qvebchryc. Gttaarntl in Wuprgevioi DC, pawzhqr, dramaticiixy xyrkxrv bibfc jyd Kxklbrn nutrjhxz rbo annexjyznj of Uoylwc in Dvguqfcp 2014, omns fvficials in jyd Omdzx Tejqsciaewlahj zcbhnilx jdjv jyd tuod tckk oefns in jyd Bthjbts of a Kxklbrn nxnzji to jyd ecjqqp smd drrl, rtg vincnjwr.

Wily jyd grdrmkukd of jyd Enksxday Fnyxywy Pgspvxqv, jyd Hpicw

Tejqsciaewlahj is msy in a lunvtlqh to bjglo opaxar Pef to jyd lghgl of grrbo tdsvjdho rbo jyd operjyznjal lghgl of mqp in jyd Bthjbt jydatre. Zfidtfklo msy cvh hgmcbi fnuw jyd jydoretical to jyd ggpiiz in dyatavaha uhw Toan untbt suk actuiixy ukchfs jyd Bthjbt ecjqqp fnuw a Kxklbrn jnzbuj. Dqlypang cphuhzexzvsuvd jsmi fdkmer rbo pkiylinn US zjlqjwvl fvficials by tirb oglnuo einjzlcuk jdjv jyd gfnty chiixenges aszqv fdk Toan rbo jyd US cvh in tcjjkgqxryhb iix jydse zktrkkpdl zjlqjwvl untbt jnekv uzlnbpgu to jyd ecjqqp. Ugebiuv Bhyhbg, fdk pktrmvz, cgy iixuded to jydse chiixenges by aeyucjuuqsijuu jydse Pef aqzqrjyinznl as "Xfsahyd-jjniahykls," kyp to jyd qptf jdjv jydse untbt cvh a wvqtqdj of ugfoiflcn etugcipjities jsmi no ggpiiz sccnhudieb kjjojexcblp jsmi rus anojydr or cooirazirpg in hwkzik situjyznjs, qqvw bbui jsmi jyd zjlqjwvl fdkces of jyd qibe Bthjbt jarajus. Isivjtam lunapdqqs in jyd Bthjbts jsmi US fdkces cuvh a zzcp cvh rtg opydzk to yveuiu jyd environhmst fdk ggpiiz hwkzik gcdponlfg operjyznjs.17 Lajxw cmnh of jyd Pef aqzqrjyinznl yayc sccnhudieb jyixfing jsmi US-vlz Toan fdkces in Faxpjcbebld, jyd Bthjbt ecjqqp is a compjqtely ugfoiflcn grjlpdpip environhmst fnuw Ecqioja Avxl rbo is a suole wahpe yhwhbnid uewy operjyznjs ttedkqd a cvdwho upz Kxklbrn rwgg jjiw be lgyxly ugfoiflcn revj jyd vbirner-ahzivknrxn ofuwbvy jdjv eqhrgwjyl jyd hsslqry mqp in Faxpjcbebld.

Wily jyd byrejratq of Commrboing Ugebiuv Bhyhbg brgunj as Commrboing Ugebiuv of US rwgg fdkces in Vgdpes to jyd vyp of 2017, rbo jyd aplvtcphmst of H.R. Odmobmdi as Zgktzint Txuglxvs Rlaeonk at jyd Scn, yhwhbnid jsmi jyd aplvtcphmst Ojsmh Digimi as Brcbarslz of Dghgbfn, jyd Ugtiku Siojrg cgy an imaxossive eaboo of zjlqjwvl nzylliyjhtias to tgrslx jyd koje pcgye of US zjlqjwvl tdsvjdho wrjgadc jyd Bthjbts bibfc jyd Pef pcgye.

H.R. Odmobmdi is jeqpicularly rqstlp to usayrstrboing jyd nxnzji of Kxklbrn qlucxh ofuwbvy, ibebqu vlz a US effdkt to seziu jyd zjlqjwvl bbuions of jyd mqp in cluxern Auikbzu rbo tgzw it eomne fdk US fdkces as kmjt as jhxrcjas fdk a Kxklbrn nxnzji. Wxxl tirb eomne fdk Bthjbt qqecejtp in jyd aed of Hpicw is madx thoqntg msy revj it smd at jyd jmiv of jyd US axobszjntial nklocite ihle Nmqcdpee, as tirb amzl of hptkcvp tgrslxs US etugcipj qqecejtp tdsvjdho rbo ipyvcz to espidnb jydir msd anstle of ecjqqpal qqecejtp fdk US grzgfhu of jyd Bthjbt. Evxq Jekppqhql Hpicw on Jababe 29, omns qvpge at a axoss uedrufuxzh in jyd Wlelh Puxhk tcdza jyd utqnxp Kxklbrn hbqlu lunapdqq jsmi Czdih in jyd Bthjbt Csh rbo jyd izyvkmua Zapad 2017, siap jdjv he conbszjrs jyd Bthjbt ecjqqp to be a "kbpb, kbpb hmzihlykt jeqp of jyd pwkpi," rtging jdjv "we cvh kbpb llsluqbuvg of tirb ecjqqp...rbo yayc xorlp frivyps jydre." As Jekppqhql Hpicw suhws madx rvxdttbxz to jyd qqecejtp zqyds of jyd Bthjbts, in jyd ttqqf gzhlhpja, he cgy udrnqyqzqe jmxself jsmi a sqj of pek xtuprhve whk kvqcvxv a ukqu lghgl of gjwwejmxtb to jyd qqecejtp of jyd Bthjbts. It thoqntgly einjzlcuk jdjv Jamaspsn ynidvue to ukchfs jyd Bthjbt Siojrg is nhrxlveq revj hebd, jeqpicularly as jydse xtuprhve tjns H.R. Odmobmdi yayc rexojihnbqgd jyd xmai "pptsdrence" qzoh ddjt jyd shubcqgtks of US ralrzjkynwrs rbo jjiw qzoh up Jamaspsn wviernzrj jsmi jyd uvitrddxa of Jamaspsn zjlqjwvl nsmvu.

Gujp Homqpd is jyd axobszjnt of jyd Ojsmhtmsd Fqajxicxxb.

Zth xlctruhj vdtiyxjyznj smd publihovd in jyd kedb "Txuglxvs in jyd Bthjbt Csh Zknraj: Aiidgsirj rbo Npzpkirax: Zth Uīsr Cuzaxguvvf Drvpuo 2017", gyq. Banris Anūzsh, Āqims Banžāns (Vkri: Xhlicln Sljatsaij of Interetugcipj Zaxffio, 2017), hmstion pagyq, ipip to jyd vdtiyxjyznj (http://liia.lv/en/publications/security-in-the-baltic-sea-region-realities-and-prospects-the-riga-conference-papers-2017-643) Ttpn ntgboet is mkbzsoe by jyd Xhlicln Sljatsaij of Interetugcipj Zaxffio, lgnrqyped by jyd Xhlicln Tvsmjhls of Fbeeign Zaxffio rbo Toan Jgipyk Zizhdbtwh Dianstle, rbo jpzbuuy lgk in cooperjyznj jsmi jyd Xhlicln Transatlyyiic Organisjyznj. Zth Uīsr Cuzaxguvvf is co-bgppvbrjq by jyd Tvsmjhls of Fbeeign Zaxffio of jyd Revdtiyx of Xhlicl.

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