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Bilde: Operation Dragoon Ride Day 4 (U.S. Army Europe Images/ CC BY 2.0).
In March, a US Army convoy rolled 1,100 miles across six countries in Europe in an operation dubbed “Dragoon Ride.” Dragoon Ride was a compelling bit of showmanship for a world rocked by the crisis in Ukraine. But according to an article I newly wrote for Foreign Affairs, the operation also demonstrates the shortcomings in US and NATO commitments to European security, and offers a glimpse into how the conflict in Ukraine has forced NATO to reexamine its purpose and future. This article analyzed how Dragoon Ride fits into NATO’s public relations “pivot” since the onset of the Ukraine crisis and the pitfalls of NATO’s “reassurance” strategy. I argue that it makes no difference if countries such as Poland or Estonia think the reassurance initiatives go far enough; if Putin thinks they don’t, then he could respond through a dangerous miscalculation about where NATO’s red lines truly lie. Therefore, I argue that Dragoon Ride underscores how NATO should reorient its strategy from reassurance to deterrence to effectively address Russia’s renewed aggression in Eastern Europe. This article encapsulates the most important elements of the debates in Washington, Brussels, and capitols across the Alliance about how NATO should address the Ukraine crisis and what operations such as Dragoon Ride mean for the future of the Alliance.
Read the article here!
Robbie Gramer er Assistant Director ved Transatlantic Security Initiative, Atlantic Council of the United States, i USA.