Events unfolding in Ukraine starting with early spring of 2014 are teaching us several important lessons, significant for different types of target groups/ audiences. First of all, an obviously not at all comfortable lesson directly connected to major risks and threats generated for NATO by both severe analytical plus political errors and what we usually call ‘wishful thinking’. Another lesson is that deterrence still is, even if implemented by using limited means, a very potent military and, above all, political and /or strategic tool. A third major lesson is one connected in several ways to various popular reactions generated by the Russian open – or almost open – aggression in the Eastern Ukraine. The ability of both the average citizen and the senior policy-maker in the Western world to learn as much as possible from all these lessons is vital, we think, for the long-term dynamics and effectiveness of NATO.
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