Tipping the Scales: Why Central Europe Matters to the United States

Does Central Europe still matter to the United States? Twenty years ago, the answer to this question was obvious. For Cold War-era U.S. policymakers, the region stretching from the Baltic to the Black Sea – sometimes known as Eastern or East-Central Europe – was among the militarily and geopolitically most important places on earth – the one region where the next world war seemed most likely to begin.

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