Willingness to defend the country in the Baltic states: implications for national security and NATO’s collective defence
Societal resilience is a fundament of any state defence and national security system. If inhabitants are not willing to defend their own country, it makes the task for state authorities more difficult. Such vulnerabilities are sought and used by other states.
The study, co-financed by NATO, approaches this issue with a review of the theoretical assumptions on willingness to defend/fight, the role of the societal resilience in NATO policy, as well as the Baltic situation in retrospective and perspective. Based on that, recommendations for the Baltic states and the Alliance are put forth.
The study will be published as an e-publication at the end of 2021.
The study at Rīga Stradiņš University (RSU) is conducted by Māris Andžāns, Mārtiņš Vargulis and Aleksandra Palkova in cooperation with scientists from the Vilnius University, the International Centre for Defence and Security in Tallinn, as well as at the University of St. Thomas in Houston.