One year after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, it is hard to overstate how this war has reshaped the power configurations in Europe and further shook the foundations of the so-called rules-based international order. In Europe, the center of gravity of the regional security system is moving eastward, with Eastern European countries coming to play a bigger role in neutralizing the military threat emanating from Russia. Poland and Baltic countries’ longstanding warnings about Moscow’s imperial ambitions over the post-Soviet space have been vindicated and now, these countries together with Ukraine stand taller to shape the future of the European order. Sweden and Finland’s potential membership in NATO will further solidify the institution’s eastern flank, sharpening geopolitical fault lines in Eastern Europe.
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