NATO’s Russian border

Naomi O’Leary embedded with the Estonian Defence League as it trained on the Russian border. The Baltic States were rattled by the sense of a shift in the world order following the election of US President Donald Trump, who repeatedly praised Russia’s Vladimir Putin and undermined NATO. The EDL militia is made up of volunteers: students, waitresses, people working in sales. They aren’t sitting around quaking in fear of a Russian invasion, but they spend their weekends training in guerilla warfare, just in case.

This reporting resulted in a long read for the Huffington Post’s WorldPost, an article about the border city of Narva for the Irish Times, and a report for RTE Radio 1’s World Report.

O’Leary also wrote about the importance of Estonia’s experience in cyber security for the Centre for International Governance Innovation.

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