Russia, Iran, Judo Diplomacy, and Ballistic Missile Defense
12:35 PM, Dec 27, 2013 • By JONATHAN BERGNER
The good news is that so far the administration has said they have no intention of deviating from the planned deployment of the EPAA through Phase III (though the cancellation of the SM-3 IIB concept currently leaves Phase IV in limbo, it was the prudent thing to do). But pressure from Russia will continue to increase. The last two weeks has seen a veritable blitz of statements from Moscow about BMD’s destabilizing tendency, and a discussion of deployment of Iskander nuclear missiles in the country's western-most region of Kaliningrad. Expect this to continue and for traditional opponents of BMD to pile on.
We should not allow the security of our troops and allies to fall victim to judo diplomacy.
Jonathan Bergner is an independent national security policy analyst.
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