Julian Pawlak is a research associate at the Helmut Schmidt University/University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg and the German Institute for Defence and Strategic Studies (GIDS). His research covers NATO’s Northern Flank and the Baltic Sea region, and can be read, inter alia, in his recently co-edited volume From the North Atlantic to the South China Sea. Allied Maritime Strategy in the 21st Century. You can reach Julian via @jupawlak on twitter.
With a new government, Germany could change its overall stance on strategic military deployments. The need for greater security and NATO’s protection in the Baltics could give it the perfect opportunity.