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Podcast: Countdown To Warsaw

Paratroopers jump from a C-130 Hercules plane during NATO allies' Anakonda 16 exercise in June.

At NATO's last summit in Wales, the alliance was in emergency mode. Next week in Warsaw, it will be putting the pieces in place to contain and deter an increasingly revanchist Russia.

Top items on the agenda at the Warsaw summit include beefing up troop presence in the Baltics, Poland, and Romania; intensified cooperation with nonmembers Sweden and Finland; cyberwarfare; and a renewed focus on the Black Sea.

Alliance officials describe next week's summit in the Polish capital as a landmark event that will be making decisions that should resonate for decades.

So what should we expect?

On this week's Power Vertical Podcast, we look ahead to next week's summit in the Polish capital. Joining me are co-host Mark Galeotti, a senior research fellow at the Czech Institute of International Relations and author of the blog In Moscow's Shadows, and Andreas Umland, a senior research fellow at the Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation in Kyiv.


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PROGRAMMING NOTE: The Power Vertical Podcast will not appear next week, as I will be attending the NATO summit. The Podcast will return on July 15, with a special on-the-road program from Tartu, Estonia.

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The Power Vertical is a blog written especially for Russia wonks and obsessive Kremlin watchers by Brian Whitmore. It offers Brian's personal take on emerging and developing trends in Russian politics, shining a spotlight on the high-stakes power struggles, machinations, and clashing interests that shape Kremlin policy today. Check out The Power Vertical Facebook page or


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