Despite the naysayers, allies — both old and new — are our greatest advantage today regarding our competition with China and Russia.
A good friend of mine, George Kent, is our new Ambassador to Estonia. It's a dream assignment for all the reasons you mentioned and more.
...please be careful of what you eat & drink 😳...
Was just in Vilnius last week; hadn't been there in 22 years. I can concur how European/non-Russian it felt 22 years ago and how far it has come since then.
It's good to be reminded of strong alliances in this time of fractions and conflict. It's been interesting and heartening to watch the Baltic states this past year---reminding everyone else "we told you so" about the dangers of Russia, supporting Ukraine in so many significant ways, and providing strong leadership. Hope to visit Tallinn someday!
Russia and China lack real allies? That’s not completely clear to me.