The Eurasian Crisis
NATO was effectively established in 1949 as a system of collective defense of its member states against an external aggressor, at that time, being the Soviet Union. This mandate continues into the present and must address the threat of the Russian Federation occupation of previously independent Eurasian states. On March 21, Putin annexed Crimea, which previously had been under Ukrainian control. Russia posses a threat to Moldova’s separatist Transdniestria region as well, with a large Russian force on Ukraine’s eastern border. Such threats demand action and it is NATO’s duty to preserve the sovereignty of its nation-states.