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Article


Title

Willingness to defend one's own country and to resist in the Baltic states

Authors

[ 1 ] Rīga Stradiņš University, 16 Dzirciema Street, Rīga, LV-1007, Latvia

Year of publication

2020

Published in

Security and Defence Quarterly

Journal year: 2020 | Journal volume: vol. 30 | Journal number: no. 3

Article type

scientific article

Publication language

english

Keywords
EN
  • Lithuania
  • Estonia
  • Latvia
  • Defence
  • Resistance
Abstract

EN This article addresses the question of willingness to defend one’s own country and a similar notion of resistance, should Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia be attacked. The study principally relies on quantitative data from a dedicated nationally representative survey across all three countries. The data acquired thereof reaffirm findings from previous studies concluding that the highest level of willingness to defend one’s own country is in Estonia, while it is lower in Latvia and in Lithuania. Asked if and how respondents would resist in case of an attack, more willingness to resist either non-violently or violently was expressed by respondents in Lithuania, ahead of the number of willing to do so in Estonia and more so in Latvia. Demographic background of the respondents visualized and discussed in the article provides further nuances of both research questions. While situation with the willingness to defend Estonia is relatively comfortable, this should not be treated as a reason for complacency. There is still room for progress within some groups of the society. Meanwhile, valuable lessons could be drawn for policies of Latvia and more so of Lithuania to avert some of the less flattery trends identifed in this study.

Date of online publication

26.08.2020

Pages (from - to)

15 - 30

DOI

https://doi.org/10.35467/sdq/124712

URL

https://securityanddefence.pl/Willingness-to-defend-one-s-own-country-and-to-resist-in-the-Baltic-states,124712,0,2.html

License type

CC BY-NC-ND (attribution - noncommercial - no derivatives)

Open Access Mode

open journal

Open Access Text Version

final published version

Release date

26.08.2020

Date of Open Access to the publication

at the time of publication

Points of MNiSW / journal

20.0

Points of MNiSW / journal in years 2017-2021

70.0