Will Obama's New Missile Defense Plan Strain Relations With Allies?

What does the president's new defense strategy mean for Eastern European diplomacy?


Yesterday, President Obama announced plans for a new missile defense strategy intended to strengthen European security, especially against the threat of Iran's continuing ballistic missile program. The new plan would reverse the Bush administration's preparations for defense sites in Poland and the Czech Republic and focus on confronting Iran's short- and medium-range missile project. While Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has publicly praised Obama for the changes, the New York Times reports that critics worry the move could undercut relations with our allies in Eastern Europe. Others think that this might open new diplomatic opportunities in the region. What do you think? Is Obama's new strategy good for European relations? Post your thoughts below.