Finland, Sweden and the future of NATO

Long committed to neutral foreign and security policies, the Nordic countries of Finland and Sweden have fundamentally reassessed their positions following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Both countries are expected to apply for NATO membership and accelerated membership is likely.

What effects might Finland’s and Sweden’s NATO membership have on the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and on future NATO-Russia relations? How soon could accession come into force, and whether interim measures should be considered to strengthen the security of Finland and Sweden in the meantime? How might NATO adjust its forward military posture to support Article V mutual defense guarantees to these potential new members?

On May 23, Brookings will host an event featuring Finnish Ambassador to the United States Mikko Hautala and Swedish Ambassador to the United States Karin Olofsdotter to discuss the implications of such a course of action for their two countries and for NATO. The conversation will be moderated by Brookings Senior Fellows Michael E. O’Hanlon and Constanze Stelzenmüller.

After the discussion, the ambassadors will answer questions from the audience. Online viewers can submit questions via email to [email protected] or via Twitter to #NATOMembership.

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