Sweden Eyes NATO Security Blanket

Contributing USMA Research Unit(s)

Mathematical Sciences

Publication Date

Spring 4-14-2022

Publication Title

Center for European Policy Analysis (Washington, D.C.)

Document Type



Sweden’s prime minister and her Finnish counterpart are now strongly hinting that the two countries will join the alliance and soon. So, what’s changed? The war in Ukraine has challenged the basic assumptions of Swedish geopolitics. Since the late 1940s, Sweden had believed that any war in Europe would be a war between Russia/USSR and NATO. In which case, Sweden could abstain from joining the fight, avoiding the horrors of war, by remaining neutral (unless attacked.) The war in Ukraine has changed the assumptions upon which Swedish security policies have be founded.

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