11 Apr 2009

Sorting out Finland’s complicated attitude towards NATO

Toby Archer

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Ever since the end of the Cold War, and particularly since the demise of the Soviet Union, the question of whether Finland could or should join NATO has always been in the background of the country’s public discourse. Drawing on history, and particularly the history of neutrality, Toby Archer, a researcher at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs, explains how Finland can be positive about the idea of NATO and actively take part in the alliance’s missions, and yet still not want to become a member.