The NATO alliance is once again in transformation. The Russian assault on Ukraine has increasingly shifted NATO’s emphasis on its first core task: deterrence and defence. Moreover, NATO’s new strategic concept, approved by the allies at the Madrid summit in late June 2022, states that the alliance will significantly strengthen its deterrence and defence posture. Indeed, NATO is currently developing a new force model, and the allies have set a new baseline for NATO’s deterrence and defence.
This FIIA seminar zooms in on NATO’s efforts to beef up its military prowess. How should the alliance strengthen its deterrence and defence? Will the allies be able to bridge their divergent preferences and threat perceptions? What kind of implications will Finland’s and Sweden’s entry into the alliance have for its deterrence and defence posture? How will NATO accession affect Finland’s defence policy and planning?
This seminar is a part of a research project Finland’s evolving role in Euro-Atlantic security which analyses Finland’s NATO membership process and its nascent NATO policy.
John R. Deni, Research Professor, Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College
Karoliina Honkanen, Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of Defence of Finland
Matti Pesu, Leading Researcher, Finnish Institute of International Affairs
Iro Särkkä, Postdoctoral Fellow, Finnish Institute of International Affairs