Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine and the Kremlin’s demands for the re-negotiation of the European security architecture in the months preceding 24 February 2022 re-energised a debate over NATO enlargement. In particular, Moscow’s use – and abuse – of the historical record from the 1990s to justify its expansionist policies has led many commentators, policy pundits and politicians to weigh in on whether the decision to enlarge NATO beyond its Cold-War limits was prudent and the extent to which Russia’s grievances have merit.
This third seminar of FIIA’s NATO in Focus series will take advantage of a visit to Finland by Professor M.E. Sarotte, author of Not One Inch: America, Russia, and the Making of Post-Cold War Stalemate, to address the following questions: What was agreed between the Soviet Union and the West about NATO’s role in the former Warsaw Pact countries? How did the process of enlargement transpire in the years following the end of the Cold War, and what kinds of political battles did it ignite? Professor Juhana Aunesluoma will serve as discussant and further address the following questions: How was the evolution of NATO after the Cold War perceived in Finland? How should the Finnish and Swedish applications for NATO membership be viewed against this historical record?
This seminar is a part of a FIIA research project on Finland’s evolving role in Euro-Atlantic security, which analyses Finland’s NATO membership process and its nascent NATO policy.
Keynote: Mary Elise Sarotte, Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Washington DC
Comments: Juhana Aunesluoma, Professor, University of Helsinki
Chair: Ville Sinkkonen, Postdoctoral Fellow, FIIA