Although Sweden’s pending NATO membership is a move in the right direction for enhanced stability in the Euro-Atlantic zone, President Erdogan’s perceived “triumph” in setting the terms of Swedish membership could have serious operational and strategic challenges for NATO in the future, writes Nima Khorrami.
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Turkey’s resistance to Swedish and Finnish NATO membership is an outward sign of a more profound shift in Turkey’s geo-strategic position, writes Nick Williams. Fast becoming a “semi-detached ally”, NATO members are hoping that Turkey will return to a more moderate stance after the country’s May elections. If not, the consequences could be calamitous.
Lukasz Kulesa examines the challenges faced in security environment of the Baltic Sea region and presents the opportunities for effective arms control.
Anna Wieslander, Director for Northern Europe at the Atlantic Council, argues that the Swedish approach to European defence leans heavily on out-of-area crisis management and civilian emphasis, with a reluctance to discuss the military side of cooperation.