Accession Number : AD1046845

Title :   Russia's Security Relations with Finland, Norway, and Sweden

Descriptive Note : Technical Report

Corporate Author : Naval Postgraduate School Monterey United States

Personal Author(s) : Hayden,Rory J

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Report Date : 01 Sep 2017

Pagination or Media Count : 147

Abstract : This thesis examines the role that NATO and the United States play in the security policies of Finland, Norway, and Sweden, and Russias views on the activities of the Alliance and the United States along its northern flank. An analysis of the foreign and security policies of Finland, Norway, and Sweden indicates that these three countries view Russian activities in the region as a security threat. The thesis finds that NATO and the United States play a large role in the security calculations of Finland, Norway, and Sweden, while Russia considers the Alliance and the United States as threats to its national security. The thesis encompasses economic and political consideration; the historical context between Russia and Finland, Norway, and Sweden; and the current security policies of all four countries. It also analyzes NATO considerations, bilateral relations, and potential regional security implications. This thesis recommends that Norway continue to seek an increase in NATO activity in the region, while Finland and Sweden should seek NATO membership unless they are willing to combat potential Russian aggression alone.

Descriptors :   nato , Russia , finland , Norway , Sweden , international relations , national security , foreign policy , united states , European union , united nations , Baltic sea , arctic regions , military modernization , economics

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Military Intelligence

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE