Finnish Security and European Security Policy,
ARMY WAR COLL STRATEGIC STUDIES INST CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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In 1995 Finland joined the European Union EU. This action culminated several years of a fundamental reorientation of Finnish security policy as Finland moved from the neutrality imposed on it by the Soviet Union to a policy with a priority on European integration through the European Union. Finland, in joining the EU, has retained its independent defense and security posture, even as it seeks to strengthen its standing abroad and gain added leverage, through the EU, for dealing with Russia. Finlands odyssey indicates much about two fundamental issues in European security coping with Russias crises, and the interrelationship between the EU and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization as providers of security for small states in Europe. Furthermore, Finlands proximity to Russia and the difficult history of Fenno-Russian relations have imposed on Finnish policymakers the need for penetrating and sober analysis of Finlands and Europes security situation. Therefore, Finlands evolution from an imposed neutrality to overt participation in European integration merits our careful scrutiny and attention.
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