Assessing NATO Membership for Finland: Historical, Regional, and Geopolitical Implications

This panel discusses the recent changes in the status of Finland’s security pursuant to Russia’s attack on Ukraine

Subsequently, public opinion and leadership in Finland supports the nation’s application for NATO membership. Given Finland’s 1340 km border with Russia, its policy of neutrality in the Cold War and its current status as a militarily non-aligned country, ascension into NATO would represent a significant geopolitical realignment of alliances with yet unknown implications.

The aim of this panel is to analyse and discuss the potential consequences of Finland’s potential NATO membership. We will reserve time for attendees' questions.

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Date and time:  9 May, 2022, 15:15-16:45

Location:  Fabianinkatu 22, Helsinki Collegium, Common Room, 3rd Floor

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Professor Juhana Aunesluoma, Political History

Professor Jari Eloranta, Economic and Social History

Professor Tuomas Forsberg, Director Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies

Associate Professor Johanna Rainio-Niemi, Political History

Mr. Pekka Toveri, Former Director of Finnish Defense Intelligence, Major General emeritus


Dr. S.M. Amadae, Programme Director, Global Politics and Communications


Date and time:

Mon, May 9, 2022

3:15 PM – 4:45 PM EEST



University of Helsinki

Global Politics and Communication

Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies