NATO and Nordic Co­oper­a­tion - Norden at the Cross­roads Again

CENS 20 years anniversary seminar on 31 October 2022 at 17-18.30, Think Corner, University of Helsinki. Live stream available.

NATO and Nordic Co­oper­a­tion

Date: 31 October, 17-18.30

Venue: Main Stage, Think Corner, University of Helsinki (Yliopistonkatu 4) and online, see live stream

The Finnish and Swedish NATO-applications forces us to reconsider many established truths about the Nordic region. What the recent developments mean for Nordic cooperation and its institutions? Should the Nordic Council (1952) and the Nordic Council of Ministers (1971) become more involved in security and defence policy cooperation? Will the intensified security and defence cooperation spill over to other sectors and contribute to a more integrated Nordic region? What does Finnish and Swedish NATO-membership mean for the Nordic peace brand?

With us to discuss a transforming Nordic region are Research director Hanna Ojanen (University of Tampere), Professor Juhana Aunesluoma (University of Helsinki) and Postdoctoral fellow Iro Särkkä (Finnish Institute of Foreign Affairs). The discussion is led by Johan Strang (University of Helsinki).

The seminar celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Centre for Nordic Studies (CENS) at the University of Helsinki, and is arranged in connection with the annual session of the Nordic Council in Helsinki.

The event is organized jointly by the NordForsk project Nordic University Hub ReNEW and Academy of Finland project Norden since the End of History (NORDEND), both hosted by CENS.

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