Finland, the European Union and NATO — Implications for Security and Defence

  • Kari Möttölä
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Entering the second post-cold war decade, Europe presents a security environment where change continues to be a central feature. New tasks, issues and conflicts shape the varied security agenda. At the same time, states have overwhelmingly adopted cooperation as their overall approach to the increasingly complex set of security needs. Although the new Europe, unlike the frozen cold-war constellation, has experienced open and violent conflicts, albeit regional and local, there is no longer just one divisive issue for states to address in search of security and stability. In contrast, a functioning and successful security policy has to entail a capability to manage social, economic and ideational transformation as a whole and its specific aspects. As a result of the adoption of such a comprehensive concept of security, politico-military security is embedded in a broader and more nuanced risk and threat assessment, although there are distinct differences among states and regions in the wider Europe.


Foreign Policy Security Policy Crisis Management European Security Common Defence 
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