Burden Sharing and Specialization After Sweden and Finland’s NATO Accession

Av Karlis Neretnieks
Publicerad 27 september, 2022
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On May 18, 2022, the Swedish and Finnish NATO ambassadors formally submitted their membership applications to the alliance. In doing so, they ended decades – in Sweden’s case, centuries – of military nonalignment and overlapping but varied security arrangements in the Nordics and Baltics. Sweden and Finland, whose bilateral defense cooperation has deepened substantially in recent years, will now contribute to NATO’s defense of the Arctic and the Baltic Sea region. 

In the anthology ”Stronger Together”, published in cooperation between Stockholm Free World Forum and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, authors from Sweden, Finland, and beyond will explore how Sweden and Finland will adapt to NATO and vice versa. This report is adapted from a chapter in the book, where Karlis Neretnieks explores how Sweden and Finland’s NATO accession will allow countries in the region to coordinate operational planning and develop national force structures that complement each other.

Karlis Neretnieks is a Major General (ret.) and is presently conducting research on security in the Baltic Sea region. He is fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of War Sciences. From 1998 to 2002, he was President of the Swedish National Defence College. He has also served as Special Advisor to the Swedish Defence Minister on Baltic Security (2002–2004), Chief of Operations in the Central Joint Command (1997–1998), Commander of the Swedish Armed Forces International Centre (1994–1997) and Commander of the 18th Mechanised Brigade (1992–1994). Apart from attending both the Swedish and Norwegian Staff Colleges he has also pursued academic studies on European security at the Graduate Institute in Geneva.