In this piece, Yasmine Dahlberg (CC'23) examines Sweden’s reluctance regarding its future with the military alliance. Sweden’s self-proclaimed “neutrality” and “nonalignment” have become the subject of debate in recent years, and Dahlberg points out that the arguments in favor of NATO membership are compelling.
“Sweden’s reliance on past post-war security arrangements are no longer convincing since Russia has shattered that understanding by choosing aggression over diplomacy. Remaining non-aligned would be tantamount to ignoring the changed security environment.”
Although Putin used Ukraine’s decision to join NATO as his initial justification for invasion, Russian threats and aggression have heightened security concerns and forced the militarily nonaligned Scandinavian countries to choose sides. As a result, Prime Minister of Sweden Magdalena Anderss