Finland in a nuclear alliance: Recalibrating the dual-track mindset on deterrence and arms control

Matti Pesu, Tapio Juntunen

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Abstract

Finland’s NATO bid was partly triggered by a sense of susceptibility to nuclear coercion. Seeking the protection of extended nuclear deterrence was seen as necessary to maximize Finnish security. The Finnish domestic environment is rather permissive towards Finland’s contribution to NATO’s nuclear deterrence policy. That said, nuclear deterrence may become a topic of debate as Finnish NATO policy evolves. Finland has several options in its contribution to NATO’s nuclear deterrence policy, ranging from a passive low-ambition strategy to medium- and high-ambition approaches. Finnish historical affinity with the non-proliferation regime will likely continue to characterize its nuclear disarmament policy as a NATO member. Although the time is not currently ripe for new arms control proposals, Finland has a self-interest in promoting NATO’s efforts in nuclear arms control, disarmament and non-proliferation.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationHelsinki
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-951-769-784-2
Publication statusPublished - 16 Nov 2023
Publication typeD4 Published development or research report or study

Publication series

NameFIIA Briefing Paper
PublisherFinnish Institute of International Affairs
No.375
ISSN (Electronic)1795-8059

Keywords

  • Finland
  • NATO
  • nuclear weapons
  • arms control
  • Deterrence

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