The Academy in English: Focus on the EU/NATO agenda – in view of forthcoming Academy events – updated regularly
For overview: The recent Atlantic Council issue brief ”How allied Sweden & Finland can secure Northern Europe” coauthored by Academy Member Anna Wieslander. A useful guide to structure an understanding of what otherwise could be perceived as an alphabet soup of tiresome acronyms. Listen to our podcast here.
Previous week: Listen to a short comment on the Sälen Conference and Kiruna from a Swedish EU Presidency perspective. What is the potential contribution of Sweden to security as EU Presidency? Podcast link here.
Our podcast published recently focussing on escalatory risks related to the Ukraine War has already attracted hundreds of viewers/listeners.It will anb important input into priority discussions on deterrence (see below).
So has our interview with Dov Zakheim on support to Ukraine and the accession of Sweden and Finland to NATO. This podcast provides an essential US perspective on the way ahead.
On the way ahead: We will now give priority to issues to be discussed during zoom conferences throughout 2023, starting early February evaluating the annual Sälen conference.
The second event will relate to possible project ideas for further Academy work after the just concluded SES project.
A third event will focus on deterrence as a central aspect of lessons learned from the Ukraine war.
Other tags will link to flow security, values, and interests, defense capacity – military and civil, structural and organizational issues, nuclear etc.
Different mindmaps and other illustrations will make it possible to see links between various contributions and clusters, including efforts underway in different Academy sections. Avoiding stovepipes in future Academy work will be an essential objective. The idea is to feed into discussions on future strategies on all levels, from the NATO Strategic concept to Swedish national and sectoral strategies.
The EU Presidency track: Here an overview:
The way ahead after Sälen: The National Security Strategy
Evaluation of the Sälen conference
The Sälen conference is now over and the Academy is preparing for a first Zoom conference among its Members seeking to evaluate the way ahead on the basis of a very rich material as partially illustrated by this mindmap.
Focus on the US and the Transatlantic link
US support to Ukraine and the accession of Finland and Sweden to NATO – an interview with Dov Zakheim
In this podcast Dov Zakheim covers a broad range of topics focusing on the need for strong support to Ukraine at least until the end of the current fiscal year in the United States in September 2023. Issues discussed include
– cohesion of NATO
– the importance of Swedish and Finnish accession to NATO soon,
– the likelihood that Putin will seek to reconstitute Russian capabilities during a war of attrition perhaps lasting several years,
– hoping for a better situation perhaps after a Trump return to the White House,
– that the use of nuclear weapons or direct military attacks against NATO territory remains less likely.
Dov Zakheim is a Corresponding Member of the Swedish Royal Academy of War Sciences since 2011 and a writer, businessman and former politician.
An introduction to the debate on Swedish-Finnish integration into NATO military structures – Academy Journal 3/2022
The Academy Proceedings and Journal contains in issue 3/2022 a series of valuable contributions to the debate about Swedish integration together with Finland into NATO. Awaiting more thorough reviews here are a series of short video clips highlighting some of the important considerations to be made not least on the part of NATO in this process.
It links up with both generic issues concerning deterrence and defence in the North and more concrete discussions of common structures including the roles of Norfolk and Brunssum as joint force headquarters.
The bottom line seems to be that the whole debate requires fundamental assumptions about the posture of the United States as regards the defence of Europe and in this case in particular northern Europe and the Arctic region.
Deterrence ahead of an Academy discussion early 2023
Both the NATO Secretary-General and echoed by the Swedish commander-in-chief have in the last days warned against a possible escalation of the war against Ukraine. But exactly what does this entail? The clickable mind map indicates that the international debate on the topic is rich and complicated. Clearly the issue graving itself is not only about the possible use of non-strategic nuclear weapons on Ukraine territory. There is [...]