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The Future of Baltic Sea Security

19 October 2015, 0:00
RUSI Whitehall
RUSI Members Only
The crisis in Ukraine and the resurgence of a belligerent, yet vulnerable, Russia has alarmed the whole of Europe. However, the threat posed by President Putin’s regime is felt particularly acutely in the countries closest to Russia. As NATO increasingly dedicates its resources to the defence of the Baltic states from Russian hybrid warfare there are growing conversations in Helsinki and Stockholm about the security of the Baltic Sea, and the question of possible NATO membership. As Russia seeks to replace the politics of liberal self-determination with the politics of the sphere of influence in Eastern Europe and elsewhere, it is important to ask how countries on the ‘front-line’ should react.

The crisis in Ukraine and the resurgence of a belligerent, yet vulnerable, Russia has alarmed the whole of Europe. However, the threat posed by President Putin’s regime is felt particularly acutely in the countries closest to Russia. As NATO increasingly dedicates its resources to the defence of the Baltic states from Russian hybrid warfare there are growing conversations in Helsinki and Stockholm about the security of the Baltic Sea, and the question of possible NATO membership. As Russia seeks to replace the politics of liberal self-determination with the politics of the sphere of influence in Eastern Europe and elsewhere, it is important to ask how countries on the ‘front-line’ should react.

Mr Alpo Rusi will visit RUSI to give a short speech on the Finnish-Swedish security dilemma in the Baltic Sea region. Mr Rusi is the former Ambassador of Finland to Switzerland 2009-2014 and was Foreign Policy Adviser to President Martti Ahtisaari 1994-1999; he is now an Adjunct Professor at Helsinki University. He has also written a wide range of publications in the field of international relations and most recently released the book The Grip of the Sphere of Influence in October 2014, which was released in Finnish and is in the process of translation to English. After Mr Rusi has given his lecture, the event will then be opened up to a Q&A session, chaired by Dr Igor Sutyagin, Senior Research Fellow, RUSI.

To register, or for further information, please email Nathan Mathiot at nathanm@rusi.org.

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