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The Meaning of Sweden’s NATO Accession

Welcome to the club: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken with Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristerssonm and Foreign Minister Tobias Billstrom during the ceremony to mark Sweden's formal entry into NATO. Image: US Department of State / Wikimedia Commons

After more than 200 years of neutrality with respect to regional and global great-power conflicts, Sweden has now chosen a side with its formal accession to NATO. With major strategic assets to offer the alliance, Sweden's membership represents a fundamental shift in the regional balance of power.

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Carla Norrlöf

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