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As Finland prepares to join NATO, defense forces have become more ‘visible’ inside its borders

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Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine sent shock waves throughout Europe when it got underway more than a year ago. Forced to reckon with a new geopolitical reality, Sweden and Finland declared that they are pursuing NATO membership—a move that reflects the two countries’ desire for greater security in the face of the Russian threat.

And, as Finland passes through a final hurdle to NATO membership, the Nordic nation has been undergoing changes internally to prepare for a future of “strategic collaboration,” says Mai’a Cross, dean’s professor of political science, international affairs and diplomacy, and director of Northeastern’s Center for International and World Cultures. 

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