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Finland prime minister and president in Berlin

Finland's Prime Minister Sanna Marin (L) and Finland's President Sauli Niinistö give a press conference to announce that Finland will apply for NATO membership at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland on May 15, 2022.  (Photo: Heikki Saukkomaa / Lehtikuva/AFP via Getty Images)

The Downside Risks of Sweden and Finland Joining NATO

The two Nordic nations do not need the protection, but it will be the nail in the coffin of European autonomy and any future relations with Russia.

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Anatol Lieven

Anatol Lieven is a Professor at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, Qatar, visiting professor in the War Studies Department of King’s College London, and a senior fellow of the New America Foundation in Washington DC. He is the author of ­
Pakistan: A Hard Country.
 Anatol spent the first part of his career as a journalist in Afghanistan, Pakistan and the former USSR.

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