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Anna Wieslander: Sweden and Finland’s accession to NATO

  • 10 Nov 2023
  • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • First Presbyterian Church, 540 William Hilton Pkwy, Hilton Head Island, SC


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Sweden and Finland’s path into NATO has taken more twists and turns than first anticipated when the countries applied in May 2022. Through it all, the United States has been a steadfast ally and security provider. Taking stock today, how are the two Nordic nations progressing with integration into the Alliance? What are the implications for security in the Baltic Sea region, the Arctic and for the overall transatlantic relationship?


Anna Wieslander Anna Wieslander is Director for Northern Europe at the Atlantic Council and concurrently serves as Secretary General of the Swedish Defence Association. She also chairs the Institute for Security and Development Policy (ISDP) in Stockholm and is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of War Sciences.

Anna Wieslander was previously Deputy Director at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI). She has held positions as Head of the Speaker’s Office in the Swedish Parliament, Secretary of the Swedish Defence Commission and Deputy Director of the Swedish Defence Ministry. She has also served as Communications Director in the private sector.

She holds an IB exam from United World College of the American West (1987), a BA degree in journalism from Gothenburg University (1990), and a MA degree in political science from Lund University (1995). She is a PhD candidate in international relations at Lund University, and has pursued doctoral studies at University of California at Berkeley. She is a 2015 alumni of the Georgetown University Leadership Seminar and 2018 alumni of the Swedish Defence University Higher Comprehensive Security Course.

Her expertise is in security and defence policy, Baltic sea security, NATO and partnerships, the transatlantic link, and issues affecting the defence industry.

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