Nordic Nations Need NATO

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The Nordic countries – in particular Sweden, Finland, and Norway – are bolstering defense relations with the United States at a time when Russia had taken a more aggressive stance in Europe. In June, Sweden signed a defense agreement with the U.S., and four months later Finland and the U.S. signed a similar pact. Sigurd Neubauer, a senior analyst at a U.S. defense consultancy, writes Norway is hosting U.S. marines in January 2017 as part of the Black Sea Rotational Force. Neubauer, who is originally from Norway, spoke with The Cipher Brief’s Kaitlin Lavinder about Scandinavia’s relations with the U.S., NATO, and Russia.

The Cipher Brief: Is the observation that Norway, Sweden, and Finland are increasing defense cooperation with the U.S. accurate? And, if so, why are these countries strengthening ties?  

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