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Russo-Ukraine War, and the Wider North

Season 1, Ep. 2

SCGA Co-Director Phillips O'Brien speaks with Minna Ålander of the Finnish Institute of International Affairs on the implications of the Russo-Ukraine War for the Security in the “Wider North” of Europe.

They consider:

  • The Russian security challenge/threat now in the Wider North and in the near future
  • The integration of Finland and Sweden and changing security equation for NATO
  • Wider North regional resilience and how it can be improved
  • The most pressing issues now and in the near future that require cooperation with Russia in the Wider North - such a nuclear waste-clean-up and climate change/ice melt.


Professor Phillips O'Brien is Head of the School of International Relations and Professor of Strategic Studies at the University of St Andrews. He is a Co-Director of the Scottish Council on Global Affairs.

Minna Ålander is research fellow at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs. Her research focuses on Northern European security and Nordic defence cooperation, as well as Finnish and German foreign and security policy.

See also the SCGA website.



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