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Helsinki Security Forum 2024 addresses the need for European total defence

The third annual Helsinki Security Forum (HSF) will be held on 27–29 September 2024. This year’s conference is titled Towards a Total Defence of Europe – From Apathy to Action?

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Tuomas Iso-Markku and Iro Särkkä
for HSF Blog

Enhancing Europe’s military capabilities

Russia’s brutal war of aggression against Ukraine has emphasised how important maintaining a credible deterrence and defence posture is – and how unprepared for this task most European states have long been.

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Jyri Lavikainen
for HSF Blog

NATO’s Nuclear Deterrent and Lessons from Ukraine

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine marks the first time in world history when a state uses its nuclear arsenal as coercive leverage in a war of conquest. The reverberations are felt throughout the world.

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Arkady Moshes & Kristiina Silvan
for HSF Blog

Rejecting Russian Spheres of Influence

The EU has rejected the language of spheres of influence in favour of an international order based on common rules rather than the power of the strongest. However, when it comes to the policy towards Russia, this rejection has been more evident in words than deeds.

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Bart Gaens and Mikael Mattlin
for HSF Blog

Reverberations in the Indo-Pacific of the War in Ukraine

Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine has had significant ripple effects in Indo-Pacific security dynamics and ongoing great-power competition.

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Cordelia Buchanan Ponczek
for HSF Blog

When considering defence and deterrence, remember Poland

Poland is on track to be one of Europe’s most significant military powers. This naturally has effects on both European and NATO security and leverage.

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