Webinar 15 december: Strategic autonomy – A view from the North

The concept of strategic autonomy has been a frequent topic the last few years. The crisis management has expanded the discussion of strategic autonomy beyond security and defence. How do the Nordic countries relate to this pursuit of sovereignty and capacity to act? The similarities and differences in the countries’ attitudes was discussed in a webinar on 15 December 2021.

The EU’s capacity to act autonomously and promote its interests has become a central issue during later years due to the backdrop of rising global power competition and crisis management at home. The issue of EU’s strategic autonomy was initially limited to security and defence but has gradually grown to include more policy areas such as industrial policy, digitalization, and green transition. The interests of the Nordic member states coincide on many levels. How do Denmark, Finland, and Sweden relate to the discussion on strategic autonomy and the proposals to strengthen EU's position in the world?  

In this webinar the report Strategic autonomy – Views from the North will be presented. 

Webinar 15th of December - Strategic autonomy - a view from the North from Sieps on Vimeo.

  • 15 December 2021 11:00 - 12:30
  • The webinar will be held online and will be shown on this page. A recording will be available afterwards.
  • Tuomas Iso-Markku, Researcher, FIIA (Finnish Institute of International Affairs)
  • Niklas Helwig, Senior researcher, FIIA (Finnish Institute of International Affairs)
  • Calle Håkansson, Doctoral student, Malmö University and associate at UI (Swedish Institute of International Affairs)
  • Christine Nissen, Researcher, DIIS (Danish Institute for International Studies)
  • Commentator: Kristi Raik, Director, Estonian Foreign Policy Institute
  • Jakob Lewander, Researcher, SIEPS