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Inside the Fence but Outside the Walls

The Militarily Non-Allied States in the Security Architecture of Post-Cold War Europe

Laura C. Ferreira-Pereira

This study examines and analyses the security and foreign policy behaviour of Austria, Finland and Sweden during the first decade after the end of the Cold War. In particular it investigates these countries’ responses to the developments that occurred after 1989 in Europe and within such key institutions as the EU, the WEU and NATO. Drawing on original primary data gleaned from over a hundred interviews held in Austria, Finland, Sweden, Britain and Belgium with a wide range of experts including political leaders, diplomats, military personnel and foreign and security advisers, this book uncovers the political and strategic rationale that has shaped the post-Cold War security and foreign policies of Austria, Finland and Sweden. The author demonstrates that these countries have increasingly participated in the construction of European security but with limitations resulting from their continuing commitment to military neutrality.
Contents: The Post-Cold War European Security Order – The Copernican Shift: Austria, Sweden and Finland Join the European Union – The Militarily Non-Allied States in the Common Foreign and Security Policy: Assessing Commitments and Dilemmas – The Militarily Non-Allied States and the EU’s Prospective Defence Dimension – The Militarily Non-Allied States in the WEU – The Militarily Non-Allied States’ Security and Military Cooperation with NATO Frameworks – Remaining Alliance-Free: The Question of Neutrality Revisited – Remaining Alliance-Free: The External Factors of Russia and the Baltic States.