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Smart Take | Turkey Clears Roadblocks for Sweden to Join NATO

July 12, 20232:01

Philip Reeker, Chair of the Wilson Center’s Global Europe Program, analyzes what this historic moment says about Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, how Sweden’s membership in NATO will impact the alliance, the future of Turkey’s relationship with the European Union, and what final steps are necessary before Sweden becomes the official, 32nd-member of NATO.


Philip Reeker, Chair of the Global Europe Program

Philip Reeker

Chair, Global Europe Program;
Albright Stonebridge Group, Department of State (ret.)
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Global Europe Program

The Global Europe Program addresses vital issues affecting the European continent, US-European relations, and Europe’s ties with the rest of the world. We investigate European approaches to critical global issues: digital transformation, climate, migration, global governance. We also examine Europe’s relations with Russia and Eurasia, China and the Indo-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa. Our program activities cover a wide range of topics, from the role of NATO, the European Union and the OSCE to European energy security, trade disputes, challenges to democracy, and counter-terrorism. The Global Europe Program’s staff, scholars-in-residence, and Global Fellows participate in seminars, policy study groups, and international conferences to provide analytical recommendations to policy makers and the media.  Read more