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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 is focused on Europe’s capabilities, and how it engages on critical global issues.  We investigate European approaches to critical global issues. We examine Europe’s relations with Russia and Eurasia, China and the Indo-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa. Our initiatives include “Ukraine in Europe” – an examination of what it will take to make Ukraine’s European future a reality.  But we also examine the role of NATO, the European Union and the OSCE, Europe’s energy security, transatlantic trade disputes, and challenges to democracy. 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