Turkey’s role in blocking Finland and Sweden from joining Nato

Joined in March by Paul T. Levin and Cengiz Candar, CEFTUS held its first event of the year as we explored Turkey’s role in attempting to block Finland and Sweden from joining NATO.

The decision comes as Russia’s occupation of Ukraine intensifies and when Erdogan sides ever closer with Putin. The decision to block Finland and Sweden from joining Nato leads us to perilous and uncertain times as European nations react to the conflict in Ukraine – almost a year since the Russian invasion.


Paul T. Levin is an expert on Turkish Studies, as the Director of the Stockholm University Institute for Turkish Studies (SUITS). His research has focused on Turkey-EU relations, International Relations, Turkish foreign policy, diaspora studies, and politics in Turkey more generally.

Cengiz Candar is a Turkish journalist, senior columnist, and Middle East expert. He is currently a Senior Associate Research Fellow at the Middle East and North Africa Programme at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI).

Attended by figures from across the world of international politics, the discussion was highly insightful. Make sure to follow us on social media and come along to future discussions, as we explore the future of Turkey.