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Finland’s long road to NATO membership with the author Jyrki Karvinen

Thursday, 19 October, 2023 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT


A Long Road to NATO

Risto E.J. Penttilä – Jyrki Karvinen

In collaboration with FAWN, we invite you to join us on October 19th for a conversation with author, Jyrki Karvinen, about Finland’s long road to NATO membership.

Finland announced in May 2022 that it wants to join NATO. Thus ended a long era marked by a belief in a combination of military non-alignment and the NATO option.

The book is based on personal experiences, observations and revelations from 1989 till 2022. It starts with the termination of the YYA agreement, the Finno-Soviet Treaty of 1948, in 1991 and extends to examining the future challenges of Finland as a Nato member state.

The book deals with the core issues of foreign and security policy. Why did political decision-makers lull themselves into skepticism, even though Russia hardened its line? And what kind of position should Finland aim for as a NATO country?

About Jyrki Karvinen

Jyrki Karvinen, born 1955, is a Finnish international journalist, non-fiction writer and communication professional. He has written several books on international politics, such as European integration, the wars in the Western Balkans, the Winter War and Finland’s path to NATO. He has worked in Washington and New York as a correspondent for Kauppalehti, the Finnish Business Daily, 1991-1992 and in Brussels 1993-1997 and 2001-2004.


Signed copies of the books: We will raffle off three books to three lucky winners, tickets to be drawn by the author!

Rye Bread: By participating you will automatically enter a rye bread raffle and maybe win! We thank FAWN’s sponsor Arctic Swan Bakery for their sponsorship of the raffle!


Time: 6:00 PM talk, followed by reception downstairs in the Trygve Lie Gallery

Location: Norwegian Seamen’s Church
317 East 52nd St., NYC, NY 10022

Cost: $25.00 Donation

* You can pay online below. If you prefer to mail a physical check, please make it out to “American Scandinavian Society” and mail it to the attention of Lars Nilsen at 317 East 52nd St., New York, NY 10022


Thursday, 19 October, 2023
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT


Norwegian Seamen’s Church
317 East 52nd Street
New York, NY 10022 United States
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