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U.S. Security Assistance to Non-NATO Countries

The Swedish Case and Post-Communist Eastern Europe

Published 1992

by Paul Cole


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Non-NATO nations in Europe are now expressing interest in security cooperation with and membership in NATO. This note provides background on the issue of Western security assistance to such nations by reviewing how the United States dealt with requests for security assistance from Sweden and Yugoslavia in the 1950s. These examples illustrate the flexibility of U.S. policy in accommodating two very different cases. Among other conclusions, the study found that the extent of security assistance was clearly based on U.S. national interest, such cooperation did not result in the U.S. guaranteeing either country's security, and officer exchanges and training increased U.S. and Western influence with Sweden.

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