The European Neutrals and NATO

Non-alignment, Partnership, Membership?

  • Andrew Cottey

Part of the New Security Challenges book series (NSECH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Andrew Cottey
    Pages 45-72
  3. Heinz Gärtner
    Pages 129-149
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 231-237

About this book


This book provides the first detailed comparative analysis of the unusual partnership between the main European neutral states and NATO. Neutrality and alliance membership are fundamentally incompatible, but through the vehicle of NATO’s post-Cold War partnerships the European neutral states and NATO have found a way to bridge this gap and cooperate with one another. Based on case studies of Austria, Finland, Ireland, Sweden and Switzerland written by leading experts, this book explores the detail of each country’s relationship with NATO, the factors shaping those relationships and whether any of these states are likely to abandon neutrality and join NATO. The book also contributes to broader work on foreign policy by exploring different explanations of the European neutral states’ foreign and security policy choices.

This book will be of interest to scholars of the European neutral states, NATO and European security, as well as to those interested in understanding the dynamics behind states foreign policy choices.


Neutral States NATO Austria Finland Ireland Sweden Switzerland Europe Neutrality EU membership Partnership for Peace defence collective security cooperative security integration neutral identity peacekeeping allies

Editors and affiliations

  • Andrew Cottey
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of GovernmentUniversity College CorkCorkIreland

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