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Russia, Norway and the High North - Past, Present, Future
The United States in the 21 Century Arctic
Defining an Interest: The European Union and the High North
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Defining an interest: the European Union and the High North

Dear Madam or Sir,
The Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies (IFS) and Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP),
German Institute for International and Security Affairs, invite you to a seminar on
Norway and Northern Europe in the post-Lisbon European security framework
Date: 26 May
Time: 9.30 – 15.15
Venue: Representation of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia to the European Union, Rue
Montoyer 47, 1000 Brussels
The Euro-Atlantic security structure is still a work in progress. With the Lisbon treaty, the EU
reaffirmed its ambition to be a consistent player on the international scene, including towards
NATO. NATO’s new strategic concept meanwhile underlined the importance of its partnership with
the EU. Together, EU and NATO are facing a number of challenges connected to changing security
threats, and the rise of new actors on the global scene not to mention regional instability in the EU’s
immediate neighbourhood. In addition, both institutions struggle with their member states’
diverging national interests and their reluctance to invest in joint efforts.
As a European country and a founding member of NATO, Norway has an interest in finding
solutions to current and future security problems. As a non-EU member, however, Norway is
excluded from mainstream EU decision-making, and instead relies on association regimes and
formalised dialogues. Current crises, ongoing reform processes and structural problems in the EUNATO
relationship all affect Norway’s role in the Euro-Atlantic framework. At the same time
Norway is actively shaping this framework, for example as a major stakeholder in the development
of NATO’s core functions initiative and in promoting regional cooperation with its Nordic
neighbours.
The aim of the workshop is to discuss Norway’s and Northern Europe’s place in the Euro-Atlantic
security order. Norwegian and German scholars, diplomats and policymakers will raise and discuss
questions such as Norway’s affiliation with the EU/CSDP, the EU-NATO partnership, defence
cooperation in times of budget austerity and the importance of the Arctic in the European
cooperation framework. With its particular interests in stability and security in the Arctic – can
Norway move the geographical focus of the European security framework further north?
Following this seminar, the research programme “Geopolitics in the High North” (GeoNor) is
organising a workshop to discuss the result of a survey on perceptions of the Arctic in EU member
states.


Seminar: 26 May 2011 SWP in Brussels and IFS gathered scholars, diplomats and policymakers to discuss Norway and Northern Europe in the post-Lisbon European security framework.

 

The Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies (IFS) and Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP),German Institute for International and Security Affairs, invited experts to a seminar on Norway and Northern Europe in the post-Lisbon European security framework in Brussels. 

The Euro-Atlantic security structure is still a work in progress. With the Lisbon treaty, the EU reaffirmed its ambition to be a consistent player on the international scene, including towardsNATO. NATO’s new strategic concept meanwhile underlined the importance of its partnership withthe EU. Together, EU and NATO are facing a number of challenges connected to changing securitythreats, and the rise of new actors on the global scene not to mention regional instability in the EU’s immediate neighbourhood. In addition, both institutions struggle with their member states’diverging national interests and their reluctance to invest in joint efforts.


As a European country and a founding member of NATO, Norway has an interest in finding solutions to current and future security problems. As a non-EU member, however, Norway isexcluded from mainstream EU decision-making, and instead relies on association regimes andformalised dialogues. Current crises, ongoing reform processes and structural problems in the EU-NATO relationship all affect Norway’s role in the Euro-Atlantic framework. At the same time Norway is actively shaping this framework, for example as a major stakeholder in the development of NATO’s core functions initiative and in promoting regional cooperation with its Nordic neighbours.

The aim of the workshop is to discuss Norway’s and Northern Europe’s place in the Euro-Atlanticsecurity order. Norwegian and German scholars, diplomats and policymakers discussed questions such as Norway’s affiliation with the EU/CSDP, the EU-NATO partnership, defencecooperation in times of budget austerity and the importance of the Arctic in the Europeancooperation framework. With its particular interests in stability and security in the Arctic – can Norway move the geographical focus of the European security framework further north? 

After the seminar, the research programme “Geopolitics in the High North” organised a workshop to discuss the result of a survey on perceptions of the Arctic in EU memberstates.

Seminar report available here

The EU and the Arctic


 


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