Postponed: Russia’s Changing Strategy and Warfare. What now, NATO?<img alt="" src="/media/PubImages/Russian_Spetsnaz_-_EDM_April_26__2016_ingress.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Postponed: Russia’s Changing Strategy and Warfare. What now, NATO?Due to the COVID-19 situation this seminar has been postponed to this autumn as a public event or a webinar. Distinguished scholars and policy-makers will discuss key developments in the theory and practice of Russia’s strategic thinking and NATO’s progress in meeting the new Russia challenge. http://forsvaret.no/hogskolene/Arrangementer/russia’s-nato-strategy-warfare
Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies: National effort <img alt="" src="/media/PubImages/IFS%20logo.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies: National effort The Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies (IFS) stands fully behind national measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. http://forsvaret.no/ifs/en/corona_covid_19_en
Norway and NATO. Perspectives from abroad.<img alt="" src="/media/PubImages/NorwegianDefenceMin_FrankBakkeJensen_LTP3.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Norway and NATO. Perspectives from abroad.On 16 October 2019, Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies held the last of three seminars on the topic of the Norwegian long term defence plan. http://forsvaret.no/hogskolene/en/events/norway-and-nato-perspectives-from-abroad



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Opdahl, Ingerid M. 2020. The Russian State and Russian Energy Companies, 1992–2018. Routledge. Opdahl, Ingerid M. 2020. The Russian State and Russian Energy Companies, 1992–2018. Routledge.<p>​The Russian State and Russian Energy Companies analyses the development of relations between the state and five major energy companies, and how this shaped Russia’s foreign policy in the post-Soviet region. The book argues that the development of Russia’s political economy mattered for foreign policy over the quarter of a century from 1992 to 2018. Energy companies’ roles in institutional development enabled them to influence foreign policy formation, and they became available as tools to implement foreign policy. The extent to which it happened for each company varied with their accessibility to the Russian state. Institutional development increased state capacity, in a way that strengthened Russia’s political regime. The book shows how the combined power of several companies in the gas, oil, electricity, and nuclear energy industry was a key feature of Russian foreign policy, both in bilateral relationships and in support of Russia’s regional position. In this way, Russia’s energy resources were converted to regional influence. The book contributes to our understanding of Russia’s political economy and its influence on foreign policy, and of the formation of policy towards post-Soviet states.<br></p><p><a href="https://www.routledge.com/The-Russian-State-and-Russian-Energy-Companies-19922018/Opdahl/p/book/9780815354055">The publication is available through Routledge</a><br></p>
Bækken, Håvard and Enstad, Johannes Due. 2020. "Identity under Siege: Selective Securitization of History in Putin's Russia." The Slavonic and East European Review Vol. 98, No. 2 (April 2020), pp. 321-344Bækken, Håvard and Enstad, Johannes Due. 2020. "Identity under Siege: Selective Securitization of History in Putin's Russia." The Slavonic and East European Review Vol. 98, No. 2 (April 2020), pp. 321-344<p>This article explores state efforts to safeguard national history and identity in Putin's Russia. It is argued that a process of selective securitization has been taking place, whereby elite actors have defined certain (but not all) aspects of Russia's history and identity as vital and existentially threatened interests that need to be forcefully defended. This has paved the way for wide-reaching state policy on the Great Patriotic War and given security actors an important role in its formulation. While the narrative of victory and unity surrounding the Great Patriotic War has become subject to securitization, state policy on the more contentious issue of Stalin's dictatorship has been much more ambiguous. When it comes to Stalin, the state has not sought to unify the population behind a common narrative, but rather to accommodate the value pluralism present among Russian elites and in society at large.​<br></p><p><a href="https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5699/slaveasteurorev2.98.2.0321?seq=1">The publication is available through JSTOR</a><br></p>
Efjestad, Svein and Tamnes, Rolf. 2019. NATO’s Enduring Relevance. 95 (1), 8-25Efjestad, Svein and Tamnes, Rolf. 2019. NATO’s Enduring Relevance. 95 (1), 8-25<p><a href="https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02681307.2019.1731206?fbclid=IwAR2fR1FQCUbkJzWBbMgEDJfJ1u0ONqLGbjD_abu2qXFtYk_m2MwPHF1cfeQ&journalCode=rwhi20">​</a><span style="color:#333333;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:17.6px;">This chapter focuses on NATO as a stabiliser and a guardian of independence, freedom and the rule of law. It examines the many dilemmas posed by Russia, terrorism and China in particular, underscoring the importance of maintaining US leadership, of revitalising NATO’s political functions and consultation, and of finding efficient ways to operate as a military organisation.</span><span style="color:#333333;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:17.6px;"> The chapter highlights four broad recommendations for the future.</span><br></p><p><span style="color:#333333;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:17.6px;"><span style="color:#777777;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:12.24px;">Published online: 04 April 2020</span></span></p><p><a href="https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02681307.2019.1731206?fbclid=IwAR2fR1FQCUbkJzWBbMgEDJfJ1u0ONqLGbjD_abu2qXFtYk_m2MwPHF1cfeQ&journalCode=rwhi20">Read online at Taylor & Francis Online.</a> <br></p>
Rø, Bjur, Eggen and Allers (eds.) 2020. The Global pandemic Transatlantic security national defence - Views from the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and Norway. IFS Insight 6.Rø, Bjur, Eggen and Allers (eds.) 2020. The Global pandemic Transatlantic security national defence - Views from the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and Norway. IFS Insight 6.<p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">The COVID-19 pandemic will have a long-lasting impact on our societies. How the crisis will affect international security and national defence priorities is still uncertain, but it is likely to reinvigorate many of the issue areas that dominated the discussions on transatlantic security before the pandemic arrived.</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">This compilation of articles set out to address some of them from the perspectives of four Allied capitals: Washington, London, Berlin and Oslo. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The IFS Insight is published as a part of the IFS-led research programme Security in Northern Europe (SNE)<br></p><p><a href="/ifs/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=dd15d490-eece-4791-8487-2ca556af0f7d&TermSetId=4b35d8f5-4855-41ec-b372-51705a331088&TermId=b825d3c0-8b37-41d5-a43a-2625a1b3d787">Read the IFS Insight here</a><br></p>

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Bekkevold & Bowers: Nuclear North Korea<img alt="" src="/media/PubImages/IFS%20Insights_4_2017_Bowers-Bekkevold_ingress.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Bekkevold & Bowers: Nuclear North KoreaIFS Insights 4/2017. North Korea continues to develop ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons despite international condemnation and increasing political and economic isolation. While war is unlikely, expectations of denuclearisation seem optimistic. Ongoing tensions will likely have substantial short-term and long-term regional strategic implications.http://forsvaret.no/ifs/Publikasjoner/ifs-insights-kronologisk-(2010-)/bekkevold-bowers_nuclear-north-korea-stability-east-asia
Bekkevold & Till (eds.): International Order at Sea<img alt="" src="/media/PubImages/Bekkevold%20ios%202016%20ingress.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Bekkevold & Till (eds.): International Order at SeaInternationally renowned experts within maritime studies examines how international order at sea is challenged, changed and maintained.http://forsvaret.no/ifs/en/Publications/Books/bekkevold-till-international-order-at-sea
Bekkevold&Ross (eds.): China in the Era of Xi Jinping<img alt="" src="/media/PubImages/Bekkevold_bok_Xi%20Jinping_ingress.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Bekkevold&Ross (eds.): China in the Era of Xi JinpingLeading scholars from the United States, Asia, and Europe examine the prospects for China's continuing rise. http://forsvaret.no/ifs/en/Publications/Books/Bekkevold Ross China in the Era of Xi Jinping

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