IFS seminar: Russian Strategic Thinking<img alt="" src="/media/PubImages/seminar_russia_hanna_smith_ingress.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />IFS seminar: Russian Strategic ThinkingWhy does Russia keep surprising us? Seminar with Hanna Smith, Helsinki, Thursday 10 September, 10.00–11.30.Seminar with Hanna Smith, Aleksanteri Institute Helsinki, Thursday 10 September, 10.00–11.30.IFS seminar: Russian Strategic Thinking. Why does Russia keep surprising us? http://forsvaret.no/ifs/ifs-seminar-russian-strategic-thinking
Petersson (2015): The US NATO Debate. From Libya to Ukraine<img alt="" src="/media/PubImages/Petersson_US_NATO%20debate_ill_ferdig.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Petersson (2015): The US NATO Debate. From Libya to UkraineMagnus Petersson looks at US expectations to its European allies. Do the Americans want to pull back and leave the Europeans to handle their own security challenges?Do the Americans want to pull back and leave the Europeans to handle their own security challenges?New book by Magnus Petersson about the US NATO debate http://forsvaret.no/ifs/en/petersson_2015_the-us-nato-debate-from-libya-to-ukraine
Bekkevold & Sinha (eds.) (2015): Arctic: Commerce, Governance and Policy <img alt="" src="/media/PubImages/bekkevold_sinha_Arctic_atikkel_orig.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Bekkevold & Sinha (eds.) (2015): Arctic: Commerce, Governance and Policy The book examines drivers and motivations of Asian countries’ entry into the Arctic, and its impact on commerce, policy and governance in the Arctic. http://forsvaret.no/ifs/arctic_commerce_governance_and-_policy



 Articles and chapters in books

 

 

Katarzyna Zysk and David Titley. 2015. "Signals, Noise, and Swans in Today’s Arctic". SAIS Review of International AffairsKatarzyna Zysk and David Titley. 2015. "Signals, Noise, and Swans in Today’s Arctic". SAIS Review of International Affairs<p>​The Arctic is a unique maritime domain and physical environment that is changing faster than any other place on Earth. The trend of abrupt and substantial variations in ice coverage, increasing temperatures, waves and coastal erosion, and unusual weather patterns is likely to continue, given persistent emission of greenhouse gases, primarily by the world’s industrialized countries. These transformations, although non-linear, profoundly affect both weather and climate in much of the Northern Hemisphere, and spur political dynamics that force governments and organizations to form new policies toward the Arctic region. Numerous factors, including changes in energy prices, global shipping trends, environmental and governance policies all impact the trajectory and pace of Arctic development. Given Russia’s dominant position in the region, the country’s Arctic policies and relations with the outside world have a particularly strong bearing on the regional development. This article examines the “signals” (ongoing trends), the “noise” (short-term fluctuations) and the “swans” (the wild cards) in the environmental changes in the Arctic and their geopolitical implications. Considering the rate and scope of the multilayered regional transformations, this paper argues that it is best to focus on the signals and not the noise, or the short-term fluctuations, while hedging, to the best of our ability, against the wild cards.</p><p><a href="http://muse.jhu.edu/login?auth=0&type=summary&url=/journals/sais_review/v035/35.1.zysk.html">Read the full article in SAIS Review of International Affairs</a> <br></p>
Andreas Østhagen. 2015. "Coastguards in peril: a study of Arctic defence collaboration". Defence StudiesAndreas Østhagen. 2015. "Coastguards in peril: a study of Arctic defence collaboration". Defence Studies<p>​Defence collaboration is on the political agenda in most western countries. Simultaneously, maritime activity in the Arctic region is growing, spurring demand for various coast guard tasks of both civilian and military characters. How can defence collaboration be applied to deal with a changing situation in the Arctic? Arctic coastal states are facing heightened risks, and their various coast guard structures have to provide extended capacities for a number of tasks. Simultaneously, most Arctic coast guards are experiencing a stretch in capabilities, as demand grows. This study asks whether it is purposeful – or even possible – to conduct defence collaboration on coast guard tasks in the Arctic. Subsequently, what are the drivers of, and challenges to, such collaboration, and what forms can it take? Canada, Denmark and Norway form the basis of this comparative study, given their status as NATO members and small-to-medium powers with prominent geographical positions in the North Atlantic/Arctic oceans.</p><p><a href="http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/UkhxrH7CdFpegfTZy2GQ/full">Go to Defence Studies to read full text</a><br></p>
Helge Danielsen. 2015. "American Culture as 'High Culture': U.S. Cultural Diplomacy in Norway, 1950-65". In Nordic Cold War Studies, Aleksanteri Cold War SeriesHelge Danielsen. 2015. "American Culture as 'High Culture': U.S. Cultural Diplomacy in Norway, 1950-65". In Nordic Cold War Studies, Aleksanteri Cold War Series<p>​<em>Nordic Cold War Cultures</em> explores representations of the cultural Cold War in the five Nordic countries. Taking into account various political contexts, the ten contributions—written by Nordic scholars—analyze the interaction between Nordic actors and the two superpowers, the United States and the Soviet Union through propaganda, cultural diplomacy, media narratives, civil defense programs, the role of intellectuals, and the politics of memory. The volume adds a depth to a narrative otherwise dominated by political and diplomatic approaches and creates insights into the cultural experiences of each Nordic country. It demonstrates how a combination of cultural and political approaches can help explain symbolic interactions and hierarchical relationships as well as elite and public perceptions of—and attitudes towards—the Cold War as an ideological struggle.</p><p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.helsinki.fi/aleksanteri/english/publications/presentations/coldwar_series/cws_2015_2_nordic.html">Go to Aleksanteri Institute's website for more information</a><br></p>

 Books and reports

 

 

Petersson (2015): The US NATO Debate. From Libya to Ukraine<img alt="" src="/media/PubImages/Petersson_US_NATO%20debate_ill_ferdig.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Petersson (2015): The US NATO Debate. From Libya to UkraineMagnus Petersson looks at US expectations to its European allies. Do the Americans want to pull back and leave the Europeans to handle their own security challenges?http://forsvaret.no/ifs/en/petersson_2015_the-us-nato-debate-from-libya-to-ukraine
Bekkevold & Sinha (eds.) (2015): Arctic: Commerce, Governance and Policy <img alt="" src="/media/PubImages/bekkevold_sinha_Arctic_atikkel_orig.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Bekkevold & Sinha (eds.) (2015): Arctic: Commerce, Governance and Policy The book examines drivers and motivations of Asian countries’ entry into the Arctic, and its impact on commerce, policy and governance in the Arctic. http://forsvaret.no/ifs/arctic_commerce_governance_and-_policy
Bekkevold, Bowers & Raska (eds.) (2015): Security, Strategy and Military Change in the 21st Century <img alt="" src="/media/PubImages/f-35-testing__high.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Bekkevold, Bowers & Raska (eds.) (2015): Security, Strategy and Military Change in the 21st Century This edited volume explores and analyses strategic thinking, military reform and adaptation in an era of Asian growth, European austerity and US rebalancing. http://forsvaret.no/ifs/book_security-strategy-and-military-change-in-the-21st-century

 Upcoming events

 

 

IFS seminar: Russian Strategic Thinking<img alt="" src="/media/PubImages/seminar_russia_hanna_smith_ingress.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />IFS seminar: Russian Strategic Thinking9/10/2015 8:00:00 AM9/10/2015 9:30:00 AM2015-09-10T09:30:00Z2015-09-10T08:00:00ZForedraghttp://forsvaret.no/ifs/ifs-seminar-russian-strategic-thinking

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