Defence Cooperation in the EU: implications for Norway and Finland<img alt="" src="/media/PubImages/2018-05-30%20PESCO%20summary_ingress%20II.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Defence Cooperation in the EU: implications for Norway and FinlandWednesday 30 May 2018, the Embassy of Finland in Oslo and IFS co-hosted a conference on the latest developments in EU’s defence cooperation and its implications for Norway and Finland. http://forsvaret.no/ifs/en/events/defence-cooperation-eu-norway-finland
Conference summary: Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF)<img alt="" src="/media/PubImages/2018-05-30%20JEF_ingress.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Conference summary: Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF)Wednesday 30 May, representatives from Norway, Sweden, Finland and the UK met at IFS to discuss the multinational Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF). Keynote speaker was Frank Bakke-Jensen, the Norwegian Minister of Defence.http://forsvaret.no/ifs/en/events/summary-joint-expeditionary-force-jef
Russian Security and Defence in Putin’s last term<img alt="" src="/media/PubImages/2018-05-29%20Russlandseminar_ingress.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Russian Security and Defence in Putin’s last termOn 29 May 2018, IFS launched its new Russian Security and Defence Programme. IFS researchers shared their insights on the rapid developments in Russia’s security and defence over the past decade. http://forsvaret.no/ifs/en/events/summary-event-russian-security-defence-putin



 Articles and chapters in books

 

 

Zysk, Katarzyna. 2018. "Escalation and Nuclear Weapons in Russia’s Military Strategy." RUSI Journal, online 25 MayZysk, Katarzyna. 2018. "Escalation and Nuclear Weapons in Russia’s Military Strategy." RUSI Journal, online 25 May<p>​<span style="color:#333333;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:17.6px;">The assessment that Russia envisages limited nuclear first use, potentially including low-yield nuclear weapons, as a coercive advantage over a symmetrical adversary has contributed to justify additional capabilities in the US nuclear arsenal. Contrary to the critics’ claims, Katarzyna Zysk shows that the Russian military strategy has been corroborated in strategic documents and official statements, defence acquisition programmes and deployments, and operational pattern.</span><br></p><p><span style="color:#333333;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:17.6px;"><a href="https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/03071847.2018.1469267">Read the article on Taylor & Francis Online. </a></span></p><p>Artikkelen kan ligge bak betalingsmur. Ta kontakt med Forsvarets høgskoles bibliotek<br></p>
Saxi, Håkon Lunde. 2018. "Norwegian Perspectives on Baltic Sea Security" In Strategic Challenges in the Baltic Region: Russia, Deterrence, and Reassurance, Edited by Ann-Sofie DahlSaxi, Håkon Lunde. 2018. "Norwegian Perspectives on Baltic Sea Security" In Strategic Challenges in the Baltic Region: Russia, Deterrence, and Reassurance, Edited by Ann-Sofie Dahl<p>​How should the countries in the Baltic Sea region and their allies meet the strategic challenges posed by an openly aggressive and expansionist Russia? NATO and the nonaligned states in the region are now more concerned about an external threat than they have been since the end of the Cold War. Russia has been probing air space, maritime boundaries, and even land borders from the Baltic republics to Sweden. Russia's undermining of Ukraine and annexation of Crimea worries former Soviet republics with Russian minority populations, nonaligned Sweden and Finland are enhancing their cooperation with NATO, and the Trump presidency has created some doubt about America's willingness to follow through on NATO's collective defense commitment. </p><p><a href="http://press.georgetown.edu/book/georgetown/strategic-challenges-baltic-sea-region" target="_blank">Go to Georgetown University Press.</a><br></p>
Røseth, Tom. 2018. "Moscow’s Response to a Rising China: Russia’s Partnership Policies in Its Military Relations with Beijing"Røseth, Tom. 2018. "Moscow’s Response to a Rising China: Russia’s Partnership Policies in Its Military Relations with Beijing"<p>​<span style="color:#333333;font-family:"open sans", sans-serif;font-size:17.6px;">This article analyzes Moscow’s orientation toward Beijing. While China’s rise raises worries for most neighboring states, it appears that for Russia, security concerns vis-à-vis the United States and NATO outweigh other considerations. Russo–Chinese military cooperation has increased through high-tech arms trade, bilateral exercises, and improved border relations. The article asks whether Moscow is downplaying a pragmatic partnership policy in favor of a more permanent strategic approach in its military policies toward China. By pursuing arms sales and bilateral exercises, Russia allows for vulnerability in its cooperation with China, indicating a strategic partnership. At the same time, deployments along the common border point to safeguarding and pragmatic elements, revealing a not fully coherent strategy.</span><br></p>
Elgsaas, Ingvill M. 2017. "Counterterrorism in the Russian Arctic: legal framework and central actors." Arctic and North Elgsaas, Ingvill M. 2017. "Counterterrorism in the Russian Arctic: legal framework and central actors." Arctic and North <p>​Russia’s strategic interests in the Arctic coupled with a complex and diffuse terrorist threat has produced a niche topic: Arctic counterterrorism. Arctic counterterrorism is a new and underdeveloped topic that has received only limited attention. This article contributes a discussion of the legal framework and the main actors involved in countering terrorism in the Russian Arctic. The author finds that the legal framework for counterterrorism is extensive yet centered in core documents. Similarly, counterterrorism involves many and varied actors united in a relatively simple and streamlined national system for counterterrorism. Current legal regulation and organisation provide a solid base that may support efficient management of counterterrorism, also in the Arctic. A notable strength is the concentration of coordination responsibilities in the hands of one central actor, the FSB. Another important characteristic is that the system is symmetrical and follows Russia’s federal organisation with coordinating bodies for all regions including those in the Arctic. Counterterrorism legislation is kept up to date and the trend is towards tougher punishments and a wide understanding of terrorist offenses. A potential weak spot is the unclear role of the newly formed National Guard. The uncertainty surrounding the role of the National Guard in the fight against terrorism may challenge the FSB and weaken coordination of the system for counterterrorism in the future.</p><p><a href="https://narfu.ru/upload/iblock/377/06_Elgsaas.pdf">Read the article here. </a><br><br></p>

 Books and reports

 

 

Saxi: The UK Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF)<img alt="" src="/media/PubImages/IFS%20Insights_5_2018_Saxi_ingress.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Saxi: The UK Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF)The UK and eight partner nations have developed a force capable of conducting a full-spectrum of operations. The JEF reinforces the close ties between this group of northern European states in order to meet the challenges of uncertain times.http://forsvaret.no/ifs/Publikasjoner/ifs-insights-kronologisk-(2010-)/saxi-the-uk-joint-expeditionary-force-(jef)
Mayer: Artificial Intelligence and Cyber Power<img alt="" src="/media/PubImages/IFS%20Insights%204_2018%20Mayer%20hovedbilde_ingress.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Mayer: Artificial Intelligence and Cyber PowerThis report provides an overview of the strategic aspects of AI and cyber power.http://forsvaret.no/ifs/Publikasjoner/ifs-insights-kronologisk-(2010-)/ifs-insights-mayer-ai-cyber-strategy-overhead
Tunsjø: China's rise and strategic adjustments in Asia and Europe<img alt="" src="/media/PubImages/IFS%20Insights_1_2018_Tunsjø_ingress.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Tunsjø: China's rise and strategic adjustments in Asia and EuropeIFS Insights 1/2018. Focusing on the rise of China will allow us to gauge the direction of US defence and security policy and provide a better understanding of how Norway can maintain strong ties with its most important ally.http://forsvaret.no/ifs/Publikasjoner/ifs-insights-kronologisk-(2010-)/china-s-rise-and-strategic-adjustments-in-asia-and-europe

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