The Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies has a long tradition of historical and social science studies of Norwegian security, defence and foreign policy, including of organisations and states of direct importance to these policies.
NATO, Russia, the High North and Northern Europe therefore form natural focal points of research at the Centre for Norwegian and European Security.
Russia is an important factor in both global and European security, and its significance for Norwegian security is direct and extensive.
The centre’s research on Russia stresses the broader historical context, and emphasises in particular Russo–Norwegian relations; Russian security and defence policy; and Russian Arctic policy and energy policy.
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For geographical, cultural and political reasons, Norway enjoys strong relations with the countries of northern Europe, not least in the area of security and defence policy terms.
The United States and Great Britain have been Norway’s most important NATO allies historically, but over the past decades, Germany has become an increasingly important partner as well.
Nordic defence cooperation, which accelerated in the late 2000s, is at the same time part of a wider northern European framework for increased multinational defence cooperation within NATO and the EU.
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NATO has been key to Norwegian security policy since 1949.
IFS’ research on NATO covers a wide spectrum:
- studies of NATO’s historical and current evolution
- Norway’s and other European countries’ NATO policy
- NATO’s relations with the EU
- NATO’s role in defence and security sector reform
- and more detailed studies of specific political and organisational changes.
|ifsen_246_norpol||ifsen_393_rolftamnesstrategich||/ifs/en/Research/Norwegian-and-European-security/NATO/rolf-tamnes-strategic-high-north-cold-war||Rolf Tamnes: The strategic role of the High North during the Second Cold War||ifsen_246_norpol||http://forsvaret.no/ifs/en/Lists/RelatedPages/DispForm.aspx?ID=1292|
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