The security situation in Northern Europe has in recent years become more challenging and unpredictable. Traditional and unconventional threats combined with increased pressure on national defence budgets make cooperation among allies, partners and neighbours increasingly important.
Closer cooperation through bilateral agreements and in the framework of multilateral institutions and regional groupings contributes to strengthen national and collective defence capabilities. However, multinational cooperation also poses a range of challenges, from the practical to the political, and raises dilemmas with regard to national sovereignty and allied cohesion.
SNE is a multi-year research programme (April 2013–December 2018) that explores drivers, opportunities and constraints for security and defence cooperation in Northern Europe. Its main purpose is to contribute insights on developments in security and cooperation patterns in the region, through research projects, collaboration with international partners and seminars.
Programme partners in the period 2017–2018 are
- Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
- Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)
- German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP).
Current thematic priorities
- Security and defence cooperation on NATO's northern maritime flank.
- Strategies of and approaches to deterrence and collective defence.
The SNE programme organises seminars, conferences and workshops with subject matter experts and decision makers, and publish research-based studies, analyses and comments.
Programme funding: Norwegian Ministry of Defence