International perspectives on the High North
On 25 November the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies (IFS) hosted a seminar on the Norwegian government’s White Paper on the High North. Read the report here.
The seminar was held as part of Geopolitics in the High North. Speakers included Director Rolf Tamnes (IFS), Ambassador Janos Herman (Delegation of the European Union to
The White Paper outlines the Norwegian government’s strategic goals for the High North. Seminar participants described the paper as solid and as a document that follows up on previous Norwegian policy statements. One comment to the paper revealed that although its magnitude is impressive, it does not go deeply into the contents of each issue, and its style is influenced by the fact that it is created through an interdepartmental process. An accurate understanding of the government’s High North policy may be found by reading the White Paper together with other policy statements and documents on different issue areas in the north, such as energy and defence. Furthermore, it was remarked that around 2003/2004, Norwegian High North policy largely referred to foreign policy in the northern near abroad, while today, the High North policy reflects the government’s ambitions both domestically, in the Norwegian north, as well as internationally, in promoting Arctic cooperation on a bilateral and multilateral basis.
The seminar confirmed that other actors, including the
The Institute for Defence Studies would like to thank all participants for contributing to a timely discussion of Arctic affairs in view of the recently released White Paper.