Nordic Mutual strategic Interests - A First Assessment

Authors:

  • Mike Winnerstig

Publish date: 2009-12-23

Report number: FOI-R--2870--SE

Pages: 14

Written in: Swedish

Keywords:

  • The Nordic states
  • mutual strategic interests
  • Nordic co-operation
  • security policy
  • defence policy
  • Sweden
  • Norway

Abstract

FOI Defence Analysis arranged a workshop for an ad hoc Finnish-Swedish-Norwegian joint working group under the NORDSUP umbrella on Oct. 14-16, 2009. The goal was to try to identify mutual, Nordic strategic interests. For different reasons, no Danish or Icelandic representatives were able to be present. the results should therefore not be regarded as taking Danish or Icelandic interests or views into account. Methodologically, a taxonomy of "core strategic interests", "current grand strategy interests" and "political-military objectives" was developed. Then, national presentations based on the major political declarations, bills and other ranking documents from each of the three nations were made. From these presentations, the working group collectively analysed the national presentations and tried to identify all interests in those that could be regarded - after interpretation - as "mutual". Finally, some of the results were qualified due to certain national concerns.

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