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Northern European and Transatlantic Security

The Northern European and Transatlantic Security (NOTS) project studies the security and defence policies, military resources, capabilities, operations, exercises and preparedness of the Western countries.

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The NATO-exercise "Swift Response 17" in Bulgaria 2017 (AFP/Dimitar Dilkoff)

About NOTS

Northern European and Transatlantic Security (NOTS) is a multi-annual project at FOI, which continuously follows the security and defence policy developments in the relevant countries and organisations. The main interest in our studies is the operational aspects of the security and defence policies, resources, military capabilities, operations, exercises and preparedness of the Western countries. The project also provides aggregate analyses of the military strategic development in northern Europe and of current events that affect the military conditions in the area. The project's main client is the Ministry of Defence.

NOTS analyses the security and defence policy development in:

  • Sweden’s neighbourhood (Denmark, Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and the Arctic),
  • the three major European powers (the United Kingdom, Germany and France),
  • the United States, including the Transatlantic link, as well as
  • NATO and the EU.

NOTS was created in 2015 on the basis of two previous projects focusing on security in Sweden’s neighbourhood (SIN) and Atlantic security and European crisis management (ASEK).

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The following experts work within NOTS:

Albin Aronsson is an Analyst in FOI’s Department for Security Policy and Strategic Studies, focusing on the United States and Western Europe. He has previously worked at the Swedish Defence University, the UK Ministry of Defence and the think tank Atlantic Council in Washington, D.C. Albin holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Uppsala University and a master’s degree in War studies from King’s College London.

Bengt-Göran Bergstrand is a Senior Researcher in FOI’s Department of Security Policy and Strategic Studies, focusing on defense and economic developments in various countries. He has a Master of Business Administration from the Stockholm School of Economics, and has also studied at Stockholm University and the College of Europe in Bruges. Bengt-Göran has lately published compilations on the defense efforts of NATO as well as the Baltic States. He has also worked at SIPRI and for the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA), on how defense economic data can be used for arms control and disarmament.

Robert Dalsjö is a Deputy Director of Studies in FOI’s Department of Strategy and Policy. He is a generalist in politico-military affairs, currently focusing on hard security in the Baltic Sea Region, A2/AD, European net assessment, and threshold response and deterrence. He has previously worked on Swedish and Nordic security policy, arms control, naval issues, international operations, and Sweden's role during the Cold War. Robert has also served at the Ministry of Defense and the Swedish NATO delegation. He is an active reserve officer in the Armed Forces.

Johan Engvall, is an Analyst in FOI’s Department for Security Policy and Strategic Studies, focusing on conventional arms control, security in the Baltic Sea region and domestic and foreign policy in the post-Soviet region. He is the author of several books, reports and articles on security, state-building and corruption in Central Asia. Johan has previously worked at Uppsala University, the Swedish Institute of International Affairs and has served as a consultant for the World Bank.

Eva Hagström Frisell is a Deputy Research Director in FOI’s Department for Security Policy and Strategic Studies, with European security and international operations as her expert areas. She is deputy project manager of the project Northern European and Transatlantic Security and has in recent years published reports on the security and defence policy of European states as well as military cooperation in Europe. Eva has previously served as an analyst at the Ministry of Defence and as a Strategic Advisor to the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB).

Niklas Granholm is Deputy Director of studies at FOI’s department for security policy. He has been seconded to at the Swedish Foreign- and Defence Ministries, where he worked with European defence and security related issues. Fields of analysis and studies relate to geostrategic change in the Arctic, Nordic, Transatlantic and European security and defence policy, nuclear strategic development, peace support/crisis management operations and naval and maritime strategy. He is a fellow of the Royal Swedish Society for Naval Sciences, the Royal Swedish Academy of War studies and an Associate fellow of the Royal united Services Institute (RUSI) in London.

Michael Johnson, Ph.D., is a Senior Researcher in FOI’s Department of Strategy and Policy with Interstate conflicts and non-military security threats as the main focus. He has recently published reports on Somalia, Nigeria and Syria, and contributed to a study on security and defence policy in Northern Europe. Michael has a doctorate in political science and has previously served as a consultant for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and as an operations analyst at the Swedish Defence Headquarters.

Björn Ottosson is a Researcher at FOI´s Department of Security Policy and Strategic Studies, focusing primarily on U.S. foreign, security, and defence policy, and transatlantic relations. He holds a PhD in Political Science from Stockholm University and has previously worked at Stockholm University, Södertörn University, and the Swedish Defence University. 

Krister Pallin is an Analyst in FOI’s Department of Strategy and Policy, with military doctrine, defence planning and command & control as his foremost areas of expertise. He has among other things long experience as an operations analyst within the Armed Forces and the Ministry of Defence. Krister has led several major projects within his expert areas and held various management positions within FOI. He is an active reserve officer in the Armed Forces.

Niklas H. Rossbach, Ph.D., is a Senior Researcher in FOI’s Department of Security Policy and Strategic Studies, focusing on US and European security policy. He has, among other things, written about Brexit and the strategic consequences of the new US energy production policy. Niklas holds a PhD in history from the European University Institute on Anglo-American Relations and also conducted a postdoc on psychological defence at the Changing Character of War Center at Oxford University.

Anna Sundberg is a Deputy Research Director in FOI’s Department for Societal Security and Safety, focusing on the security and defence Policy of European states, especially France. Anna has previously written several reports on the EU and the common security and defence policy. She has also worked at the National Defence College and the French research institute Fondation pour la recherche stratégique and served as analyst at the Swedish Ministry of Defence.

Emma Sjökvist is an Analyst at FOI's Department for operational support. Her main areas of focus are international operations, European security, and gender in military operations. Emma has an academic background in public policy (MA) from Central European University and international relations (BA) from the University of St. Andrews.

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Last updated: 2019-11-26