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Svein Vigeland Rottem Obtains PhD Degree on Norway's
Changing Defence Policies
(20.03.2009) Svein Vigeland
Rottem has today succesfully defended his PhD dissertation where he has
analyzed the justifications of Norway's changing defence and security policies
in the period 1999-2006.
In the last decade, the international
threat picture has become increasingly fragmented and complex while Norway's
great neighbour Russia again has become more assertive. What is the role of the
Norwegian defence in face of these new realities? How is the changing role
The dissertation is mainly empirically based, and seeks to
understand Norwegian defence and security policies in the period 1999-2006.
This was a period when the Norwegian defence was re-dimensioned for a new
reality and where we witnessed its transformation from a mobilization-based
defence into a relatively proactive Norwegian military. The dissertation
analyzes three overarching approaches to recent Norwegian defence and security
Defence of ideals.
(NATO) alliance obligations.
Defence of territorial sovereignty and sovereign
A key insight is that state security remains the backbone
of the justification of the Norwegian defence. In the dissertation, Dr. Rottem
argues that re-emergence of the High North in Norwegian security policies
underlines that state security still is the central concept when Norwegian
security policy is to be justified.
Dr. Rottem is a Senior Research
Fellow at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute, where he has worked since 2006. His
PhD dissertation Hva forsvarer Norge? Det norske forsvarets
møte med ny virkelighet ('What is Norway Defending? The Norwegian
Defence's Encounter With a New Reality') was submitted to the
Department of Political Science at the University of Tromsø in June
2008. Dr. Rottem's supervisor was Professor Alf Håkon Hoel (Department of
Political Science, University of Tromsø).
Vigeland Rottem's homepage
PhD dissertation summary (in
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