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Strategic Resources and Security in the High North – Challenges for Norway

This PhD study will examine Norwegian security policy in the High North in connection with the global energy situation and the race for scarce and strategic (petroleum) resources. Which regional impacts will the global resource situation have for the High North? What will Norway's place and role be as a small state, but also as a significant energy power, amongst big powers in a (potential) geopolitical game for resources in the High North? There are still sound reasons for seeing these challenges from different security perspectives. A set of perspectives on security will be examined and discussed, ranging from the more classic and narrow understandings to broader and new definitions such as "securitization", "environmental security" and "human security".

Project leader: Leif Christian Jensen

Project period: 2007-2013


Jensen, Leif Christian, International Relations in the Arctic: Norway and the Struggle for Power in the New North. London, I.B. Tauris, 2016, 288 p.

Jensen, Leif Christian, Norway on a High in the North: A Discourse Analysis of Policy Framing. Doctoral dissertation, University of Tromsø, 2012, 155 p.

Jensen, Leif Christian, 'Seduced and Surrounded by Security: A Post-Structuralist Take on Norwegian High North Securitizing Discourses'. Cooperation and Conflict, Vol 48, No 1, 2013, pp. 80-99.

Kristoffersen, Berit and Leif Christian Jensen, 'Nordområdepolitikken: A license to drill?' ('The Norwegian High North Initiative: A License to Drill?'). Tvergastein, Vol 1, No 2, 2012, pp. 74-80. In Norwegian.

Jensen, Leif Christian, 'Norwegian petroleum extraction in Arctic waters to save the environment: introducing ‘discourse co-optation’ as a new analytical term', Critical Discourse Studies, Vol 9, No 1, 2012, pp. 29-38.

Jensen, Leif Christian and Geir Hønneland, 'Framing the High North: Public Discourses in Norway after 2000'. Acta Borealia, Vol 8, No 1, 2011, pp. 37-54.

Jensen, Leif Christian, Øystein Jensen and Svein Vigeland Rottem, 'Norwegian Foreign Policy in the High North: Energy, International Law and Security'. Atlantisch Perspectief, Vol 35, No 3, 2011, pp. 15-19.

Jensen, Leif Christian, 'Norsk oljeboring for å hjelpe miljøet: Diskurskooptering som nytt analytisk begrep' ('Norwegian Oil Drilling to Help the Environment: Introducing "Discourse Cooptation" as a New Analytical Term'). Norsk Statsvitenskapelig Tidsskrift, Vol 26, No 3, 2010, pp. 185-203. In Norwegian.

Jensen, Leif Christian, 'Olje- og gasskompromiss i nord?' ('Compromise on Oil and Gas in the North?'), Nordlys, 23.07.2010. In Norwegian.

Jensen, Leif Christian and Svein Vigeland Rottem, 'NATO i nord?' ('NATO in the North?'), Nordlys, 15.06.2010. In Norwegian.

Jensen, Leif Christian and Pål Wilter Skedsmo. 'Approaching the North: Norwegian and Russian Foreign Policy Discourses on the European Arctic'. Polar Research, Vol 29, 2010, pp. 439-450.

Jensen, Leif Christian, Øystein Jensen and Svein Vigeland Rottem, 'Sitting on Top of the World: The Arctic Seen through Norwegian Lenses'. In Viviane du Castel (ed), Le Grand Nord: Un nouvel enjeu trés courtisé. L'exemple de la mer de Barents, Norvége. Paris, L'Harmattan, 2010, pp. 19-30.

Skedsmo, Pål og Leif Christian Jensen, 'Stein på stein i nord' ('New building blocks in the North?'), Nordlys, 26 March 2009. In Norwegian.

Jensen, Leif Christian, 'Petroleum Discourse in the European Arctic: The Norwegian Case'. Polar Record, Vol 43, No 3, 2007, pp. 247-254.
 Related focal points of research:

   Arctic and Russian politics

Project funding:

   The Norwegian Ministry of Defense

Recent relevant FNI News:

Leif Christian Jensen Obtains PhD on Norwegian Discourses of the High North (24.01.2013)

Recent media coverage:

'I Norge er olien god for miljøet' ('In Norway, oil is good for the environment'), Information, 29.04.2016. In Danish.

'Borar for miljøet' ('Drilling for the Environment'), Framtida, 30.01.2013. In Norwegian.

'"Nordområda" byr på ein vanskeleg balansegang for Noreg' ('The "High North" Presents a Difficult Balance Act for Norway'), University of Tromsø News, 21.01.2013. In Norwegian.

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