Watch the webinar recording here: Nordic Security Perspectives in the Arctic

Arctic security is increasingly recognized as an important topic. As relations between NATO and Russia have deteriorated, the strategic importance of the Arctic and the North Atlantic has been underscored.

Norway – which shares a border and maritime boundary with Russia in the north – faces a more challenging security environment, with an increase in Russian military activity and modernized capabilities. Allied activity, presence, and exercises closely coordinated are ever more important. The Kingdom of Denmark is aware of great power competition between the United States and China, as well as security concerns for NATO. At the same time, both Norway and the Kingdom of Denmark have a range of foreign and domestic policy concerns as they safeguard their Arctic maritime and land domains, while working to ensure ”High North, low tension.”

Please join the Wilson Center’s Polar Institute, Fulbright Arctic Initiative, and Fridtjof Nansen Institute for a discussion about these common concerns and challenges—with particular focus on how these two Nordic countries perceive and approach security in the Arctic and how they can work closer together with stakeholders in the United States to achieve their common goals.




Ambassador Anniken Ramberg Krutnes

Ambassador Anniken Ramberg Krutnes

Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway to the United States

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Ambassador Lone Dencker Wisborg

Ambassador of the Kingdom of Denmark to the United States


Michael Sfraga

Michael Sfraga

Chair & Distinguished Fellow, Polar Institute // Chair, US Arctic Research Commission


Andreas Østhagen

Dr. Andreas Østhagen

Senior Researcher, Fridtjof Nansen Institute and High North Center; Fulbright Fellow, Polar Institute, Wilson Center

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Ph.D.-fellow Sara Olsvig

Ph.D.-fellow, Centre for Foreign & Security Policy at University of Greenland

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Dr. Kristian Søby Kristensen

Senior Researcher, Centre for Military Studies at University of Copenhagen





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