Introduksjon til fokusnummer: Norge, nordområdene og utenrikspolitikk ('Introduction to Focus Issue: Norway, the High North and Foreign Policy')

Internasjonal Politikk, Vol 78, No 4, 2020, pp. 445-455

When the Norwegian government presents a new report to the parliament on its High North policy in the autumn of 2020, almost a decade has passed since the previous report was presented. A lot has changed since then, not least in the form of China’s emergence, increased tensions between NATO and Russia, and a reactionary US president. The High North and the entire circumpolar Arctic have become an arena for symbol politics and military exercise activity, while the Arctic countries continue to co-operate on a number of issues. In the middle of this is Norway. This introductory article to the focus issue on Norway, the High North and foreign policy examines the broad lines of developments in recent years with regard to Norway’s position and role in the north. It also introduces the other contributions and points to some of the most relevant findings that are being discussed.



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