Accession Number : ADA309778

Title :   Challenges to Norwegian National Security Policy in a Changing Europe.

Descriptive Note : Study rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : Holen, Arild

PDF Url : ADA309778

Report Date : 13 MAY 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 27

Abstract : As the positive political changes in continental Europe cause the central front to wither away, it becomes more apparent that the northern region faces new strategic challenges. Although there seem to be a common apprehension in the Western World that the previous threat from eastern Europe is gone, the tuture of the previous Soviet strategic forces is unclear as is the long term role of Russia on the world's scene. Unless this insecurity is properly addressed by the US and the NATO alliance the security environment is llkely to change dramatically for Norway. The study adresses the changing Norwegian security environment and the importance of the Trans - Atlantic link to the United States and the importance of the NATO Alliance. Of particular importance is the process of enlarging the NATO Alliance. An extension of NATO should be based on the continued evaluation of the overall development in Europe and take place only in the case of serious setbacks in the relationship between Russia and the western world. In the case that NATO in the fliture should cease to be the forum for collective European security with flill American participation, Norway may well find it her best interests to seek a bilateral agreement on friendship, support, and mutual security with the United States. The realism in this approach will be heavily dependent upon the US role in the world in a long term perspective.

Descriptors :   *NATIONAL SECURITY, *THREATS, *NORWAY, USSR, NATO, EUROPE, GLOBAL, UNITED STATES, POLICIES, POLITICAL SCIENCE, ENVIRONMENTS, MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN), POLITICAL ALLIANCES, RUSSIA, STRATEGIC WARFARE, COMBAT FORCES, EASTERN EUROPE.

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE