NATO Arctic Policy in Statu Nascendi

Podvorna, Olena and Zhovtenko, Taras (2019) NATO Arctic Policy in Statu Nascendi. Romanian Political Science Reviewr, XIX (2). pp. 163-186.

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Having played a substantial role in the bipolar period, the Arctic has found itself at the “backyard” of international politics after the Cold War. During the last decade of the XXth century, the Arctic was the priority issue only for the littoral states. The Russian
expedition to the North Pole in the so-called “last scramble” for energy resources drew regional interest of a wide range of international actors, including NATO. The Alliance faced a serious task of elaborating its policy in the Arctic to meet its member-states’ and
associated partners’ modern-day reality expectations. NATO started close cooperation with Norway trying to shape a policy that could bring an added value to the region in terms of positive security thinking, largely dominating European agenda after the Cold
War. However, a rapid change of the security situation since the beginning of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict has shifted the Alliance’s agenda towards the continent and
its relations with Moscow raising concerns about the revival of the traditional bipolar thinking about the security and prospective remilitarization of the Arctic. It is vital for the Alliance to shape its policy, both strategically and tactically, to face those security
challenges and guarantee peace and stability in the Arctic.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: NATO, the Arctic, security, collective defense, Russian Federation
Subjects: by fields of science > Politics
Divisions: The College of International Relationship > Department of Country Studies
Depositing User: Галина Цеп'юк
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2020 09:09
Last Modified: 28 Jan 2020 09:09

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