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Potential for Nordic-Baltic security cooperation: shared threat perception strengthens regional collaboration

Potentiale der nordisch-baltischen Sicherheitskooperation: eine gemeinsame Bedrohungswahrnehmung verstärkt die regionale Zusammenarbeit

Opitz, Christian

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Corporate Editor Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik -SWP- Deutsches Institut für Internationale Politik und Sicherheit
Abstract All the Nordic and Baltic states are concerned about the deteriorating security situation in northern Europe. Most of all, military tensions in the Baltic region engender a collective threat perception vis-à-vis Russia. The pressure to respond is boosting a historically rooted security cooperation between the Nordic and Baltic states. A shifting of priorities is becoming apparent within the institutional cooperation, which is moving from a forum of exchange towards a shared framework of action. The countries involved are responding to traditional military threats and new security challenges with intensified and innovative cooperation. This problem-driven Nordic-Baltic security cooperation could also serve as a model for other regional formats, such as the Visegrád Group. (author's abstract)
Keywords Baltic States; Northern Europe; Baltic region; defense policy; security policy; civil-military cooperation; political relations; threat; strategy; NATO; international cooperation; international relations
Classification Peace and Conflict Research, International Conflicts, Security Policy
Document language English
Publication Year 2015
City Berlin
Page/Pages 4 p.
Series SWP Comments, 40/2015
ISSN 1861-1761
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications