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Nordic Forum for Security Policy 2014

Nordic Forum for Security Policy 2014

The Arctic and Barents Regions: Cooperation, Human Rights, and Security Challenges. The Norwegian Helsinki Committee is co-organizing the Nordic Forum for Security Policy 2014 together with the Finnish Committee for European Security (STETE), the Swedish OSCE-network (OSSE-nätverket and the University of Tromsø. The Forum wil take place in Tromsø, at the University of Tromsø from 12-14 November. You can register as a participant below.

Venue: University of Tromsø, the Arctic University
Time: 12-14 November 2014

Forum website: http://eng.stete.org/tromsoslash-2014.html

Registration: http://eng.stete.org/registration.html

The Nordic Forum for Security Policy’s main aim is to raise awareness and enhance dialogue on the Nordic-Baltic-Russian security-related topics, and it has emerged as the leading discussion platform on that topic. In 2014 the Nordic Forum will concentrate on cooperation and common challenges in the Arctic region and the main conference of the Forum is going to take place in northern Norway, in Tromsø. While the principal coordinator of the Forum is the Finnish Committee for European Security (STETE), the project will be organized and executed in cooperation with the Swedish OSCE-network (OSSE-nätverket), the Norwegian Helsinki Committee, and the University of Tromsø.

The 2014 Nordic Forum will discuss a range of issues from preparedness to oil leaks or other environmental catastrophes and rescue operations, to living conditions of the indigenous people. The role of the civil society is of outmost importance when discussing Arctic matters, e.g. as monitor of the geopolitical interests playing out in the region, as well as watchdog for protecting the vulnerable Arctic nature as well as the social rights of the people. STETE and its partners in arranging the 2014 Nordic Forum have a long history of actions in support of civil society cooperation and empowerment.

Background

The Nordic Forum for Security Policy is arranged every second year by The Finnish Committee for European Security in cooperation with other regional actors in the Baltic Sea Region. The Forum has been built to replace the security network, the ‘Working Group for a Nuclear Weapon-Free Zone in the Nordic Area’, and it has since 1987 become an increasingly important forum for dialogue and opinion formation. The Nordic Forum’s agenda was originally based on purely Nordic security issues, but since the beginning of the 1990’s it has increasingly embraced Baltic and Russian affairs in its programs and the focus has slightly shifted from hard security towards softer security issues.

 

The Nordic Forum for Security Policy 2014 is the fourteenth Forum meeting. The previous Nordic Forum was organised in Vilnius in 2012. Broad security politics developments in the Arctic region, the overarching topic in the next Nordic Forum is extremely timely. The Arctic region has become increasingly important in economic and political terms. The region’s oil and gas resources and the Northeast Passage stimulate increased interest of international actors. The increasing number of actors in the region also augments security threats.

 

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