Looking North: Britain’s revitalised interest in the northern areas of Europe

(Espen Barth Eide (left) and Philip Hammond (right) signing the Defence MoU Source: http://www.regjeringen.no/en/dep/fd/aktuelt/nyheter/2012/skrev-under-samarbeidsavtale-med-storbri.html?id=674220)

The Defence Ministers of Britain and Norway recently came together to sign a Memorandum of Understanding ‘On the Enhancement of Bilateral Defence Co-operation’. From a British perspective, the move underscores renewed strategic interest in the northern areas of Europe, including the Arctic region, and provides a political basis for greater defence cooperation with Norway.

In an article for RUSI.org, Duncan Depledge considers the driving forces behind this shift in strategic thinking, particularly with regard to the way in which the Arctic increasingly demands the attention of British defence planners.

Duncan Depledge is a PhD student in the Department of Geography at Royal Holloway and a Research Analyst at the Royal United Services Institute (a leading security and defence think-tank based in Whitehall). 

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