Securing Northern Europe: Toward a comprehensive approach

British Army convoy arrives in Malmö, Sweden after crossing the Oresund Bridge. In October 2018, a convoy of 71 military vehicles including Foxhound, Husky, Land Rover and variants of MAN trucks, together with troops from the 1st Battalion, Royal Irish Regiment, 32 Regiment Royal Artillery and 1st Battalion Lancashire Regiment of the British Army crossed the famous Oresund Bridge, which connects Denmark and Sweden. The bridge-crossing was part of their 2,000-km journey from the Hook of Holland to Norway, where they will participate in exercise Trident Juncture 18.

As Northern Europe finds itself on the front line of systemic great-power competition it has to consider three main challenges: an assertive Russia, changing dynamics in the transatlantic link, and the development of a European defense. This present a unique window of opportunity to develop a comprehensive regional approach, bringing together the Baltic Sea, the North Atlantic and the Arctic.

In this new issue brief, “Securing Northern Europe: Toward A Comprehensive Approach,” Director for Northern Europe Anna Wieslander and Project Assistant Elin Schiffer explore both military and political reasons for a more coordinated perspective for Northern Europe, laying the foundation for joint perceptions of the region’s challenges, interests, and opportunities.