Russia and the Atlantic Community : Norway as Part of Something Greater

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Title: Russia and the Atlantic Community : Norway as Part of Something Greater
Author: Whyte, Breandán
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Faculty of Arts
Publisher: Helsingin yliopisto
Date: 2021
Language: eng
URI: http://urn.fi/URN:NBN:fi:hulib-202110263934
http://hdl.handle.net/10138/335701
Thesis level: master's thesis
Degree program: Venäjän tutkimuksen maisteriohjelma
Master's Programme in Russian Studies
Magisterprogrammet i ryska studier
Specialisation: ei opintosuuntaa
no specialization
ingen studieinriktning
Abstract: The past two decades has seen significant shifts (or a rebound) in Russian foreign policy, ranging from Putin’s pragmatic cooperation to a new line of assertiveness under a “rhetoric of resistance” against a perceived US-led Atlantic expansionism. The incommensurate views between Moscow and the Atlantic Community regarding the political layout of the post-Cold War order has seen the emergence of what some would describe as a New Cold War on the European continent. With it has come a renewed focus on Northern Europe and the Arctic. For smaller Nordic countries such as Norway, the collapse of the USSR brough a general optimism that Oslo’s geopolitical position between Moscow and Washington belonged to the past. However, the re-emergence of a Muscovite State capable and willing to assert its interests in opposition to Washington’s hegemonic interests has made it clear that these predictions had not come to pass. During the immediate post-Cold War period, Norwegian foreign and security policy underwent significant shifts in pursuit of its partnership interests vis-à-vis the United States. As such, Norway finds itself increasingly in a squeeze between its partnership interests and increased dependency vis-à-vis United States, and its position as a good neighbour towards Russia. As such, this thesis aims to understand on what grounds Russian perspectives may increasingly come to view Norway as a growing operational piece for US-led ‘post-Cold War expansive Cold War liberal order’?
Subject: International Relations
Security Studies
Russia
Norway
America
the Atlantic Community
NATO
foreign policy
great power politics
the Arctic


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