- We have not changed our minds about Andøya, says Espen Barth Eide while arguing both for and against the closing of Andøya airbase. (Photo Moritz Hager/Wikimedia Commons)

Editorial: Security Policy Crofters

26/09/2017

The dance around Andøya Airport continues, though the dance steps are neither elegant nor in line with the music. Furthermore, it reveals a recurring problem: A lack of defense and security policy competence from a northern point of view.



IFS ansatt Øystein Tunsjø. Professor ved Institutt for forsvarsstudier, og Asia-ekspert. (Foto: IFS)

“China’s Economic Growth Creates Significant Security Challenges in the High North”

25/09/2017

“We will have to rely a lot heavier on our own defense capacities in order to deter in the coming years”, says Øystein Tunsjø of the Norwegian Institute for Defense Studies. “The High North is far down on the list of priorities for Norway’s most important ally, the USA”, says the professor and Asia expert to High North News.



IFS ansatt Øystein Tunsjø. Professor ved Institutt for forsvarsstudier, og Asia-ekspert. (Foto: IFS)

– Kinas økonomiske vekst skaper store sikkerhetsutfordringer i nord

25/09/2017

– I årene som kommer må vi i langt større grad belage oss på egne forsvarskapasiteter for å avskrekke, sier Øystein Tunsjø ved Institutt for forsvarsstudier. – Nordområdene står langt nede på prioriteringslista til Norges viktigste allierte, USA, sier professoren og Asia-eksperten.



Kimek Offshore’s Russian employees involved in service at Skarv FPSO, Kværner Stord back in 2011. A great example of a new mindset.  (Photo: Kimek Offshore AS)

Op-Ed: A new mindset needed for cross-border cooperation in the Barents? 

22/09/2017

What are success factors and challenges for further development of cross-border business cooperation in the Barents?



Torbjørn Naimak, Regional Manager of the Norwegian Public Road Administration believes Norway will join a railway project with Finland. (Photo: Knut Opeide/Norwegian Public Road Administration)

Believes Norway Will Agree to Finnish Railway Cooperation

20/09/2017

A railway between Kirkenes, Norway and Rovaniemi, Finland has long been an alternative to the Norwegian National Transportation Plan. – It has a new reality now, says Torbjørn Naima, Regional Manager of the Norwegian Public Road Administration. He also warrants a more coherent transportation plan for the High North.



The RV Polarstern (Polarstar) icebreaker in Arctic Ocean during summer 2017
(Source: Alfred Wegener Institute)

Arctic Sea Ice Recovers Slightly as it Reaches Annual Minimum

20/09/2017

Arctic sea ice extent reached an annual minimum of 4.64 million square kilometers on September 13th  according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) in Boulder, Colorado. This represents the eighth lowest extent in the 38-year satellite observation era and a slight increase over 2016 which recorded a low of 4.14 million km2.



The EU Parliament argues that the EU should end transportation of whale meat through the Union’s ports, however, Norwegian Fisheries Minister Per Sandberg says Norwegian whaling is completely legal. (Photo: Regjeringen/the Norwegian Government)

EU whale opposition is old news, says Fisheries Minister

19/09/2017

The EU Parliament argues that the EU should end transportation of whale meat through the Union’s ports, and refers to more than 13,000 whales being killed in Norway every year, despite an international ban on whaling.



Russerne advarer mot oljeutvinning i LoVeSe

Russerne advarer mot oljeutvinning i LoVeSe

15/09/2017

Russiske fiskere i nord er bekymret – og kommer med sterke advarsler om oljeutvinning i Lofoten, Senja og Vesterålen (LoVeSe). Nå vil de be russiske myndigheter om å gå videre med saken for å sikre en norsk-russisk koordinering av olje- og fiskerivirksomhet.