Columbia International Affairs Online: Working Papers

CIAO DATE: 06/2009

Towards cooperation or confrontation? Security in the High North

Sven G. HoltSmark

February 2009

NATO Defense College


The High North is currently a fair distance away from the focal points of NATO and its member countries. Rather, the ongoing war in Afghanistan and the experiences from Iraq, the growing attention to the Middle East and the Mediterraneanm and the recent naval operation off the coast of Somalia dominate the NATO agenda.