Nordic Cooperation on Civil Security – open morning seminar

Open seminar hosted by the Institute of International Affairs and Centre for Small State Studies at the University of Iceland in cooperation with the Nordic House

Monday November 24 from 9:00 to 10:30 at the Nordic House

Nordic Cooperation on Civil Security: What is happening?

In April 2009 the five Nordic countries met at Haga Palace near Stockholm to create a new high-level cooperation group.  Their initiative has never become well known but it should be, since the focus of the ‘Haga process’ is an important one for all Nordic citizens, residents and visitors. The aim of the Haga cooperation is for all Nordic countries to help each other in preventing and dealing with major natural disasters, accidents, and man-made crises that do not involve military conflict or war. If successful, such joint Nordic efforts should mean greater safety for everyone, while also saving money and giving Norden a good story to tell to the rest of the world.

But how much has the Haga process actually achieved in its first five years?  In a new joint study published in Iceland by the Centre for Small State Studies at the University of Iceland (accessible at ams.hi.is), Alyson Bailes of the University of Iceland and Carolina Sandö of the Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI) have pointed to some limitations and weaknesses, as well as strengths, of Nordic cooperation in this field. They stress the need to think harder about Nordic priorities and the obstacles to them, and also to continue Nordic efforts in relevant fields outside Haga such as the promotion of research into societal security.

This seminar will present the findings of the Bailes/Sandö report; hear reactions and comments from different viewpoints; and provide an introduction to a major new Nordic research project in which Iceland has a leading role.

Moderator: Maria Strömvik, Assistant Professor in Political Science at Lund University and Deputy Director of Lund University’s Centre for European Studies. Maria is currently a guest lecturer at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Iceland.

The programme for the event can be found here.

The seminar will take place in English and is open to all. Coffee and light refreshments will be served.

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