Book launch at RUSI in London


On Wednesday 6 March, Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) published the book NATO and the North Atlantic: Revitalising Collective Defence in London.

Defence Attaché colonel John Andreas Olsen at the Norwegian Embassy in London is editor of the book, which contains six chapters by the following contributors: Professor Rolf Tamnes of the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies; Professor Malcolm Chalmers of RUSI; Dr. John Hamre and Heather Conley of Centre for Strategic International Studies (CSIS); Svein Efjestad, Director of Security Policy at the Norwegian Ministry of Defence; Vice Admiral of Royal Navy, Peter Hudson; Dr. Peter Roberts from RUSI; and Admiral of US Navy James Stavridis. The preface was written by General Philip M. Breedlove.

The book about NATO and the North Atlantic was initiated by the Ministry of Defence to strengthen American and British interest of the north, and to promote the geostrategic and security policy significance of the Norwegian seas.

The chapters in the book address the significance of transatlantic relations in the military-political development in the North Atlantic; considers changes in NATO that will secure necessary priority to the defence of the North Atlantic, and discusses the implications for the defence of Norway. The book focuses on why the maritime north is important, what the continuing and new challenges are and how the US, the UK and Norway can best contribute to securing open supply lines and sea control within NATO’s area of responsibility.

The launch at RUSI is the first in a series of conferences that will continue at the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies in Oslo, Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Washington DC, and in Paris, Brussels, Den Haag, Copenhagen, Berlin, Reykjavik and Dublin during the spring.

See link to the publication on RUSI's website.