The Political and Economic Context

  • Clive Archer


The military situation in the Northern Flank — and, indeed, the security pattern in Northern Europe described in other chapters of this book — depends, of necessity, primarily on factors external to the region. Examinations of the defence of the area have stressed the contribution of American and British forces, and Johan Jørgen Holst (Chapter 3) has described its regional security as being ‘woven into various dimensions of the East-West military competition’.l However, certain political and economic elements in the region itself are worthy of examination as they help to explain the security policies (including the defence postures) of the Nordic states which are so central to the area. They also pose choices in the future for the governments of those countries.


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