Regional Cooperation and Security in the Baltic Sea Rim
My intention is to give you my views on how regional cooperation processes influence the state of security on the Baltic Sea Rim. Geographically, I will refer to the Northern European sub-region comprising the nine littoral states of the Baltic Sea — Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, and Sweden — but also Norway and Iceland in as much as they participate in existing regional institutions. I have structured my paper into three parts. I shall start with the issues present in the Baltic security agenda; I will then proceed with the question of how security concerns of the countries involved are reflected in the context of both regional and wider European cooperation; and I will offer some evaluation of advantages and limitations that Baltic Sea regional cooperation encompasses as a tool aimed at enhancing security in the region.
KeywordsSecurity Policy Regional Cooperation Baltic State European Security Nordic Council
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