The Great High North Enchantment
In the first years of the twenty-first century, Norwegian politics towards Russia were in a limbo, with many initiatives ending in failure. By 2005, the prospects of Norwegian participation in offshore drilling for oil and gas on the Russian shelf in the Barents Sea had taken over as the hallmark of the new times in the North. Fresh Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre formulated his High North initiative and declared the northern regions the number one priority of Norwegian foreign policy. This chapter focuses on the public debate about the High North in Norway during the first decade of the twenty-first century. It shows how the discourse was distinctly centred on presenting the High North as “the land of the future”.
KeywordsNorwegian Arctic Strategy Norwegian High North strategy Barents Region
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