Nordic and Arctic Affairs: Icleand’s National Security Policy – Latest Progress
Authors: Alyson JK Bailes and Kristmundur Þór Ólafsson
Efforts to produce Iceland’s first-ever comprehensive national security policy began in 2008, but have been slowed by the economic crash and changes of government. A report from a parliament (Alþingi) working group in February 2014 reflects – for the first time – a broad political consensus on a national security strategy embracing new, non-military security challenges. It supports, with one party dissenting, continued membership in NATO. The way is open for the government to draft an official strategy on this basis.