Félagar okkar halda áfram að skrifa í Kjarnanum – Bjarni Bragi Kjartansson birti þessa fréttaskýringu um ástandið í Sýrlandi í gær.
Our members continue to write for Kjarninn – Bjarni Bragi Kjartansson wrote this analysis of the situation in Syria yesterday.
Við vekjum athygli á fréttaskýringu um árásina á sjúkrahúsið í Kunduz eftir Herdís Sigugrímsdóttir, félaga Nexus.
Greinin er aðgengileg hér: http://kjarninn.is/2015/10/skammarlegt-fyrir-bandarikin-hraedilegt-fyrir-kunduz/
We’d like to bring your attention to an analysis on the bombing of the Kunduz hospital, written by Herdís Sigugrímsdóttir, a Nexus member.
The article is available here (in Icelandic): http://kjarninn.is/2015/10/skammarlegt-fyrir-bandarikin-hraedilegt-fyrir-kunduz/
Developments in Icelandic Security Policy
Authors: Alyson JK Bailes, Kristmundur Þór Ólafsson
Iceland has been slow in developing a national security concept, for reasons that include a long period of reliance on US protection post-World War Two, and divided internal views over this defence solution. Since the withdrawal of all US stationed forces in 2006, Iceland’s security partnerships have diversified and attempts have been made to frame security in more multi-functional terms. The Risk Assessment Report of 2009 made important progress in itemizing non-military threats and risks. On this basis, a cross-party parliamentary committee was invited to start work in 2012 on guidelines for a security strategy. Its report, published in March 2014, establishes a large area of consensus on ‘softer’ security issues and on remaining in NATO, with a few dissenting voices on the latter. Its main omission is a proper treatment of economic and financial security, still tied to the divisive issue of EU membership. Meanwhile, Iceland’s recent security experience in 2014 has helped to highlight the reality of both harder and softer security challenges. The government can now proceed to draft a full official security strategy, to be laid before parliament possibly in 2015.
The paper was published in the Icelandic Review of Politics and Administration, and is hosted on their website.
The United States Ballistic Missile Defense System and its Implications for European Security
Author: Vera Knútsdóttir
Arctic security: Policy analysis of the circumpolar states
Author: Margrét Cela
Since the end of the Cold War the security scenario in the Arctic region has changed significantly. Academics have written about new dimensions of security states must now take into consideration. The purpose of this article is to compare the declared policies of the eight member states of the Arctic Council – Canada, Denmark/Greenland, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the United States – focusing on sovereignty, security and defense. The purpose is to establish: a) whether the new security scenario is reflected in these states’ official policy documents, and b) whether there is a difference between the policies of the five coastal states – Canada, Denmark/Greenland, Norway, Russia and the USA – and the other three circumpolar states.
The article is available on Skemman.