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Open newsletter – february 23, 2022

ASIA A divide is emerging between how the Asia Pacific region has responded to the Omicron wave of COVID-19, and how North American and Western European countries have responded. East Asia Forum, Jeremy Youde: Asia’s cautious approach to Omicron AUSTRALIA One of the former Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade officials involved with a new […]

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Denmark, Norway join European corvette program (Tom Kington, Defense News)

Denmark and Norway are the latest European countries to sign up to a multinational European plan to build a common corvette. The two nations have joined Italy, France, Spain and Greece onboard the the European Patrol Corvette program, boosting ambitions to make the vessel a catalyst for operational and industrial integration on the continent. Denmark, Norway join European corvette […]

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Romania eyes Norwegian F-16s under $513 million deal (Jaroslaw Adamowski, Defense News)

The Romanian Ministry of National Defence has asked the country’s lawmakers to approve the purchase of 32 second-hand F-16 fighter jets from Norway under a contract estimated to be worth about €454 million ($513 million). Romania eyes Norwegian F-16s under $513 million deal (defensenews.com)

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Lessons from the Indonesia–Norway REDD+ break-up (Ida Aju Pradnja Resosudarmo, East Asia Forum)

Indonesia announced the termination of the long-standing Indonesia–Norway Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) partnership. While promising, it was anticipated from the start that the collaboration would not be easy. The timing of the termination on 10 September 2021, just two months before the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) to the United […]

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Norway’s Sovereign Duty (Christiana Figueres, Håvard Halland, Knut Anton Mork, Project-Syndicate)

Having built its wealth by pumping hydrocarbons out of the seabed, Norway has an obligation to leverage the power of its massive sovereign wealth fund in the fight against climate change. With COP26 fast approaching, it should focus on building a new coalition of sovereign funds committed to net-zero emissions targets. Norway’s Sovereign Duty by […]

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What would Norway be without oil? And Ukraine without Russian gas? (Trine Villumsen Berling, Izabela Surwillo, Sandra Sørensen, DIIS

Energy security used to be about uninterrupted flows of affordable and available resources. This article argues that it is much more than that. By taking a historically informed social science approach to energy politics, the article includes issues pertaining to national independence, identity, future aspirations, and the role of technology and natural resources. In Norway, […]

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Norway. Oil sector in balance as Norway votes (Al Jazeera)

Norwegians went to the polls on Monday in a parliamentary election where the “Red-Green” opposition looks ahead, potentially influencing the fate of oil activities in the largest producer in Western Europe. Polling stations opened at 9am (07:00 GMT) and the first estimates based on advance votes were to be released when voting ends at 9pm […]

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Norway/Arctic. Norway sets timeline to deploy sub-hunting aircraft in the Arctic (Defense News)

Gerard O’Dwyer Norway’s announcement that it plans to deploy P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft to the Arctic in 2022 marks significant progress in the country’s long-term effort to bolster defense capabilities and readiness in the region. The Ministry of Defence unveiled the timeline Aug. 13, having already approved Evenes Air Station as the main base for its […]

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Norway and Russia sharpen transparency pact on warship, aircraft moves (Defense News)

Norway has finalized an updated security agreement with Russia that adds strengthened protocols for avoiding high-risk encounters between aircraft and naval vessels in the High North region. The agreement comes at a time when Norway and Russia have increased military activities there. Norway and Russia sharpen transparency pact on warship, aircraft moves (defensenews.com)

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Norway/Utoya Massacre – Norway ten years after the Utøya massacre (Al Jazeera)

Sindre Bangstad writes: Last week, Norway marked 10 years since the darkest day in its recent history. On July 22, 2011, a white Norwegian right-wing extremist set off a bomb that killed eight people at Government Headquarters in Oslo. Then, he proceeded to the small island of Utøya, some 60km from the capital, where he […]

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Norway – KLP fund divests from firms linked to Israeli settlements (Al Jazeera)

Norway’s largest pension fund announced it has divested assets in 16 companies for their links to Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, including telecom equipment giant Motorola. “In KLP’s assessment, there is an unacceptable risk that the excluded companies are contributing to the abuse of human rights in situations of war and conflict through […]

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Norway – Waking the Norwegian Green Giant (Project-Syndicate)

MARIANA MAZZUCATO, RAINER KATTEL As one of the world’s leading exporters of natural gas, Norway faces a unique challenge in a world that is increasingly moving away from fossil fuels. The country has all the financial, technological, and human resources it needs to thrive in a decarbonized future; what’s missing is policy leadership. https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/use-norway-sovereign-wealth-fund-for-green-transition-by-mariana-mazzucato-and-rainer-kattel-1-2021-05