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Stability and Security in the Baltic Sea Region : Russian, Nordic and European Aspects - Olav Fagelund Knudsen

Stability and Security in the Baltic Sea Region

Russian, Nordic and European Aspects

By: Olav Fagelund Knudsen (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st April 1999
ISBN: 9780714649320
Number Of Pages: 287

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The book emphasizes the region as such and its complex security challenges, seen in a longer-term perspective. Security is conceived in the classical sense yet with a clear understanding of the links to the broader aspects. The book is divided into three parts, the first of which provides a framework of general insights and theories relevant to the region, about assymetric power relations, historical and geopolitical factors, worldviews and political culture. The second part deals with regional policies of specific governments, those whose policies are seen to have special significance (Russia, Germany, Poland, Sweden). The third part focuses on intergovernmental institutions, in particular those of the Nordic countries and the European Union, along with the WEU.

Throughout the book, relations between the three Baltic states and Russia are the centre of attention. The interaction of this conflict group both internally and with other states in the region is examined with regard to its Russian, Nordic and European aspects. The concluding chapter examines the issues in the light of three philosophical traditions in the study of international politics. The volume brings together an assembly of leading scholars from Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Sweden, the UK and the USA.

Introduction: A General Perspective on the Security of the Baltic Sea Regionp. vii
General Perspectives
Security on the Great Power Fringe: Dilemmas Old and Newp. 3
The Historical Structure of Conflicts in the Baltic Area and the Long-term National Interests of Russiap. 20
Soviet Legacy and Baltic Security: The Case of Kaliningradp. 29
International Security Structures and the Baltic Region: The Implications of Alternative Worldviewsp. 55
Worldframes and Cultural Perspectives with Specific Focus on Scandinavia and Russiap. 78
Regional Policies of Key Actors
Russian Policy in the Baltic Regionp. 99
Germany's Security Policy in the Baltic Sea Regionp. 113
Polish Perspectives on Baltic Securityp. 129
Sweden and the Baltic Sea Region--Activism on a New Arena or the End of Free-Riding?p. 140
Estonia and Russia: Interethnic Relations and Regional Securityp. 155
Intergovernmental Cooperation
The Security Policies and Concepts of the Baltic States--Learning from their Nordic Neighbours?p. 167
Bridging the Nordic--Baltic Gap or--the Nordic Predicament in the Balticsp. 183
The Security of the Baltic Countries: Cooperation and Defectionp. 204
The Baltic States and Europe: Identity and Institutionsp. 223
Concluding Section
The European Union, the Baltic States and Post-Soviet Russia: Theoretical Problems and Possibilities for Developing Partnership Relations in the North-eastern Baltic Sea Regionp. 241
Referencesp. 257
Indexp. 279
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ISBN: 9780714649320
ISBN-10: 0714649325
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 287
Published: 1st April 1999
Publisher: F CASS PUBN
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.52 x 16.15  x 2.95
Weight (kg): 0.6
Edition Number: 1