Europe's Arctic Defence Agenda
Department of National Defence
Canada's Arctic holds vast untapped resources, offers a shorter commercial shipping route between the Pacific and the Atlantic oceans, and is an integral part of our national territory. Yet Canada's claim to the Arctic is also shared -- and at times contested -- by numerous other powers. David Rudd's presentation will explore the current defence policies of the European Nordic states as they pertain to the Arctic, as well as the potential roles of two major international organizations in which these countries hold membership(s) -- NATO and the European Union (EU). Following a brief examination of each state's view of the Nordic strategic picture and a review of contemporary policy guidance, the defence postures and future plans of each state and organization will be examined. Possible lessons for Canada will also be explored.
David Rudd is a senior strategic
analyst with the Department of National Defence (DND) in Ottawa. He is currently
the resident analyst at the Canadian Forces' Operational Support Command
(CANOSCOM) where he studies the implications of NATO and Canadian military
transformation for operational support, NATO-EU relations, and Arctic security.