Common Fear Factors in Foreign Policy (COMFEAR)

2019 - 2020 (Completed)
Forskningsprosjekt
COMFEAR aims to identify key issues of common concern and shared threats as perceived by publics and policymakers in Czechia and Norway.

Norway and Czechia are both smaller/medium-sized European states and members of NATO, the European Economic Area and the EU’s Schengen zone.

They benefit greatly from the common opportunities provided by these institutions, but their regional and institutional proximity also mean they are exposed to common risks and threats. In recent years concerns have been voiced in both countries – among publics as well as policymakers – on issues ranging from potential rising illiberalism in Europe, hybrid destabilisation and Russian aggression, to migration and the political and social effects of increasing numbers of people on the move, as well as regarding energy and climate security.

Czech and Norwegian actors have responded in a number of ways to these concerns – which have been securitised to varying degrees - and this has affected policymaking, including foreign policymaking, as well as the international positioning of the two countries and their relations with neighbours, partners and global interlocutors. By bringing together leading foreign policy experts from Norway and Czechia, this initial study – COMFEAR – aims to identify key issues of common concern and shared threats as perceived by publics and policymakers in Czechia and Norway.


Articles

News

Common fears, common opportunities?

March 5, 2020

How do Czechia and Norway assess and respond to a changing international political context?

Publications

Publication : Report

Common Fears, Common Opportunities? Czechia and Norway in the changing international context

2020
With long-dominant structures in flux, European states – and perhaps smaller ones in particular – are now forced to rethink their foreign policy approaches ...

Project Manager

Themes
Security policy  Terrorism and extremism  Defence  Governance  Diplomacy  Foreign policy  NATO  Europe  Regional integration  Global governance  Diplomacy and foreign policy  Defence and security  Theory and method
Participants

Morten Skumsrud Andersen

Senior Research Fellow,Head of the Research Group on Global Order and Diplomacy

 

External

Benjamin Tallis, Senior Researcher, Institute of International Relations, Prague

Ondřej Ditrych, Director, Institute of International Relations, Prague

Mark Galeotti, Senior Nonresident Fellow, Institute of International Relations Prague

Petr Kratochvíl, Senior Researcher, Institute of International Relations Prague

Elena Zhirukhina, Senior Researcher, Institute of International Relations Prague