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Defending and renewing multilateralism: Estonia and Norway in the UN Security Council

2020 - 2021 (Completed)
Research Project
This project will explore possibilities to enhance Estonian-Norwegian bilateral cooperation in promoting multilateral cooperation and a rules-based global order in the framework of the United Nations Security Council

Estonia is a non-permanent member in 2020-2021, and Norway from 2021-2022. In this project, bilateral cooperation will be analyzed in the context of broader cooperation among Nordic-Baltic, European and other like-minded countries that share an interest to defend and reform the existing multilateral system and international law.

Examples of relevant themes to explore would include climate change, security challenges, cyber security, great power rivalry and global pandemics. The project will include public seminars and invited roundtables/workshops in both Oslo and Tallinn, aimed at (i) discussing and comparing the experiences and activities of Estonia and Norway in the UN and UNSC, and (ii) identifying shared interests and making policy-oriented proposals to foreign policy-makers.

The results will be published in a policy paper and disseminated at a final conference in Tallinn. In addition, the main findings will be published in the form of an op-ed/analysis of a major national media outlet in both countries.

Funding program

The project is funded by Bilateral Grants Estonia


Publication : Popular scientific article

Digitale trusler blir kinkig for Norge i Sikkerhetsrådet

(Op-ed in Norwegian): De fleste land rangerer trusler via det digitale rom som en av de største utfordringene for det 21. århundret. På tross av dette ...
Publication : Academic chapter/article/Conference paper

The role of the UN Security Council in cybersecurity: international peace and security in the digital age

At the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, the UN Security Council is faced with difficult questions about its efficacy, relevance and legitimacy. ...
Publication : Report

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

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

Op-ed article: Turning fear into opportunity: A chance for small states

Even before the spread of COVID-19, smaller states had much to fear in international affairs. The shifting global order, instability in regional institutions ...
Publication : KRONIKK

Tre grunner til at Norge bør med i FNs sikkerhetsråd

Norge har meldt seg på i kampen om en plass i FNs Sikkerhetsråd i 2021-2022. Kronikken presenterer 3 grunner til at Norge bør med i Sikkerhetsrådet.
Publication : ARTIKKEL

Autonomy or integration? Small-state responses to a changing European security landscape

Is there a pattern in how small European states, inside and outside of the EU, adapt and adjust to EU foreign and security policy? This article introduces ...

Horseshoe and Catwalk: Power, Complexity and Consensus-making in the United Nations Security Council

This volume assembles in one place the work of scholars who are making key contributions to a new approach to the United Nations, and to global organizations ...
Publication : MONOGRAFI

Franchised States and the Bureaucracy of Peace

This book examines a new type of state formation evoked by the rise of transnational rule, what Schia calls franchised states. Turning the UN into a field ...

Status and sovereign equality: Small states in multilateral settings

In this chapter, we explore Norwegian UN policy, arguing that it is a central arena for Norwegian efforts to be recognized by others. Our focus on Norwegian ...

Project Manager

Security policy  Governance  Climate  Diplomacy  Foreign policy  International organizations  United Nations  Globalisation  Europe  The Nordic countries

Niels Nagelhus Schia

Senior Research Fellow, Head of the Research group on security and defense, Head of NUPI's Research Centere on New Technology


Christel Nguyen

Former Employee


Kristi Raik, Director, Estonian Foreign Policy Institute

Sigrid Nuutre, Research Assistant, Estonian Foreign Policy Institute

Wed 4 Nov 2020
Time: 10:00 Europe/Oslo
Location: Webinar

Defending and renewing multilateralism: Estonia and Norway in the UN Security Council

What possibilities exist for Estonian-Norwegian bilateral cooperation in the United Nations Security Council?