Europe is changing – faced with financial crises, conflicts in its neighbourhood, and power shifts on the international scene.
Europe, the world’s second-smallest continent, consists of 48 states and one territory (Gibraltar). Its natural borders go along the coasts of the Mediterranean Sea, the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea to the south; the Atlantic Ocean to the west; and the Arctic Ocean, the Barents Sea and the Kara Sea to the north. The eastern border with Asia is not clearly defined, but the Ural Mountains are often used as the dividing line. By that definition, some 115 million Russians are considered to be Europeans.
The EU is the dominant theme of NUPI’s research on Europe. Increased cooperation and the development of common institutions in Europe, EU foreign and defence policy, EU policy towards neighbouring states and adjacent regions, as well as the role of NATO in Europe are all important areas of study. Also central are questions of energy production in Europe and European energy security. Further priority areas for research at NUPI are the special position of Europe in Norwegian foreign policy, and the role of Europe in global geopolitics.
Learn more about NUPI's research on Europe on the webpage of NUPI Centre for European Studies.
Sources: Store Norske Leksikon and NUPI.
News about Europe
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25 Mar 2019
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Publications about Europe
- Publication : KRONIKK
2019What consequences will Brexit have for EU defence integration? Answering this question, the article analyses the new visions for the future of EU defence that emerged in the debate after the Brexit vote. In doing so, the paper moves beyond institutionalism and argues that a practice approach to Brexit...
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Research projects about Europe
Photograph: Hedvig Antoinette Halgunset/Norwegian Armed Forces
2018 - 2019 (Ongoing)
This project will generate concrete policy proposals, particularly in the maritime domain, and look at ways for the United States and Europe, and Norway in particular, to adapt their military division...
2019 - 2021 (Ongoing)
EU IDEA has a threefold aim, notably to break new ground on differentiated integration in terms of conceptual approach, policies and networks.
Report on significant distortions in the economy of the Russian Federation for the purpose of trade defence investigations (EU-Russia trade)2018 - 2019 (Ongoing)
This project will produce a comprehensive study of Russia's economy, focusing on regulations, laws, subsidies and other aspects that may interfere in competition in the markets.