The USA, as the world’s sole superpower, dominates the North American region. Today its financial hegemony is challenged by China and other Asian countries, with repercussions on international politics as well.
As a region, North America consists of 23 independent nations, as well as 13 British, French and Dutch territories and an autonomous part of Denmark (Greenland). Stretching from Canada and the USA in the north, to Mexico and Central America with the Caribbean in the south, it is dominated by the USA, which until now has been the world’s economic, military and political superpower.
The defence and security policies of the USA and NATO form the foundations of Norwegian security and foreign policy, and NUPI has a comprehensive research involvement in this connection. Another central theme is the recent US turn towards Asia – in economic and military matters – and what this may mean for Norway’s trans-Atlantic connections. Also important are questions of Europe and its relations to North America, not least as regards trade agreements.
Source: Store Norske Leksikon and NUPI.
News about North America
17 Jun 2020
The world as we have come to know it is changing. How do Norwegians respond to these changes? What are their views of Norwegian foreign policy?
16 Dec 2019
These were some of the questions raised when researchers from the NUPI-led Effectiveness of Peace Operations Network (EPON) shared their insights in Washington, D.C. and New York.
2 Oct 2019
NUPI had the pleasure of hosting David H. Petraeus on 30. September. The four-star General (Ret) and former director of CIA shared his insights and prognosis for the geopolitical landscape ahead at the event entitled “Global Security Threats and Western Responses”.
Publications about North America
2020Climate change and declining sea-ice in the Central Arctic Ocean (CAO) has brought concerns that fish stocks may expand into the high Arctic. While the sub-Arctic seas of the North Pacific and the North Atlantic have abundant fish resources subject to major commercial fisheries for generations, the CAO...
2020Almost two years ago, China and the United States instigated a trade conflict which has had serious international effects, a situation since exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic. What has truly made a solution to this conflict elusive, however, is that its origins lie well beyond questions of trade deficits...
- Publication : Popular scientific article
Research projects about North America
2020 - 2023 (Ongoing)
Tension between great powers in world politics is escalating rapidly. What are the driving forces behind deteriorating relations? Can we explain them solely by the ‘aggressiveness’ of the other (be they...
Photograph: Hedvig Antoinette Halgunset/Norwegian Armed Forces
2018 - 2019 (Completed)
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...
2018 - 2021 (Ongoing)
NUPI together with 40 partners from across the globe have established an international network to undertake research into the effectiveness of peace operations.