The previous chapter places the Nordic states in a specific category or setting: these countries are analysed as a buffer between the Superpowers. From an historical perspective, as well as from today’s strategic perspective, this is undoubtedly a valid approach. It reflects both the realities of the Nordic multi-layered buffer in the North between the two blocs (the pattern referred to as the ‘Nordic balance’) and the traditions of Nordic neutrality.1 Regardless of varying Nordic security orientations today, there remains a strong streak of Nordic ‘isolationism’ — a genuine desire to stay out of harm’s way, to be on the sidelines of the greater goings-on.
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