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New Nordic Peace

Nordic Peace and Conflict Resolution Efforts

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For a long time, the Nordic countries have been a region of peace, with the ability to resolve conflicts peacefully among themselves, and a region for peace, actively promoting peace globally. Although efforts to actively brand the Nordic region are ongoing, the Nordic Peace brand is an area with untapped potential. The Nordics have rich traditions for working together on peace and conflict resolution. These joint efforts have grown organically and informally from like-mindedness, letting the common Nordic culture and ways of working foster integration among them where relevant. The people working in the Nordic countries on Nordic cooperation and peace recognize the potential of strengthening the Nordic Peace brand. One area of special potential is increasing focus on the shared Nordic priorities of prevention and the women, peace and security agenda as part of the Nordic Peace brand.

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Ways of working together

While each of the Nordics has its own distinct angle on peace and conflict resolution (and they are sometimes acutely aware of their differences), they have been working together on many levels within peace and conflict resolution; whether in the Nordic capitals or in embassies abroad in conflict-affected countries. This section presents Nordic ways of working together on peace and conflict resolution. Based on descriptions and examples given by the practitioners of how their joint Nordic work is structured, we inductively distill three degrees of Nordic integration: coordination, cooperation and collaboration. We identify conditions that facilitate integration and examine the limits and potentials to working together.

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