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.



The Nordic Peace brand

The Nordic Council recently made the statement, “Låt fred bli Nordens varumärke” (“Let peace be the trademark of the Nordic region”), arguing that the Nordic Peace brand holds substantial potential. This was substantiated with reference to the long Nordic history of peace being a decisive factor enabling Nordic cooperation and welfare and because the Nordic countries have a track record of engaging in promoting peace and resolving conflicts globally. Regarding the first dimension, the internal peace within the North relates both to the peaceful relationship between the Nordics, running back at least to 1905 with the non-war between Norway and Sweden as well as the peaceful living conditions within the Nordic countries, with welfare states, equality and democracy securing low levels of structural violence. Regarding the second: for most of the twentieth century and the twenty-first century thus far, the involvement of the Nordic countries abroad in foreign, development and humanitarian policy has generally placed emphasis on building inclusive societies and resolving political conflict in peaceful ways. The following section explores whether the Nordic Peace brand is something that resonates in 2019 with practitioners and what they associated with a Nordic Peace brand.


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