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
13 May 2022
On the 21 of March 2022, the Council of the EU adopted a Strategic Compass, a roadmap for the EU to become a stronger security and defence actor. But what does this really mean, and does it change the EUs role as a security actor in any significant way?
2 Apr 2022
In this new episode of The World Stage, Jarand Rystad, Jakub M. Godzimirski and Ulf Sverdrup take a closer look at European dependence of Russian gas and the possibilities that lies within Europe.
24 Mar 2022
The World Stage had a chance to talk to NATO General Jörg Vollmer and Lieutenant General Yngve Odlo about the challenges that Russia represents in the Baltic and High North Regions, and how NATO and Norway can best respond.
Publications about Europe
2022This brief article sums up the first two months of the Russian military operation in Ukraine by looking at Russian original objectives and the situation on the ground by the end of April 2022.
: Feature article
Research projects about Europe
2022 - 2023 (Ongoing)
This project takes a closer look at developments on key areas in the relationship between Norway and the EU towards 2030.
Photograph: NTB Scanpix
Understanding and Strenthening EU Foreign & Security Poliocy in a Complex and Contested World (JOINT)2021 (Ongoing)
The JOINT project analyses these dynamics while addressing the question of how the EU and its member states can make their foreign and security policy structures more joined-up and sustainable.
A new European security and defence architecture in the making What does it look like and what are the implications for Norway? (EURODEFENCE)2021 - 2024 (Ongoing)
This project will study the implications of the new European defence initiatives for Norway particularly, as an allied and closely associated non-member of the EU. Despite the incremental nature of the...