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MORE FIGHTING POWER: FRP wants more combat power in the Norwegian defense, and opens up to finance new larger weapon systems outside the defense budgets.

(PS. This article is machine-translated from Norwegian)

The Progress Party's party program for 2021–2025 is clearly liberal, but to a lesser extent based on liberal peace theory than the Liberal Party's election program. The FRP's election program is clearly anti-authoritarian, and emphasis is placed on the protection of human rights.

This program maintains that intensified international cooperation is essential to prevent war, crisis and conflict. According to the program, the UN should concentrate more on war prevention and peace-building work. The FRP's line is that the UN must be made more efficient. In this context, peace-building operations, humanitarian work and crisis response, in addition to the defense of human rights, should be given priority – while much else in the UN should be given lower priority. A similar priority is used as a basis in development policy. Aid will generally be reduced, and aid for emergency, disaster relief and humanitarian aid to refugees in war-torn areas will be increased.

In this election program, Norwegian military combat power is given high priority. The FRP advocates a significant increase in defense budgets and at the same time allows for major procurement of munitions to be financed outside the framework of these budgets. The latter they are alone about. Like the Conservatives, the Socialist People's Party and the Labor Party, the FRP wants to increase its Norwegian military presence in the High North, but does not emphasize relaxation policy as heavily as the others in this context.

FRP will also facilitate an increased level of training and exercises in Norway within the framework of NATO. In order to develop Norway's relations with the United States as our closest ally, the FRP will prioritize exercises with the Americans in Norway, in addition to pre-storage of American military equipment.

Like the Labor Party, the FRP also speaks in its program about the arms industry in exclusively positive terms. The program emphasizes that Norway is dependent on the industry for its own defense capability, and that the arms industry is also important for other industrial development in Norway. FRP therefore goes to the polls to give the arms industry good framework conditions.

The FRP's program recognizes that the proliferation of nuclear weapons is a serious threat, but without articulating nuclear disarmament policy.

Combined with the other parties' election programs, the FRP's program places less emphasis on violence prevention and non-violent conflict management. This program also points out the limitations of dialogue as a tool in conflict management, rather than highlighting its potential – something none of the other party programs do. Anti-discrimination work also receives less publicity from the Green Party than, for example, from the Labor Party, the Socialist People's Party and the MDG (with the exception of age discrimination).

Alexander Harang
Harang is the editor of "Fredsnasjonen", the magazine MODERN TIMES published in the summer of 2021.
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