The base statement: After Norway and the USA entered into an agreement in April on practical matters for US military activity in Norway, the debate on Norwegian base policy has flared up in earnest. The peace policy dividing lines in the case are clear.
Nuclear weapons: Disarmament work trumps the political dividing lines, says Asle Toje. He is now worried that Norway will come under insane pressure from the Americans to take over the German role when it comes to nuclear weapons.
DISPOSAL CHOICE: Is it possible to form an opinion about which peace policy alternatives one has to choose from in this autumn's election? Here we have reviewed the positions of the election programs to prevent violent conflict, resolve conflicts non-violently and contribute to peace and reconciliation after violent conflict.
NORWAY: Although Norway does not allow arms exports to Israel, Norwegian munitions are in use in the Israeli military. Thus, it is also not unlikely that Norwegian munitions may have been used in the attacks on Gaza in May 2021.
UN: Since January, Norway has been a member of the UN Security Council. Three of Norway's peace efforts in the Security Council are successful, but the fourth, "climate and security", is on unsafe ground.
OUT OF NATO: SV goes to the polls for Norway to refrain from warfare, act as a bridge builder and contribute to disarmament rather than armaments internationally. They want to enshrine a ban on nuclear weapons on Norwegian soil in the constitution.
VETORET RIGHT: The Security Council was established to prevent war. They can call on the parties to conflicts for negotiations, talks and other peaceful measures, and if this fails, they have the option of using sanctions or the use of military force.
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