This book is about a particular region of Europe – Northern Europe, espe-
cially that part covering the Nordic and Baltic states – and a discrete policy area of the European Union (EU), the European Security and Defence
Policy (ESDP). The examination of this relationship will elucidate the
security concerns of the region and the problems and potential of the policy.
It will also shed light on some of the wider concerns of the study of inter-
national relations and on how security issues are being viewed by govern-
ments, elites and the public.