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The Absent-Minded Founder: Norway and the Establishment of the United Nations
2009 (English)In: Diplomacy & Statecraft, ISSN 0959-2296, Vol. 20, no 4, 619-637 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This article examines Norwegian policy vis--vis the United Nations (UN) through the end of 1945. From here it will become clear that framing foreign policy orientations of the 1940s along conventional lines exaggerates the commitment of Norwegian politicians to two grand ideas. The novel idea of Atlantic alignment, developed by Norwegian circles in London exile, was more ambiguous than generally acknowledged and left room for universal extension. By contrast, the alleged turn in the mid-1940s toward support of the UN was in the form of lip-service as opposed to action that would have engaged actors from Norway. The government outsourced policy-making on the issue to a small circle of experts and made no attempt to exert leadership in regard to UN matters. Norway's indifference toward the UN in the 1940s stands in marked contrast to the country's later reputation as a faithful supporter of the world organization.

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2009. Vol. 20, no 4, 619-637 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-4980DOI: 10.1080/09592290903455741OAI: diva2:378670
Available from: 2010-12-16 Created: 2010-12-16 Last updated: 2016-11-02Bibliographically approved

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