Defending Norway – Our Friends, the Russians

BBC World Service | The Compass

Producer | Catriona Oliphant
Executive Producer | Alan Hall

Russia’s actions in the Crimea and Ukraine, and the modernising of its armed forces at home, are causing anxiety in the High North. Here Norwegian (as well as broader Western) security and economic interests converge with those of Russia, and can conflict. Will the High North be the next flashpoint in a new Cold War?

In the first programme in this two part series, defence expert Mats Berdal, a Norwegian national now living in London, travels to Kirkenes in the High North to meet those who live and work along the Russian border.

Kirkenes Airport, Finnmark, Norway | August 2016


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Afghanistan has made great strides in areas of women’s education and employment, in spite of the insecurity and violence that dominate the headlines. Freelance producer Catriona Oliphant visited the country for the FT and produced this feature on Afghan women who are blazing a trail.

Turquoise Mountain, Kabul Old City, Afghanistan | August 2016


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