As NATO is in the process of developing a new Strategic Concept (SC), Norway is one of the small European countries trying to make an important contribution to the future of NATO. During the Cold War the Norway-Russia border along with Arctic military considerations meant that Norway was important to the security of NATO, but afterwards the focus of NATO shifted to other regions of Europe, particularly the Balkans. With the start of the international efforts to fight terrorism, NATO's focus has been drawn even farther afield to places like Afghanistan. These developments make it impossible for Norway to continue to wield influence in NATO disproportionate to its size based solely on classic defense considerations, so it is likely to appeal to other issues. The Norwegian contribution to the ongoing transatlantic security and defense dialogue and ultimately to the new Strategic Concept can be estimated by an examination of Nordic cooperation and the High North as key drivers of Norwegian security and defense policy.