Date: 1-2 February, 2016


Location: Oslo

Norwegian Atlantic Committe

The Norwegian Atlantic Committee will host their 51st  Annual Security Conference on 1st -2nd of February 2016 which will take place at the Norwegian Nobel Institute and at Leangkollen Conference Centre in Asker.

This year’s Conference, titled “NATO’s Southern Flank: Great Powers, Jihadists, and Refugees” will be focusing on the troublesome southern periphery and its implications on Europe. Even though there is an ongoing rivalry between great powers in the region, does the current situation also produce several “soft security” threats. Can we further explain some of these threats, and do we have the tools to handle them? What role can institutions, like EU and NATO, actually play?

The opening lecture will be held by both the Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Børge Brende, and the Norwegian Minister of Defence, Ms Ine Eriksen Søreide.  Furthermore, the key note speaker will be François Heisbourg, Chairman of the IISS and of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy. The NRK Middle East Correspondence, Sigurd Falkenberg Mikkelsen, will then end the first session with his comments, before the Q/A-session.

Please see the conference program here.