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PROGRAM FOR THE 44TH ANNUAL LEANGKOLLEN CONFERENCE HOSTED BY THE NORWEGIAN ATLANTIC COMMITTEE 2 FEBRUARY 2009

The Norwegian Nobel Institute

Henrik Ibsens Gate 51, Oslo.

1000

Ms Anne-Grete Strøm-Erichsen, The Norwegian Minister of Defence.

“NATO in the 21st Century”.

1030

Ahmed Rashid, Pakistani Journalist and Author

“The security of the Central Asian Region, with focus on Afghanistan/Pakistan/India.

1055

Dr. Zalmai Rassoul, National Security Advisor of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

“The challenges and priorities from an Afghan perspective”

1120

Q&A

1140

Buses leave for the Leangkollen Conference Centre, Bleikeråsen 215, 1370 Asker

1200-1315 Lunch at the Leangkollen Conference Centre

1315

Panel discussion on “NATO, a regional organisation in a global world”

Panel members:

Jan Petersen, Chairman of the Norwegian Defence Committee;

Espen B. Eide, State Secretary of the Ministry of Defence;

Kim Traavik, Norwegian NATO ambassador;

Ahmed Rashid, Pakistani author and journalist;

Chris Donnelly, Senior Advisor of the UK Defence Academy;

Janne Haaland Matlary, Professor at the University of Oslo.

1430

Coffee break

1450-1615

Q&A.

1630

Buses return to Fridtjof Nansens Plass (next to the city hall) in Oslo, estimated arrival time at 1700.

Leangkollen Conference 2009, Program for Day 2, 3 February 2009.

09.30-10.00     Section leader and Senior Researcher Paal Sigurd Hilde (Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies) brief about the research project Geopolitics in The High North.

Kristine Offerdal, researcher,  briefs about “The energy issues in the north: myths and realities”.

Katarzyna Zysk, researcher, briefs about “Russia and the High North: Defence and security perspectives”.

10.10-10.30 Break

10.30-12.30         Jahn Otto Johansen, journalist and author, introduces his upcoming book: ”Russia,with the past   towards the future”.

                               Panel:

       Julie Wilhelmsen (Researcher, Norwegian Institute of Foreign Affairs/NUPI)

                               Nils Morten Udgaard (Former Foreign affairs editor in Aftenposten)

                               Helge Blakkisrud (Head of Russia department in NUPI)

                               Kjell Dragnes (Current Foreign affairs editor in Aftenposten)

                               Pavel Baev (Researcher at the Peace Research Institute in Oslo)

12.30-13.30         Lunch

13.30                   Bus to Fr. Nansens plass by the Oslo City Hall. ETA at 1400.


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