Leangkollen February 2-3,  2015

For those of you who were not able to attend this year’s Leangkollen conference, we have provided videos, as well as short summaries of this year’s lectures and debates. Many thanks to all of our participants and contributors for making Leangkollen a success!

Find our photos from the conference here.

Summaries of the lectures will be added shortly.


Session 1: NATO-Russia Relations: A Zero-Sum Game? 

Opening Speech by the Prime Minister of Norway, Ms Erna Solberg - Speech also available as text here

Keynote Speech by the Deputy Secretary General of NATO, Ambassador Alexander Vershbow
- Speech also available as text here

Session 2: The Conflict in Ukraine 

"Russia, Ukraine and NATO: Expecting the Worst?"

Dr Sergey Utkin (Centre for Situation Analysis, Russian Academy of Sciences) 

"The Eastern Fear of a Soviet Reunion"

Mr Marcin Terlikowski (Polish Institute of International Affairs)

"Ukraine: Current Status and Threat Perception"
Dr Hanna Shelest (Ukrainian National Institute for Strategic Studies) 

 Comments by Dr. Geir Flikke (University of Oslo)

Panel Discussion chaired by Professor Janne Haaland Matlary  (University of Oslo)

Session 3: The Diversity of the West

"The Baltics: In a Tough Spot" 
Ambassador Imants Lieģis, Latvia's Ambassador to Hungary

"France: France: The Crisis in Ukraine from a French Perspective"
Dr Thomas Gomart, French Institute of International Relations

"Germany: The Implications for German Security Policy" 
Dr Karl-Heinz Kamp, Bundesakademie für Sicherheitspolitik
"Swedish Non-Alignment Challenged?"
Dr Ann-Sofie Dahl, Center for Military Studies, Copenhagen University
"Finland: The Vital Non-Member"and Panel Discussion
Dr Pauli Järvenpää, International Centre for Defence Studies;
Comments,  by Dr Jakub Godzimirski, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs;
Panel Discussion, chaired by Professor Julian Lindley-French, Institute for Statecraft

Session 4: How to Handle Different Threats?

"Opening Lecture"
Mr Øystein Bø, State Secretary of Defence

"The Challenges of Hybrid Warfare"
Professor. Øyvind Østerud, University of Oslo
"Great Power Politics and the Decline of Liberalist Interventionalism"
Dr Asle Toje, The Norwegian Nobel Institute

"Ambitions and Resources in Russian Military Policy"
Dr Tor Bukkvoll, Norwegian Defence Research Establishment 
"The Implications for Finnish Defence Policy"
Defence Policy Director Helena Partanen, Finnish Ministry of Defence
"Preparing against Military Threats in Practice"
Major General Odin Johannessen, Norwegian Armed Forces, Operations Divisions, The Defence Staff

Commentsby Dr Paal Sigurd Hilde, Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies;
Panel discussion, chaired by Dr Karl-Heinz Kamp, Bundesakademie für Sicherheitspolitik
"What Can We Expect in the Future?"
Professor Julian Lindley-French, Institute of Statecraft

Media Coverage

Fedrelandsvennen/NTB: Solberg kritiserer Russland
Aftenposten: Russlands opptreden i Ukraina undergraver vårt naboforhold
P4: - Russland har vurdert storkrig 


CNBC: US must be ready for long standoff with Russia: NATO official
PBS: Obama to reconsider providing lethal aid to Ukraine


Segodnya (Ukraina) 
ilVelino (Italia)
Pozri (Slovakia)
Hirado (Ungarn)




Vietnam Plus (Vietnam)