Here you can find an "information package" from the Leangkollen Security Conference in 2016, entitled: "NATO's Southern Flank: Great Powers, Jihadists and Refugees" 

 

You can find the Official Printed Programme here

For those of you who were not able to attend this year’s Leangkollen conference, please see clips from each lectures underneath. Many thanks to all of our participants and contributors for making Leangkollen a success!

Session I - the Nobel Institute

Session II: Great - aspiring and declining - powers in the Greater Middle East region

A deeper insight: Key elements and actors in the region

Session III: Jihadists and refugees – “soft security threats” met with hard or soft security means?

​​Session IV: How can we handle these challenges?

 

Media coverage ​

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Photos

 

Session I at the Nobel Institute: "NATO’s Southern Flank: Great Powers, Jihadists and Refugees"

 

Words of welcome by the Chairman of the Norwegian Atlantic Committee, Kjell Engebretsen

 

 

Opening speech by Børge Brende (the Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs). Read the speech here! 

 

 

The West and the Middle East’s ‘Thirty Years War’ by François Heisbourg (Chairman, International Institute for Strategic Studies)

 

 

Standing Together in Today’s Security Environment by Ine Eriksen Søreide (the Norwegian Minister of Defence). Read the speech here! 

 

Status report and comments from the field by Sigurd Falkenberg Mikkelsen (Middle East Correspondent, the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation)

 

 

Q&A - session

 

Session II at the Leangkollen Conference Centre: Great - aspiring and declining - powers in the Greater Middle East region

 

Russia’s interests and perspectives in the ME-region by Andrej Zubov (Columnist, Novaya Gazeta)

 

US interests and perspectives in the ME-region by Steven Simon (Visiting Fellow, Dartmouth College)

 

 

German interests and perspectives in the ME-region by Christian Mölling (Senior Resident Fellow, German Marshall Fund)

 

 

Turkey: a problem fixer or a problem maker? by Itir Bagdadi (Lecturer, Izmir University of Economics)

 

 

Panel discussion and Q&A

 

A deeper insight: Key elements and actors in the region

 

The Sunni and Shia rivalry by Knut S. Vikør (Professor, University of Bergen)

 

 

Aspiring “State”? – Daesh by Mah-Rukh Ali (News Anchor TV 2 and Author of «The ISIS Threat») 

 

Stable States: Iran and Saudi-Arabia by Kjetil Selvik (Senior Researcher, Christian Michelsen Institute)

 

Fragmented State: Iraq & Syria by Cecilie Hellestveit (Senior Legal Advisor / Researcher, International Law and Policy Institute)

 

 

Panel discussion and Q&A

Session III: Jihadists and refugees – “soft security threats” met with hard or soft security means?

 

Islamist terrorism in Europe: current status by Petter Nesser (Senior Researcher, the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment)

 

 

On refugees by Morten Bøås (Research Professor, the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs)

 

 

Soft security threats - a challenge to our legal order? by Cecilie Hellestveit (Senior Legal Advisor / Researcher, International Law and Policy Institute)

 

 

Panel discussion and Q&A

 

Session IV: How can we handle these challenges?

 

Unable and Unwilling: NATO in Syria & MENA by Asle Toje (Research Director, the Norwegian Nobel Institute)

 

 

On EU – internal dimensions and external challenges by James Wyllie (Director of Strategic Studies, University of Aberdeen) 

 

 

Diplomatic or military tools: the case of Syria by Robert Mood (Lieutenant General, Military Representative of Norway to NATO) 

 

Panel discussion and Q&A

 

Media coverage

01.02.16 ABC Nyheter (news website with direct streaming): "DIREKTE: Følg Leangkollen sikkerhetskonferanse"

01.02.16 NRK Finnmark (news website): "Eriksen Søreide: – Norges NATO-fokus er i nord"

01.02.16 P4 Nyheter (national radio): "Vil trolig bli spurt om å bidra i flere internasjonale operasjoner"

01.02.16 VGTV (news website with direct streaming): "Leangkollen sikkerhetskonferanse"

02.02.16 Klassekampen (newspaper): "Søreide: Norges Nato-fokus er i nord"

04.02.16 Dagens Næringsliv (newspaper): "Eksplosive Libanon

04.02.16 NRK Urix (The Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation's daily TV-program on Foreign Affairs): "On Syria with Steven Simon, Andrej Zubov, and Sigurd Falkenberg Mikkelsen"

11.02.16 Aftenposten (newpaper): "Må kjempe om egne soldater"

Twitter

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Photos 

Photos from the Conference can be found here. (Facebook - does not require login)