Nordic Security Conference 2019

Challenges in international cooperation – is NATO prepared for handling security threats in the 21st century?

The Youth Atlantic Treaty Association of Norway welcomes you to attend the 14th edition of the annual Nordic Security Conference, taking place in Oslo on 30-31 March.

The landscape of international security cooperation is changing, becoming more complex and involving new alliances and key actors. For the last 70 years, NATO has been the leading organization for facilitating trans-Atlantic security cooperation. The founding members vowed that they were “resolved to unite their efforts for collective defense and for the preservation of peace and security.” Today, the alliance must confront new and different challenges than it was set out to do 70 years ago. From being initially focused on protecting the sovereignty of member states to today’s out of area operations, terrorism, nuclear proliferation to piracy, cyberattacks, and the disruption of energy supplies.

What factors are contributing to driving the security developments in the 21st century, who are the key players and how can established institutions like NATO face this development? How do we understand how the basic structure of global power undercut or reshape current mechanisms of cooperation?

NATO is celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2019. Is NATO still relevant for handling security threats in the 21st century?

Program elements

Over the weekend, participants will have the opportunity to learn from and interact with leading national and international experts, engage in lively discussions with fellow students and young professionals, and network with like-minded people with various backgrounds and nationalities.

Nordic Security Conference (NorSec) has been a platform for learning, discussion, and dialogue among students and young professionals since 2008. We strongly encourage everyone with a keen interest in European foreign policy and security issues to apply, and thus be part of carrying on the NorSec tradition.

After the lecture series, international participants will be invited to a banquet dinner along with YATA Norway’s board members as well as selected lecturers.

Sunday 31 March will be an interactive day consisting of a crisis simulation. The crisis simulation is conducted by one of our experienced partners in this field and will lead the participants into a challenging environment where they will be able to test their crisis management abilities.


Norwegian nationals can sign up by submitting this form:
Available seats are limited, and will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis. There are still available spots!

The application deadline is 20 January for International applicants. We will let all applicants know whether they have been selected by 27 January.

YATA Norway will cover all accommodation and catering expenses during the conference for the selected participants (including the banquet dinner), as well as documented travel expenses up to 715 NOK.

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We’re looking forward to seeing you at NorSec!