NorSec 2019


The Youth Atlantic Treaty Association of Norway welcomed youth across Europe to attend the 14th edition of the annual Nordic Security Conference, which took place in Oslo on 30-31 March. The theme of NorSec 2019 was «Challenges in internasjonal cooperation – in NATO prepared for handling security threats in the 21st century?».

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?

In 2019 NATO celebrated its 70th anniversary. One of the many questions YATA addressed was thus; is NATO still relevant for handling security threats in the 21st century?

About the speakers

  • Tove Gravdal
    We are happy to announce that Tove Gravdal will play the role as a moderator at NorSec. Tove Gravdal is a freelance journalist and author. She worked for the weekly newspaperMorgenbladet from 2008 to 2019, mainly covering international affairs. She has also worked for the daily newspaper Aftenposten, based in Paris, New York and Oslo.Continue reading «Tove Gravdal»
  • Njord Wegge
    Njord Wegge works as an associate professor at the Norwegian Military Academy. In 2013 Wegge earned his doctorate about international politics in the Arctic region at the University in Tromsø. He has also been a visiting scholar at U.C. Berkeley USA the spring of 2009, and an Associate Professor II at the University in Tromsø 2016–2018. Wegge worked asContinue reading «Njord Wegge»
  • Jakub M. Godzimirski
    We are happy to announce that Jakub M. Godzimirski will speak at NorSec 2019. Mr. Godzimirski is a Research Professor at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI). For the past twenty years Jakub Godzimirski has been working on Russian foreign and security policy issues at NUPI. Additionally he has worked on European policy and itsContinue reading «Jakub M. Godzimirski»
  • Bjørn Olav Knutsen
    We are delighted to announce that Bjørn Olav Knutsen will speak at NorSec 2019. Mr. Knutsen is an Associate Professor at Nord University, and a Senior Researcher at the Norwegian Defense Research Establishment (FFI). At NorSec 2019 we welcome him to speak during the first session “NATOs International Role” under the headline “NATO’s role inContinue reading «Bjørn Olav Knutsen»
  • Rune Jakobsen
    We are happy to announce that Lieutenant General Rune Jakobsen will speak at NorSec 2019. Lieutenant General Rune Jakobsen is Chief of the Norwegian Joint Headquarters (FOH). At NorSec 2019 we welcome him to speak during the first session “NATOs International Role” under the headline “NATO-Exercises in the 21st century – Practical perspective from TridentContinue reading «Rune Jakobsen»
  • Dr. Glen Segell
    We are happy to announce that Dr. Glen Segell will speak at NorSec 2019. Dr. Segell specialises in civil-military relations and strategic communications, and is a Fellow at the Ezri Center for Iran & Persian Gulf Studies at the University of Haifa. At NorSec we welcome him to speak during the second session “Challenges inContinue reading «Dr. Glen Segell»

Om oss

Vi er et nettverk for unge med interesse for utenriks- og sikkerhetspolitikk. Lokallag i Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim, Stavanger og Tromsø.


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