NorSec 2021

YATA Norway is pleased to announce our 16th annual Nordic Security Conference!

NorSec 2021 will take place online from March 11th to the 13th. Thursday 11th of March and Friday 12th of March will be short sessions during the evening from 18:00 (CET), while Saturday 13th will be a full conference day from 11:00-16:00 (CET).

The event will focus on the security challenges both in the Middle East and Nordic region, ten years after the Arab Spring started. Each of the four sessions will focus on different aspects, such as social movements, jihadism, great power politics or human rights.

For many years, NorSec has been a platform for learning, discussion and new experiences between students, cadets and young professionals. We strongly encourage everyone with a genuine interest in security and foreign policy issues to attend.

For information about our previous conferences check out: www.yata.no/norsec and check out our Facebook-event: https://www.facebook.com/events/326393768713142/?active_tab=discussion

Full program can be found here.

About the speakers

Øystein Windstad

Øystein Windstad is an investigative journalist and author. He has worked in Egypt from 2011 until 2019 and has also reported from Russia and Chechnya. Windstad has worked for Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation and has reported for Norwegian national newspapers such as Dagbladet. Read more…

Kate Hansen Bundt

Kate Hansen Bundt is Secretary General of the Norwegian Atlantic Committee. She is a political scientist and foreign policy analyst with particular interest in German, European and transatlantic security and strategy. She is chair of the board at NUPI (Norwegian Institute of International Affairs), a board member of NOREF (Norwegian Centre for Conflict Resolution), read more…

Frank Bakke-Jensen

Frank Bakke-Jensen is the Norwegian Minister og Defence and have been since 2017. Before that he was Minister of EEC- and EU affairs. Read more…

Sverre Lodgaard

Sverre Lodgaard is Senior Research Fellow and former Director (1997-2007) of the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI). Lodgaard’s expert fields are geopolitics, the Middle East, Iranian foreign policy, nuclear arms control and disarmament, the nuclear programmes of Iran and North Korea. Read more…

Chaima Bouhlel

Chaima Bouhlel is a journalist and human rights activist. She joined Albawsala in 2014 to start and lead Marsad Baladia, an observatory that monitors all municipalities across the country. She was elected as president of Al Bawsala in October 2016.Prior to joining the Albawsala team, Chaima worked in the micro finance sector, and in building the capacity of journalists in post-revolutionary Tunisia. Read more…

Morten Bøas

Morten Bøås is Research Professor at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI). He works on conflict, insurgencies and state-building in Africa and the Middle East and has conducted fieldwork in a number of different localities on the African continent. Read more…

Petter Nesser

Petter Nesser is a senior researcher with the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI) and an associate professor with BI Norwegian Business School. He is a political scientist, historian and Arabist, educated at the University of Oslo (UiO) and The American University in Cairo (AUC).  Read more…

Vidar Benjamin Skretting

Vidar Benjamin Skretting is a research fellow at FFI (Norwegian Defence Research Establishment). His PhD research focuses on jihadism in the Sahel region, as part of FFI’s TERRA-project. Skretting has a BA and MPhil in Arabic, Persian and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Oxford (2018). Read more…

Cecilie Hellestveit

Dr Cecilie Hellestveit is a lawyer and social scientist with a PhD in  international humanitarian law (IHL) from the University of Oslo. Hellestveit researches and teaches in the field of international law, use of force, and armed conflicts. Read more…

Bjørn Olav Utvik

Bjørn Olav Utvik is Professor in Middle East Studies at the Centre for Islamic and Middle East Studies, University of Oslo. His work focuses on the contemporary political history of the Middle East. He is the leading Nordic specialist on Islamist movements in the region. Read more…

Kjetil Selvik

Kjetil Selvik is a senior researcher in the Research Group for Peace, Conflict and Development. He has his Ph.D. in Political Science from Sciences Po in Paris and works with the struggle over states and regimes in the Middle East. Read more…

Pinar Tank

Pinar Tank is a Senior Researcher at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO). She is an area studies scholar who has worked on Turkish domestic and foreign policies for the past twenty years. She is currently affiliated with PRIO’s Middle East Centre (P-MEC).. Read more…

Pavel Baev

Pavel Baev is a Research Professor at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO). He has worked on Russian foreign and security policy since the 1980s and has researched areas from the Arctic to the Caucasus and Central Asia. Read more…

Sverre Strandhagen

Sverre Strandhagen is commentator in Dagens Næringsliv since 2014. He writes mostly about foreign affairs and especially about security issues, defense politics and great power politics. Read more…

Lars Gule

Lars Gule is a Norwegian philosopher. He has graduated with a doctorate in philosophy, and is an associate professor (at Oslo Metropolitan University). From 2000 to 2005 he was secretary general of the Norwegian Humanist Association. Read more…

Charlotte Lysa

Charlotte Lysa is a postdoctoral researcher at the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights in the project REF-ARAB: Refugees and the Arab Middle East: Protection in States Not Party to the Refugee Convention. Read more…

Johan Kr. Meyer

Johan Kr. Meyer is Counsellor at the Norwegian Embassy for Niger and Chad.
Johan Kr. Meyer works in the foreign service, currently stationed at the Norwegian embassy in Bamako. Read more…

Rikke Agerup

Rikke Agerup has worked as a journalist and reporter in several media companies, including TV 2 and NRK. She has also written for NRC magazine Perspektiv from various parts of the world, including Brazil and North Korea. Read more…