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We are facing the most significant shifts in the global political landscape since the Second World War. How can Norway promote interests, democracy, and values in such challenging times?

To encourage expert debate and input on the realities and possibilities of Norway’s foreign policy, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is launching the project “Response – Norwegian foreign policy for a new era”. The project will organise a string of conferences in 2023 and early 2024, involving researchers, civil society actors, and business leaders. The Norwegian Foreign Policy Conference 2023 will be the opening conference and launch of “Response”.

At the Norwegian Foreign Policy Conference 2023, you will meet Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre and Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt, as well as national and international experts. The full program is found below.



Part 1: Opening of the conference and an overview

09:00 Welcome w/ NUPI Director Ulf Sverdrup

09:05 Opening speech by Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre, followed by a conversation between Støre and Sverdrup

09:30 A conversation with Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre, Kristin Ven Bruusgaard and Iver B. Neumann. Participating moderator Hanne Skartveit.


10:00 Break


Part 2: War in Europe (in Norwegian and English)

10:20 Introduction: Russia and the security in Europe, with Kadri Liik (English)

10:30 Conversation with Karen-Anna Eggen, Julie Wilhelmsen, Kadri Liik, Flemming Splidsboel Hansen and Øyvind Svendsen

10:55 Introduction: How are security and economy connected, with Kåre Dahl Martinsen (Norwegian)

11:00 Conversation with Kåre Dahl Martinsen, Kari Due-Andresen and Morten Andersen

11:15 Conversation: How has the war affected Norway as an energy nation and the attitude to energy in Europe? With Indra Øverland, Eirik Wærness and Marie Byskov Lindberg (Norwegian)


11:35 Lunch


Part 3: Order and the relationship between North and South (in English)

12:15 Introduction by Amitav Acharya

12:30 Conversation between Amitav Acharya and Ole Jacob Sending


Part 4: Power shift to the east, China, and the relationship with the West (in English)

12:45 Introduction by Rana Mitter

13:00 Conversation: China's position and what it means for global relations, Europe's position, and Norway. With Rana Mitter, Jo Inge Bekkevold, Ilaria Carrozza and Wrenn Yennie Lindgren


13:40 Break


Part 5: Norway's position and opportunities (in Norwegian)

13:55 Conversation with Øyvind Østerud, Lise Rakner, Asle Toje, and Cecilie Hellestveit, moderated by Sun Heidi Sæbø.


Part 6: The Foreign Minister's reflections (in Norwegian)

14:25 Conversation between Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt and NUPI Director Ulf Sverdrup about Norwegian foreign policy responses to the challenges we face.

15:00 End