Is NATO ready? Collective Defence on NATO’s Northern Flank

In the wake of Trident Juncture 2018, international experts gathered in Oslo 26 November to discuss NATO’s ability to muster a swift and powerful response in the North.

The Norwegian Minister of Defence delivered the keynote. Two panels consisting of academics and professionals discussed NATO's decision making, procedures and allied military support.

Welcoming remarks

  • Professor Kjell Inge Bjergadirector, Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies (IFS)


NATO in Norway – Visibility and Readiness on NATO's Northern Flank 

  • Frank Bakke-JensenNorwegian Minister of Defence

Panel 1

Decision-Making: Is NATO able to make decisions quickly enough?

Introduction by Dr Robin Allers, Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies

  • Dr Paal Sigurd Hilde, associate professor, Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies

  • Rachel Ellehuusdeputy director & senior fellow, Europe Program at Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS), Washington

  • Professor Peter Robertsdirector, Military Sciences, Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), London

  • Knut Haugedirector general, Department for Security Policy and the High North, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, former Ambassador to NATO

Panel discussion moderated by

  • Dr Robin Allerssenior fellow, Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies

Panel II

Allied Military Support: Is NATO able to provide relevant capabilities in time?

Introduction by Dr Johannes Rø, Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies

  • Colonel (R) Andrew BuddHead Capabilities Section, Defence Policy Directorate at NATO Headquarters, Brussels
  • Rear Admiral Jean Martens, German Navy, Deputy Director General for Forces Policy, German Ministry of Defence

  • Commodore Arne Morten Grønningsæter, Royal Norwegian Navy, prospective Joint Force Command, Norfolk Virginia

  • Brigadier General Dag Søberg, Norwegian Army, Deputy Chief of Staff, Knowledge, Plans and Policy at 1st German/Netherlands Corps, Münster

Panel discussion moderated by

  • Dr Johannes Røassociate professor, Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies

Closing remarks

Ready for real? If war comes to the Northern Flank

  • Professor Rolf Tamnes, Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies
Publisert 26. november 2018 10:00.. Sist oppdatert 14. februar 2019 09:11.