The Norwegian Atlantic Committee's (Den Norske Atlanterhavskomite, DNAK) annual conference on international politics was held at NATO's Joint Warfare Centre (JWC) on Thursday, 1 September 2016.
Norwegian Army Colonel Jan Østbø, JWC's Director of Management, delivered the conference opening remarks where he highlighted the mission of JWC as NATO's footprint in Norway and commended the DNAK on its role in increasing public awareness and knowledge on issues relating to Norwegian defence and security.
Keynote speakers of the conference included Professor Rolf Tamnes, Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies; Associate Professor Franck Orban, Østfold High School; Mr Hans Olav Lahlum, Norwegian historian and author and Professor Janne Haaland Matlary, Defence Analyst and Professor of International Politics, Department of Political Science, University of Oslo. The conference programme, in three sessions, covered the following topics: Norwegian defence and security, right-wing extremism and migration issues, the U.S. elections and the current geopolitical climate and NATO's posture in the aftermath of the Warsaw Summit.
The politically independent Norwegian Atlantic Committee was established in 1955. The Committee organizes a wide array of events, including lunch seminars and courses in international politics, as well as large conferences and educational travels with specific focus on Norwegian security and defence issues and the unfolding geopolitical changes in the High North.