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Join PRIO and the University of Oslo for this public panel of the Nordic Peace Revisited conference.

In contemporary political mythology Norden is both a region of peace – a quintessential Deutschian ‘no-war’ security community of social cohesion and societal resilience – and a region for peace – as active proponents of multilateral peace support, humanitarian and development aid and a rules-based international order.

Peace has often been portrayed as a Nordic export and competitive edge, with this no less evident than in how the region is often described as possessing unique expertise in conflict resolution and where Nordic peace has been cultivated as a global brand – most evident in the annual awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize by the Norwegian Nobel Committee.

This conference is a collaboration with the University of Oslo, Tampere Peace Research Institute, and Nordic Branding. It aims to examine ideas about Nordic peace in the twenty-first century through the lenses of history, theory, identity, and foreign policy.


10:00 – 10:05: Welcome speech - Henrik Urdal, Director of PRIO

10:05 – 10:30: Keynote - Peter Wallensteen, Professor, Uppsala University

10:30 – 12:00 Panel discussion

Moderators: Torunn Tryggestad (PRIO) and Malcolm Langford (UiO)


Kai Eide, Former diplomat, Norway

Peter Wallensteen, Professor, Uppsala University

Ingebjörg Gissladottir, Director, ODIHR (OSCE)

Pertti Joenniem i, Senior researcher, University of Copenhagen

Pernille Kardel, Diplomat, Denmark

About the panel:

Peter Wallensteen is Senior Professor of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University and Senior Research Professor of Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame

Kai Eide is a former Norwegian diplomat. While working as a diplomat Eide served as UN Special Representative to Afghanistan and Special Envoy to the UN Secretary General in Kosovo and has served as ambassador for Norway to OSCE and NATO.

Ingibjörg Gísladóttir is Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights. Gissladottir was Minster of Foreign Affairs on Iceland from 2007-2009, and has previously served as country representative to UN Women in Afghanistan.

Pernille Kardel is a Danish diplomat with more than 25 years of experience from diplomacy and international cooperation. Most recently she served as UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon. Before that she was the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).

Pertti Joenniemi is senior research fellow at the Danish Institute for International Studies at the University of Copenhagen and visiting researcher at the Tampere Peace Research Institute (TAPRI)