Norwegian Military Delegation Visit | 7 November 2016

ATA hosted the Norwegian Military Delegation to discuss the outcome of NATO’s Warsaw Summit in July. The Conference focused on the NATO and EU cooperation to create a “comprehensive approach” to bilaterally dissolve international crises and prevent conflict. In close relation to the enhanced threat environment, Scandinavian countries, particularly Sweden and Denmark, are deemed highly exposed to jihadi terrorism, both being considered one of the highest exporters of foreign fighters in Europe. Taking note of its neighbors and the examples of Belgium and France, Norway faces the challenge to increase counter terrorism efforts and training while simultaneously expanding its military infrastructure.


Opening Address
Mr. Jason WISEMAN
Secretary General, Atlantic Treaty Association

First Session: NATO-EU COOPERATION
Following the European Council Meeting in June and NATO’s Warsaw Summit in July, NATO and EU strive to create a “comprehensive approach” to bilaterally dissolve international crises and prevent conflict. As a member of NATO and participants of the European Economic Area, cooperation between the two organizations secures the interests of Norway to uphold European security and prosperity. With a focus on a joint commission of NATO and the EU, panelists will discuss how political parternships can be strengthened to address global military and civilian issues.

Chairman and Introduction
Mr. Alessandro NIGLIA
Senior Program Officer, Atlantic Treaty Association
Speech available here.

Remarks
Mr. Arnold KAMMEL
Vice President, Atlantic Treaty Association

Mr. Gabriele CASCONE
Analyst, Strategic Analysis Capability Section, NATO Emerging Security Challenges Division

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Special Briefing: COUNTERING TERRORISM WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT
In response to recent terrorist attacks, NATO and the EU are consolidating ways in which to strengthen resilience and prevention of attacks. Within the context of Euro-Atlantic security, both France and Belgium have found themselves as “front-line states” in the struggle against terrorism. In recent months, France has made 424 arrests of terrorism suspects while Belgium has had 61. In close relation to the enhanced threat environment, Scandanavian countries, particularly Sweden and Denmark, are deemed highly exposed to jihadi terrorism, both being considered one of the highest exporters of foreign fighters in Europe. Taking note of its neighbors and the examples of Belgium and France, Norway faces the challenge to increase counter terrorism efforts and training while simultaneously expanding its military infrastructure.

Remarks
Deputy Police  Commissioner of Brussels
Comm. Saad AMRANI

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Second Session: VIEWING RUSSIA
After Russia’s attack on Georgia in 2008 and the annexation of Crimea in 2014, a stable European relationship with Russia remains fundamental in the issue of foreign and security policy. Russia shows increased presence in the north and military extension in the Arctic, as well as overall military modernization in the Kola Peninsula where the new military infrastructure is being created. As Norway terminated the bilateral military cooperation with Russia and maintains close surveillance on Russia’s military activities in the North, Norway NATO’s efforts to ensure European stability to maintain political peace and international coordination.The High North of Norway is key priority and to increase the surveillance and intelligence efforts to uphold NATO’s assurance measures and EU’s sanctions on Russia.  In representation of NATO in Northern Europe, there are questions over whether the military capacity is strong enough in long-term operations.

Chairman and Introduction
Mr. Jason WISEMAN
Secretary General, Atlantic Treaty Association

Remarks
Mr. Roland FREUDENSTEIN
Policy Director, Wilfred Martens Center for European Studies

Amb. Lazar ELENOVSKI
Ambassador of the Repbulic of Macedonia to Belgium and Luxembourg