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At a Crossroads: Iceland in the International System

At a Crossroads: Iceland in the International System - Available at University of Iceland
When 
Wed, 24/04/2024 - 10:00 to 17:00
Where 

The Nordic House

Further information 
Free admission

We invite you to discuss and analyse the current trends in international affairs and Iceland's position in the international system. 

The annual conference of the Institute of International Affairs at the University of Iceland, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Nordic House in collaboration with the Institute for Public Administration and Politics at the University of Iceland and the Icelandic Political Science Association will take place on Wednesday, April 24th from 10:00 - 17:00 at the Nordic House. 

The Minister for Foreign Affairs will open the conference, followed by a keynote from the President of Iceland. Throughout the day, our panels will explore Iceland's foreign policy and defence strategies in a changed security environment, address the threats of political polarization, discuss opportunities and challenges in EEA Cooperation within a shifting global landscape, and examine the impact of generative AI on democracy. The conference will conclude with a panel discussion featuring MPs from all the political parties in the Icelandic parliament, focusing on Iceland's foreign policy. 

Panels conducted in Icelandic will be translated to English

All are welcome - Register here!

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Programme

10:00 – 10:10 Welcoming words  

Sabina Westerholm, Director, Nordic House    

10:10 – 10:20 Opening remarks  

Þórdís Kolbrún Reykfjörð Gylfadóttir, Minister for Foreign Affairs  

10:20 – 10:40 Keynote address   

Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, President of Iceland  

10:40 – 12:00 Iceland's Foreign Policy and Defense in a Shifting Global Landscape  

Opening remarks Erlingur Erlingsson, Foreign policy, defence and government relations specialist and Silja Bára Ómarsdóttir, Professor of International Relations, University of Iceland    

Panel discussion: Diljá Mist Einarsdóttir, Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee and MP for the Independence Party, Erlingur Erlingsson, Foreign policy, defence and government relations specialist, Jónas Allansson, Director General, Directorate for Defence 
Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Iceland, Ragnar Hjálmarsson, Researcher and political consultant, Silja Bára Ómarsdóttir, Professor of International Relations, University of Iceland  

Moderator: Pia Hansson, Director of the Institute of International Affairs  

12:00 -12:30 Light Lunch    

12:30 – 13:30 Bridging Divides: Mitigating Growing Polarization   

Opening remarks Dylan Andres Herrera Chacon, Doctoral Graduate Student at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Iceland  

Panel discussion: Bergþóra Snæbjörnsdóttir, Author and human rights activist, Bryndís Haraldsdóttir, Chair of the Icelandic delegation for the Nordic Council and MP for the Independence Party, Dylan Andres Herrera Chacon, Doctoral Graduate Student at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Iceland, Eiríkur Bergmann, Professor of Political Science at Bifröst University, Guðrún Hálfdánardóttir, Journalist and radio programmer at RÚV   

Moderator: Jón Gunnar Ólafsson, Post doctoral researcher in Media studies at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Iceland  

13:30 – 14:30 Euro-Strategic Crossroads: Challenges and Opportunities for EEA Cooperation in a Shifting Global Paradigm   

Opening remarks Pernille Rieker, Research professor at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI)    

Panel discussion: Ágúst Hjörtur Ingþórsson, Director General, The Icelandic Centre for Reacherch - Rannís, Breki Karlsson, Chairman, The Consumers Association of Iceland, Lucie Samcová - Hall Allen, Ambassador of the European Union to Iceland,  Sigríður Mogensen, Director at the Federation of Icelandic Industries and Chair of EFTA Consultative Committee   

Moderator Ambassador Auðunn Atlason,  Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Iceland 

14:30 – 14:50 Coffee Break  

14:50 – 15:50 Navigating the Impact of Generative AI on Democracy  

Opening remarks Niels Nagelhus Schia, Research professor at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI)  

Panel discussion: Brynjólfur Borgar Jónsson, Founder & CEO of DataLab, Halldóra Mogensen, Chair of the Future Committee of the Icelandic Parliament and MP for the Pirate Party, Niels Nagelhus Schia, Research professor at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), Páll Rafnar Þorsteinsson, Project Manager, Centre for Ethics at the University of Iceland, Theódór Ragnar Gíslason, Founder of Defend Iceland 

Moderator Elfa Ýr Gylfadóttir, Director, Icelandic Media Commission  

15:50 – 16:50 Where to and Why? Iceland’s role in the International System  

Panel discussion: Arndís Anna Kristínardóttir Gunnarsdóttir, MP for the Pirate Party, Birgir Þórarinsson, MP for the Independence Party, Bjarni Jónsson, MP for the Left-Green Movement, Jakob Frímann Magnússon, MP for the People´s Party, Kristrún Frostadóttir, MP and Chairperson of the Social Democratic Alliance, Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, MP and Chairperson of the Center Party, Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson, Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs and Chairperson of the Progressive Party, Þorgerður Katrín Gunnarsdóttir, MP and Chairperson of the Liberal Reform Party  

Moderator Sigmundur Ernir Rúnarsson, Journalist and Author  

16:50 – 17:00 Closing Remarks, Jón Atli Benediktsson, Rector of the University of Iceland   

17:00 – 18:00 Reception and Comic Relief with Snjólaug Lúðvíksdóttir

  

Join us for a discussion on Iceland and international cooperation at our annual conference on April 24th from 10:00 - 17:00 at the Nordic House.

At a Crossroads: Iceland in the International System