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Language classes meet for two hours a week for 10 weeks and cost $165. We have 3 terms during the year that start in September and end at the end of May: Fall, Winter and Spring. Genealogy seminars are four hours and cost $20. Cultural classes and other events vary.
Ambassador Hans Brattskar: Norwegian Foreign Policy Talk
Join the Norwegian Language & Culture Program at Mindekirken on Monday, May 16, 2016 from 7 - 8 p.m. for a unique chance to hear Ambassador Hans Brattskar speak on Foreign Policy
DATE: May 16, 2016
TIME: 7-8 p.m.
LOCATION: The Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church, 924 E 21st St, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Join Norway’s Ambassador Hans Brattskar as he addresses the different ways Norway’s Foreign Policy responds to current and new threats and how the long-term consequences for Norway’s interests, welfare, values and security are taken into consideration. Presented in English.
Norway must at the same time adapt its policies to an increasingly complex global political and security environment. Terrorism, climate change, the highest number of refugees in the world since the Second World War, migration and a slowing world economic situation tear at the very fabric of the international architecture established 70 years ago. How will Norway respond to a world that is more interconnected than ever before? The effects of a financial crisis in the US, such as the one we saw in 2008, or the war in Syria will immediately affect life in Norway.
Norway must adjust its Foreign Policy to respond to current and new threats and at the same time consider the long term consequences for Norway’s security and welfare. Membership in NATO, active engagement in the United Nations and other international and regional organizations and the promotion of world trade will continue to be cornerstones of Norway’s Foreign Policy. The main objective of Norway’s Foreign Policy will continue to be to promote and secure our interests, welfare and values.
Hans Brattskar has recently been named Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva, Switzerland, and is Special Advisor for Indigenous Peoples Issues at the United Nations Development Program. He is also Special Adviser at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway and holds academic appointments at New York University and at Harvard University.
His previous position was as State Secretary (Deputy Minister) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from October 2013 to August 2015. Brattskar has served as Ambassador to Kenya (and Somalia) and Permanent Representative to the UN organizations based in Nairobi. He was Director General and Special Envoy for Climate Change at the Ministry of the Environment and served as the first Director of the Government of Norway’s Climate and Forest Initiative.
Brattskar has been Ambassador and Special Adviser for Conflict Prevention and Peace-building Operations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Chief Negotiator for the Peace Process between the Government of the Philippines and the National Democratic Front. For more than four years he was Norway’s Ambassador to Sri Lanka (and the Maldives) and prior to that served as Minister Counselor and Head of the Political Section at the Norwegian Mission to the United Nations in New York. He was Coordinator in New York during Norway’s last term on the Security Council.
Brattskar was Director of the Secretariat of the Minister for International Development (Chief of Staff) for five years and has served at Norway’s Embassies in Washington, D.C. and Malaysia. He worked as Ass. Professor of Economics and Management and Department Chair at Ostfold University College in Norway before joining the Foreign Service.
He has been a Governor of the Asian Development Bank, the African Development Bank, the Inter American Development Bank and a Deputy Governor of the World Bank.
Brattskar holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from Claremont Graduate University. He has a M.I.M from Baylor University and a B.A. in History and Business Management from Luther College. Brattskar is married to Marilyn (Wangberg) Brattskar.
This event is FREE.