‘Cautious optimism’ over North Korea

The leader of the Norwegian Parliament’s foreign relations and defense committee described herself as a “cautious optimist” after historic talks between the US and North Korea on Tuesday. Anniken Huitfeldt’s “caution” is tied mostly to the two men involved. Huitfeldt, who presents Norway’s Labour Party and recently returned from a long-delayed visit to Moscow with the […]

‘Norway first,’ but cooperatively

The mood turned playful when Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide joined in for a selfie with her colleague Nicolai Astrup on an unusually warm Friday afternoon in Oslo. They mostly had serious issues on their minds, though, during a meeting with foreign correspondents in the Norwegian capital. “There’s a lot of uncertainty right now,” […]

Norway cautious about Korean talks

Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide is calling new dialogue with North Korea “positive,” but she warns against relieving pressure on the country too quickly. Søreide noted that no concrete results have emerged from talks so far. Søreide was in Japan late this past week to visit her counterpart, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono. “We […]

Ex-foreign minister defends his record

Børge Brende traveled almost constantly during his four-year term as Norway’s foreign minister, but wasn’t always effective, according to foreign policy researchers in Oslo who have tracked his tenure. Brende instead came across as unclear and literally absent, they argue, but the man who now heads the World Economic Forum disagrees with their criticism. It […]

EU post sacrificed in favor of foreign aid

Of all the changes resulting from her goverment reshuffle, Prime Minister Erna Solberg was getting perhaps the most kudos for her decision to replace a ministerial post responsible for EU issues with one aimed at monitoring foreign aid. It’s forcing a major reorganization within Norway’s foreign ministry, but commentators on both the left and the […]

Norway drops effort to lead the OSCE

Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide is dropping one of the so-called “prestige projects” led by her predecessor Børge Brende. She doesn’t want to spend the time and money needed to campaign for leadership of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), opting to concentrate instead on winning a seat on the UN […]

Authorities halted hack against NUPI

Norway’s foreign policy institute known as NUPI was the target of a hacking attempt this autumn that was halted by state authorities. The attack could have allowed the hackers to manipulate reports by NUPI’s researchers. NUPI (Norsk Utenrikspolitisk Institutt/Norwegian Institute of International Affairs) is one of Norway’s foremost research organizations that often advises government and […]

New foreign minister gets down to work

Ine Eriksen Søreide, who succeeded Børge Brende as Norway’s new foreign minister last month, has been busy settling into her new job and made her first major overseas trip this week. It wasn’t easy, but Søreide didn’t expect it would be either. Søreide’s trip to Myanmar is just the beginning of a globe-trotting job that […]

Søreide puts more pressure on Suu Kyi

Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide made her first official trip to Asia in her new role this week. It landed her in the midst of the international outrage over how Myanmar, which has received enormous amounts of foreign aid from Norway for years, has treated its Rohingya minority. Søreide had a clear message for Nobel […]

Foreign minister resigns his post

UPDATED: Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende won’t be part of the new government Prime Minister Erna Solberg is in the process of forming after winning re-election earlier this week. Brende, who has traveled almost non-stop since Solberg chose him as her envoy four years ago, has announced his resignation and will return to the World […]