Speaker Biographies


Espen Barth Eide is State Secretary (Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs) in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), a position he has held since June 2010. He also served as State Secretary in the MFA in the first Stoltenberg Government (2000-2001), and was State Secretary in the Ministry of Defence from October 2005 to June 2010. He represents the Labour Party. Mr Eide was a senior researcher at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) from 1993 to 1999 and Director of the Department of International Politics at NUPI from 2002 to 2005. As a researcher, he focused on issues ranging from international peacekeeping and UN reform to European,Arctic and transatlantic security. Mr Eide studied at the Universities of Oslo and Barcelona and has a graduate degree in political science.


 Andrew J. Bacevich is Professor of International Relations and History at Boston University. A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, he received his PhD inAmerican Diplomatic History from Princeton University. Before joining the faculty of Boston University, he taught at West Point Academy and Johns Hopkins University. Bacevich is the author of Washington Rules:  America’s Path to Permanent War (2010). His previous books include The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism (2008);  The Long War: A New History of US National Security Policy since World War II (2007) (editor);  The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced by War (2005);  and American Empire: The Realities and Consequences of U. S. Diplomacy (2002). His essays and reviews have appeared in a variety of scholarly and general interest publications.


Christopher Layne is Professor and Robert M. Gates Chair in Intelligence and National Security at the George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. His fields of interest are international relations theory, great power politics, U.S. foreign policy, transatlantic security relations, and grand strategy. Professor Layne has written two books: The Peace of Illusions: American Grand Strategy from 1940 to the Present (2006), and (with Bradley A. Thayer) American Empire: A Debate (2006). Additionally, he has contributed extensively to the academic and public debates about international relations theory and American foreign policy.

Geir Lundestad is Director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute and Professor of International History at the University of Oslo. His numerous publications include The United States and Western Europe Since 1945: From “Empire” by Invitation to Transatlantic Drift (2003), “Empire” by Integration (1998), East, West, North, South: Major Developments in International Politics 1945-1996 (1997) and The American “Empire” and other Studies of US Foreign Policy in Comparative Perspective (1990). He is a regular columnist in the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten and serves as permanent Secretary of the Norwegian Nobel Committee.   

Johannes Rø is associated professor at the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies and Head of the Centre for Transatlantic Relations. Rø holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Oslo (2011). His dissertation analysed the thinking within the George W. Bush administration and was titled Inside the Black Box: Offensive Realism and the U.S. Response to 9/11. Rø is a regular columnist in the Norwegian newspaper Morgenbladet.


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