As part of his official visit to Sweden, SIPRI hosted His Excellency, Gudlaugur Thór Thórdarson, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iceland, for an expert roundtable discussion.
Dan Smith, SIPRI Director, presided over a stimulating discussion with the minister, focusing on security challenges in the North Atlantic. The minister stressed the importance of regional cooperation, citing the Arctic Council as an example of this.
Also engaging in the discussion were senior representatives from international organisations and agencies as well as individuals from business and industry.
After the event, SIPRI interviewed the minister for the SIPRI Spotlight film series and asked him about current security challenges in the High North, his reasons for being hopeful and the upcoming Icelandic chairing of the Arctic Council. Watch the film here on SIPRI's YouTube channel, or below.
Read the transcript of the minister’s address on the Government of Iceland’s webpage, here.