Open seminars and film screenings at the Nordic House – September 30 and October 1

Tuesday September 30 from 17:00 to 19:00


There are 200 years since the Nordic countries last went to war with one another. Since then they have prided themselves on their peacefulness, but nonetheless they have participated in wars today, including the conflict in Afghanistan.

The Danish documentary filmmaker Nagieb Khaja, of Afghan decent, has visited Afghanistan on numerous occasions as a journalist to report on the situation in the country. In 2007 he was captured by the Taliban, who held him hostage for a week, until he barely managed to escape. Nagieb has criticized media coverage concerning the war in Afghanistan. He will discuss his experiences and show a documentary he made in 2012, which consists of footage from the every day lives of Afghans living in remote areas of Afghanistan.

Moderator: Pia Hansson, Director of the Institute of International Affairs, University of Iceland.

Wednesday October 1 from 17:00 to 19:00


What is going on in the Ukraine and what are the global consequences of the crisis? The speakers will examine the history of the region, followed by a discussion on how the current conflict affects and is affecting the relationship between Russia, the United States and the European Union. The discussion will be followed by a screening of the new documentary Babylon 13, which follows the Maidan protests earlier this year.

Bradley Thayer, Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Iceland.
Jón Ólafsson, Professor of Philosophy at Bifröst University.
Eiríkur Bergmann, Professor of Political Science at Bifröst University.

Moderator: Alyson Bailes, Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Iceland.

The Institute of International Affairs at the University of Iceland, The Nordic Region in Focus and Reykjavík International Film Festival (RIFF) are hosting the events. EVERYONE WELCOME-FREE ENTRANCE. The RIFF programme can be found at