Putting the North Atlantic back into NATO

Varðberg (ATA Iceland) and the Institute of International Affairs at the University of Iceland host a conference on NATO and the North-Atlantic on Friday 23 June 2017 from 14.00 to 17.00 in the lecture hall of the National Museum of Iceland.

Putting the North Atlantic back into NATO

NATO has shown growing interest in the North-Atlantic recently as can best be seen by the exercises now being scheduled in the region. Is the GIUK Gap and the waters around Iceland becoming increasingly important? Can we expect further military activities in the region?

Opening Remarks by Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson, Ministerfor Foreign Affairs, Iceland.


VADM Clive Johnstone, Commander of NATO’s Allied Maritime Command.

Rear-Admiral John Newton, Commander of Royal Canadian Maritime Forces Atlantic.

Sóley Kaldal, Risk Management and Safety Engineer specialist at the Icelandic Coast Guard

Jacob Børresen, Commodore (R) Royal Norwegian navy.

Jim Townsend, former US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for European and NATO Policy.

Followed by a panel discussion with the speakers and Arnór Sigurjónsson, Director, Icelandic Office of Security and Defence (CHOD) and Jóna Sólveig Elínardóttir, Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee at the Icelandic Parliament.