Post-conflict periods are difficult and sensitive times as leaders, factions and citizens pursue reconciliation and lasting peace. Norway has been engaged in a number of peace and reconciliation efforts around the world, notably in the Middle East, South Sudan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Colombia.
On Monday, June 16, the Foreign Policy program at Brookings hosted Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende for an address on the importance of dialogue and inclusiveness in post-conflict settings, as well as the need to establish stability and security in these war-torn countries. Foreign Minister Brende’s remarks were based on Norway’s experience working with a number of countries on post-conflict reconciliation efforts. This was the first time the Norwegian Foreign Minister has spoken in a public forum in the U.S. about the guiding principles behind Norwegian peace efforts.
This event also marked the inauguration of the Alan and Jane Batkin International Leaders Forum Series, a new event series hosted by Foreign Policy at Brookings, which will bring global political, diplomatic and thought leaders to Washington, D.C. for major policy addresses.