original speaker, Vidar Helgesen, unable to attend

Ulf Svedrup to speak from Norway during this weekend’s Camden Conference

Fri, 02/19/2021 - 3:45pm

Dr. Ulf Svedrup, director of the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, will be joining the 2021 Camden Conference’s Saturday morning session, which will focus on the outlook for development in the Arctic region.

Vidar Helgesen, who was originally planning to speak, has been sidelined with COVID-19 this past week. 

“Fortunately, we can report that Mr. Helgesen’s health is improving, but he has recommended Dr. Svedrup as the ideal choice to speak on how ‘A Frozen Region Goes Dynamic,’” said Camden Conference, in a news release.

Before joining the Norwegian Institute, Dr. Sverdrup was a professor at the Norwegian Business School (BI) and a research professor at ARENA, Centre for European Studies, at the University of Oslo. He has been a Jean Monnet fellow at the European University Institute, (Italy), and a visiting scholar at the Mannheimer Zentrum für Europäische Sozialforschung (Germany). He has also worked as senior advisor in the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Dr. Svedrup is a regular contributor to Dagens Næringsliv and to the Arctic Security Roundtable organized jointly by the Munich Security Conference, the Wilson Centre and NUPI.

He earned his Master’s degree at the University of Bergen and a doctoral degree in political science from the University of Oslo.


The 34th Annual Camden Conference—The Geopolitics of the Arctic: A Region in Peril, will be presented live from around the world via Livestream on February 20-21, 2021.

The mission of the Camden Conference is to foster informed discourse on world issues. For more information, please visit www.camdenconference.org or call 207-236-1034.