The first few weeks of this academic year have been quite busy and characterized by developments both in projects and staff of the Institute of International Affairs (IIA) and its two research centres.
Two former staff members have taken on new roles and responsibilities. Jon Gunnar Olafsson, former Project Manager at the Centre for Small State Studies, joined a PhD programme at Goldsmiths University in London and Kristinn Schram has a new position as Assistant Professor in Folklore and Museum Studies at the University of Iceland and is therefore no longer the Director of the Centre for Arctic Policy Studies.
Pia Hansson remains the Director of the Institute of International Affairs and its two research centres. Tomas Joensen is now Project Manager at the Centre for Small State Studies and will also be responsible for research and publications. Margret Cela will be responsible for projects that fall under the Centre for Arctic Policy Studies and Jona Solveig Elinardottir is in charge of preparing the establishment of a new Peace Centre in Iceland, a collaborative project between the University of Iceland and the City of Reykjavik. The Institute of International Affairs welcomes a new Project Manager, Audur Orlygsdottir who will, amongst other things, be working on public relations and event management.
Furthermore, the IIA website has undergone some developments and a new section has been created containing information on affiliated researchers, see www.ams.hi.is.
The Institute of International Affairs is looking forward to this academic year and we encourage you to follow us on the website (www.ams.hi.is) as well as on our social media platforms on Facebook and Twitter for information on upcoming events and new publications.
Open seminars hosted by the Institute of International Affairs at the University of Iceland
The Institute of International Affairs (IIA) at the University of Iceland has organised open seminars on various topics at the start of this fall semester. The seminars include:
August 5. Scottish resistance to Trident on our soil, and the implications for the UK and the wider world.
Veronika Tudhope, Vice-President of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) in Scotland and Chair Member of the CND in Britain.
August 31. Elections in the Faroe Islands.
Petur Petersen, Ambassador of the Faroe Islands to Iceland.
September 4. Scotland and Iceland: Crisis, Flux & Constitutional Change.
Mike Small, Editor of Bella Caledonia and Reporter for the Guardian.
September 7. Threats to Freedom of Expression in Media and on the Internet.
Dunja Mijatovic, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media (RfoM).
September 22. A Unified Effort: Strategic and Military Challenges in Northern Europe.
Rolf Tamnes, Chair of the Expert Commission on Norwegian Security and Defence Policy and Valur Ingimundarson, Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Iceland.
September 28. Hiroshima: The Atomic Story.
Yumie Hirano, Official Hiroshima A-bomb Legacy Successor.
October 6. The UK‘s relationship with the EU.
Vijay Rangarajan, Head of the Europe Directorate of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.