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Norwegian Risk Forum 2017
October 19
Grand Hotel, Oslo


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The 8th annual international Norwegian Risk Forum examines Geopolitical Risks and Business Opportunities in the Middle East.

As the Arab Spring challenged decades-long leadership structures across the Middle East a series of new wars, conflicts and terrorist organizations emerged. While many analysts mistakenly state that the Middle East collapses we observe a dynamic region in a transformative period where new alliances and geopolitical lineages emerge yet the centuries-old Sunni-Shia rivalry command Iranian and Saudi foreign and security policies.

Although the war in Syria enters its seventh year negotiations in Astana and Geneva seek a comprehensive political solution. The battle against ISIS in Mosul and imminent attack on ISIS’ headquarter in Raqqa may transform their organized structure into smaller terrorist cells.

The Gulf States attract, facilitate and channel large investments regionally and globally. While Saudi Arabia wages war against the Iranian-backed Houthis in Yemen they also plan the largest IPO in history as Saudi Aramco prepares to sell 5 % of its shares to create a 2 trillion USD fund to diversify the Saudi economy. Iran experiences surging investments after signing the JCPOA in 2016, which removed the UN-backed sanctions.

Turkey remains an important regional economic power although the failed coup in June 2016 revealed internal rivalries. Egypt which ousted Mubarak, then elected Morsi before nationwide protests heralded General Sisi's reign received large IMF loans to stabilize its economy while fighting IS on the Sinai Peninsula.

The Middle East's unique geostrategic location between Europe, Asia and Africa gravitate its trading, shipping and logistical epicenter in the global economy.

We look forward to welcome leading experts, officials and participants to NRCI’s 8th annual international Norwegian Risk Forum 2017 at the Grand Hotel in Oslo on October 19.

”Well organised and high level speakers”

Jørn Mastervik
Vice President Global Operation
Kongsberg Maritime

”Norwegian Risk Forum 2016 was very good”

Torodd Eeg-Olsen
Head of Risk Management

”With thorough and professional preparations NRCI left nothing to chance at NRF 2016 examining risks and opportunities in Iran. Eminently moderated under Chatham House rules, a select number of experienced and knowledgeable participants made it a very rewarding experience and a privilege to take part.”

Sverre Lodgaard
Senior Research Fellow and former Director from 1997-2007
Norwegian Institute of International Affairs - NUPI