WASHINGTON, February 25, 2014—The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) welcomes Espen Barth Eide as a senior adviser and affiliate to the CSIS Europe Program. Minister Eide joins CSIS as he assumes his new position as Managing Director and Member of the Managing Board of the World Economic Forum (WEF), headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.
“Espen Barth Eide is a tremendous addition and intellectual resource to CSIS,” said John J. Hamre, President, CEO, and Pritzker Chair at CSIS. “Espen has been a great friend and colleague to CSIS throughout his distinguished career. We look forward to our continued partnership as Espen takes on a leading role at the prestigious World Economic Forum and know that his advice and counsel will complement our ongoing transatlantic and Arctic research agenda as well as other CSIS areas of focus.”
“The CSIS stands out as a world-class institution of strategic thinking and research on international affairs”, said Espen Barth Eide. “I have enjoyed an excellent cooperation with CSIS for many years, both when in government and as an academic. I am delighted to strengthen this relationship through being named a non-resident senior advisor, and look forward to further developing cooperation between the World Economic Forum and CSIS as the Forum ventures more into the field international security and strategy issues”.
Espen Barth Eide served as Norway’s Foreign Minister (2012-13) as well as Defense Minister (2011-2012) and had previously served as both Deputy Foreign and Defense Minister from 2000-2001 and 2005-2011. Minister Eide has been an international thought leader on the future of NATO, international cooperation in the Arctic, greater Nordic foreign and security policy collaboration as well as United Nations reforms efforts and expanding partnerships with emerging countries. Prior to his government service, Mr. Eide served as a Research Director at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI).
The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is a bipartisan, non-profit organization founded in 1962 and headquartered in Washington, D.C. It seeks to advance global security and prosperity by providing strategic insights and policy solutions to decision makers.