22. juli-senteret

Programme, 21 July 2021, University Aula, 14:30–16:00, followed by a press conference from 16:00–16:30 

Organised by: 22 July Centre

Part 1 (in Norwegian, with interpretation to English):

On 22 July 2021, Jens Stoltenberg was 52 years old and the Prime Minister of Norway. Astrid Willa Eide Hoem was 16, and attending her second summer camp on the island of Utøya. The discussion will focus on their respective roles and situations as the terrorist attacks unfolded. Today, Mr Stoltenberg is the Secretary-General of NATO, and Ms Hoem is the head of the Workers’ Youth League (AUF). How has their experience from 22 July affected them, and what is their motivation for continuing to tell their stories, 10 years on?

Moderator: Maja Gudim Burheim, Senior Adviser, 22 July Centre

Part 2 (in English)

Panel: Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, Norwegian Labour Party leader Jonas Gahr Støre, and Executive Vice President of the 9/11 Memorial Museum Clifford Chanin

The fact that the perpetrator of the 22 July attacks was an ethnic Norwegian who grew up outside Oslo challenged established notions about who and what a terrorist is. This terrorist was not an outsider, he was ‘one of us.’  That was incomprehensible to many people. How could this happen?  People came together in public spaces to voice their support of common values. The solidarity and empathy shown by the rest of the world, and especially by our neighbours here in the north, were vital for a nation in shock.

2021 also marks the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in the US on 11 September 2001. Those attacks placed terrorism firmly on the global agenda, and in many ways shaped the ideas that were turned upside down on 22 July. Today, the world is dealing with a complex threat landscape in which international terrorist networks exist side by side with lone wolf terrorists, who find motivation and a community online. Attacks by far-right extremists and more or less organised networks of Islamist terrorist groups fuel and reinforce ideas about ‘the others’, and give rise to growing polarisation in our societies.

In 2019, Norway was subject to yet another killing and act of terrorism. Once again, the perpetrator was a young man who grew up here. The racist views and anti-Muslim hatred motivating the terrorist who killed Johanne Zhangjia Ihle-Hansen and attacked the al-Noor Islamic Centre were a familiar narrative to most of us by then.

The panel brings together leading Scandinavian politicians in a discussion on 22 July, democracy, marginalisation, racism, solidarity and Nordic self-understanding. The 9/11 Memorial Museum has collaborated with the 22 July Centre for many years, and is represented on the panel by Executive Vice President Clifford Chanin. He will provide perspectives on our common experience of how to live on as societies in the aftermath of terror.

What is the status in the Nordic countries in 2021, who is included in the broader ‘we’, and how can we work across national borders and political differences to prevent terrorism from striking again?

Moderator: Anne Talsnes, Senior Adviser, 22 July Centre

A video message from Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand will be shown.

Programme:

14:30 Welcoming remarks, Lena Fahre, Director, 22 July Centre
14:35 Conversation between Jens Stoltenberg and Astrid W. E. Hoem. Moderator: Maja Gudim Burheim, 22 July Centre
15:12 Introduction to the panel discussion, Lena Fahre, Director, 22 July Centre
15:14 Introduction by moderator. Moderator Anne Talsnes, 22 July Centre introduces the video
15:17 Video message from Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand
15:20 Panel discussion (in English) on 22 July, democracy, marginalisation, racism, solidarity and Nordic self-understanding, with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, Norwegian Labour Party leader Jonas Gahr Støre, and Executive Vice President of the 9/11 Memorial Museum Clifford Chanin. Moderator: Anne Talsnes, 22 July Centre,
Closing remarks: Anne Talsnes, 22 July Centre
16:00–16.30 Press conference. Participants:

Prime Minister Erna Solberg

Prime Minister Stefan Löfven

Norwegian Labour Party leader Jonas Gahr Støre

Executive Vice President of the 9/11 Memorial Museum Clifford Chanin

Workers’ Youth League (AUF) leader Astrid W.E. Hoem