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European Security: The Nordic Perspective

  • Lost Rivers Bar & Kitchen 122 Old Street London, England, EC1V 9BD United Kingdom (map)

With Arctic ice melt laying the foundations for a 'Northern Great Game,' the threat of hybrid warfare and grey zone conflict and the renewed interests of near-peer and peer competitors, the Nordic region has become a potential flash point for both European and global security. In our inaugural event, we will be exploring how Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden perceive and seek to address current geopolitical concerns and how external actors such as NATO, Russia and the United States view the Nordic region.

Join us for the opportunity to better understand the Nordic view of European security from a panel of distinguished experts and meet like minded young professionals with a passion to shape security and foreign policy. Following the discussion, attendees will have an opportunity to continue the conversation over drinks.


Elisabeth Braw

Elisabeth Braw is a nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security and a senior consultant at the London headquarters of Control Risks, the global risk consulting firm. She was previously a journalist and remains a frequent contributor to The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, the Financial Times, Defense One, and Politico, focusing on European security. Elisabeth has also been a visiting fellow at the University of Oxford. She is a native of Sweden and attended university in Germany, finishing her Magister Artium degree in political science and German literature with a dissertation on nuclear weapons reduction in Europe.

Mathieu Boulegue

Mathieu Boulegue is a Research Fellow for The Royal Institute of International Affairs Russia and Eurasia Programme at Chatham House. Before joining Chatham House, Mathieu was a partner at the risk management and strategic research consultancy AESMA, where he worked as director of Eurasian affairs. In his research, Mathieu focuses particularly on Eurasian security and defence issues as well as on Russia’s domestic and foreign policy. Having trained as a policy and security analyst in the field of post-Soviet affairs, Mathieu regularly publishes articles and papers on Eurasian security & foreign policy questions. He graduated from Sciences Po Toulouse in France and King’s College London (M.A. International Conflict Studies).

Colonel Per Jenvald

Colonel Per Jenvald currently serves as the Swedish Defense Attache to the United Kingdom and Ireland. Per has served in the Swedish Armed Forces for over 30 years in a wide range of assignments, including Commanding Officer of the Swedish Naval Warfare Centre, Head of the Swedish Armed Forces Infrastructure Department, Head of Strategy & Tactics Department at the Swedish Naval Academy and numerous other commands and positions focusing on mine and antisubmarine warfare. He is a member of the Royal Society of Naval Sciences and a graduate of Command and General Staff Course, National Defence College, Stockholm, and holds an MBA from the Stockholm School of Economics.