Interview done together with Truls Øhra
Thorbjørn Jagland’s new book Years of peace and unrest. Memoirs from a Political Life, Volume II, is the occasion for this longer conversation. Modern Times Review chooses here, unlike most Norwegian reviews – which are mostly about which Norwegian politicians are violated – to address the foreign policy act Jagland has done for over 20 years.
From his experiences as chair of the Storting’s Foreign Affairs Committee, President of the Storting, chair of the Socialist International’s Middle East Committee, chair of the Nobel Committee and Secretary General of the Council of Europe (2009–2019), Jagland tells of 20 dramatic years in world politics.
The book deals, for example, with the geo-politics behind Afghanistan, the bombing of Libya and humanitarian disasters caused by the invasion of Iraq and the civil war in Syria. Despite these experiences, NATO still invites its members to join a new military adventure in the South China Sea. Jagland rather believes that the money should be used to sort out the disasters that need repair. The experiences from the years in Strasbourg also brought him close to all the member states of the Council of Europe, which has helped to shape his views on a number of foreign policy issues.
Jagland has long seen, also since September 11, 2001, that the relationship between the «West» and Islam, the Christian world and the Muslim, between the Orient and the Occident «would become the central theme of international politics . . .
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