Happymon Jacob speaks to Nils Ragnar Kamsvåg, the ambassador of Norway to India since 2015, about Norway’s place in the comity of nations as a peacebuilder. Norwegian efforts and contribution toward UN peacekeeping are also discussed and the decline in the same since the 1990s is analysed.
Kamsvåg identifies Norway’s peace-building credentials as reflective of its foreign policy objective of establishing a rules-based international order. He addresses the controversy surrounding Norway’s former PM’s offer to mediate on Kashmir conflict between India and Pakistan, stating that the country’s official position is that Kashmir is a bilateral issue.
Kamsvåg talks about the evolution of India-Norway relations over his tenure as the ambassador of Norway to India.