Minister of Defence of the Kingdom of Norway
Mr. Espen Barth Eide has been Minister of Defence of Norway since November 2011.
He served as State Secretary (Deputy Minister) in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) from June 2010 to November 2011. Mr. Eide also served as State Secretary in the MFA in the first Stoltenberg Government (2000-2001), and was State Secretary in the Ministry of Defence from October 2005 to June 2010. Mr. Espen Barth Eide has been actively engaged in raising the issue of the Arctic/High North on the Norwegian, Nordic and NATO agendas and is engaged in inter-ministerial cooperation on the development of Norway’s policy on Afghanistan and other on-going operations.
Since 2001, Mr Eide has been a member of the Presidency of the Party of European Socialists (PES), a European political party. Mr Eide was a senior researcher at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) from 1993 to 1999 and was the Director of the Department of International Politics at NUPI from 2002 to 2005.
Over the last two decades Mr. Eide has had several assignments for the UN, including responsibility for directing the policy review on “integrated missions” commissioned by the UN Secretariat in 2004. Mr Eide also served as an expert adviser to the High-Level Panel on UN Reform, which completed its work in 2005. In 2003 he was selected as a “global leader of tomorrow” by the World Economic Forum at its annual meeting in Davos.