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Leader: The framework of freedom

Is Jan Egeland a threat to free research?


When Terje Tvedt received the Fritt Ord Award on Tuesday, the thank-you speech was strong evidence that he deserved it. The professor, dissident and intermediary are best known for their criticism of Norwegian aid policy. Tvedt succeeded in illustrating large parts of his project by pointing to one person as an example of the core of the problems of Norwegian aid policy.

He did not become foreign minister this time, but has been secretary of state for most of the 1990s. As a UN summit, he has long been among the world's most powerful men, and as Secretary General of the Norwegian Red Cross, he was one of the most important premise providers and practitioners of Norwegian aid policy. Jan Egeland is among the very few Norwegians who are over-qualified for almost any job. As the new director of the Norwegian Foreign Policy Institute, Nupi, he appears as a warp.

But everyone who heard Terje Tvedt's speech understood that they. . .

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