Jonas Gahr Støre
was born 25 August 1960. He was appointed Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs 17 October 2005. He studied political science at the Paris Institute of Political Studies, Sciences Po, in Paris, 1981-1985.His first major international position was as Executive Director (Chief of Staff) in the World Health Organization under the leadership of Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland. This was followed by a year as State Secretary and Chief of Staff for Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, 2000-2001. His free time interests include freelance work as a literary critic. On January 14, 2008 a suicide bomber struck the Serena Hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan, where Støre was staying. Støre was unhurt in the incident, which killed six people, including a Norwegian journalist who was part of Støre's delegation.
As a wealthy oil nation, Norway is increasingly faced with choices at the crossroads of economic interests and ethical values. Norwegian foreign minister Jonas Gahr Støre argues that trade relations are more effective than economic sanctions as a way to achieve ethical and political goals. [more]