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Katarzyna Zysk

Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies (Professor) - The Norwegian Defence University College


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Norwegian Defence University College / Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies Akershus Fortress Oslo PO Box 890 Sentrum, 0153 Oslo, NORWAY

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Katarzyna Zysk is Professor of International Relations and Contemporary History at the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies (IFS, since 2007), which is part of the Norwegian Defence University College (NDUC) in Oslo. At the IFS, she also served as Deputy Director (2017–21), Head of Centre for Security Policy (2019–21) and Director of Research (2017–21). In 2016, she was Acting Dean of the Norwegian Defence University College, where she also teaches regularly. In 2015, she received Chief of the Norwegian Defence University College's Teaching Award. Currently, she is also Visiting Professor at Sciences Po in Paris (Center for International Studies, CERI), a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council (ACUS), a Core Group Member of the Russia Transatlantic Forum at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), Expert Group Member of the International Military Council on Climate and Security (IMCCS), and a Governing Board Member of the European Initiative for Security Studies (EISS), and Advisory Board Member of the Transatlantic Deterrence Dialogue Initiative. Prof. Zysk was Visiting Scholar at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at the Stanford University, Visiting Research Fellow at the Changing Character of War Centre at the University of Oxford, and at the Center for Naval Warfare Studies (Strategic Research Department) at the US Naval War College, where she also cooperated closely with the War Gaming Department. Prof. Zysk has an academic background in international relations and international history. Following her PhD thesis (2006) on NATO enlargement, her research has focused on security, defence, and strategic studies, including Russia's military strategy and warfare, security and defense, the Russian Navy, nuclear deterrence, maritime security and geopolitics in the Arctic, military change, defence innovation and breakthrough technologies. Recently, she has co-edited a special issue of the Journal of Strategic Studies on Defence Innovation and the 4th Industrial Revolution, where she also contributed a case study on Russia. Her published research has also appeared in SAIS Review of International Affairs, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Asia Policy, RUSI Journal, Politique Etrangère, International Relations, Jane's Navy International, War on the Rocks, and others, including in books published by Cambridge University Press and Oxford University Presses.

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Social sciences

Contemporary history (after 1945)


International security

Maritime security

High North and the Arctic

Norwegian security and defence policy

Russian military doctrine and strategy

Russia, security and defence policy

Russian Navy

Central and Eastern Europe

Security in transatlantic relations