Halvard Leira

Research Professor

Halvard Leira’s main areas of research is foreign policy and diplomacy, with a special emphasis on the Norwegian varieties. He also has a long-standing research interest in historical international relations, and international thought. Leira completed his PhD thesis in May 2011, titled «The Emergence of Foreign Policy: Knowledge, Discourse, History».

  • Publication : Academic article

    The Intercity Origins of Diplomacy: Consuls, Empires, and the Sea

    City diplomacy is a fairly new topic in the study of diplomacy, and, many would argue, a fairly recent empirical phenomenon. A counterpoint to this could be to reference how the alleged origin of diplomacy in Greek antiquity was city-centered, as were the earliest forms of Renaissance diplomacy in...
  • Publication : Academic chapter/article/Conference paper

    Afterword: Gendering the Brand

    One potentially productive way of framing the debates about nation-branding and public diplomacy is to consider them both subsumed under the broader motivations of status, prestige and reputation. On the one hand, it emphasizes how domestic politics can shape status-seeking and how the domestic resonance...
  • Publication : Academic chapter/article/Conference paper

    Inter-governmentality: A framework for analysis

    This chapter explores the analytical purchase of the governmentality-framework when applied to interactions between polities before the early modern period, what I refer to as inter-governmentality. Starting from the assumptions that: (1) governmentality (historically understood) was always entangled...
  • News

    NUPI replaces NRK P2's 'Ekko' this week

    07.12.2020
    NUPI has produced ten hours of high quality radio about foreign policy and international relations. The programs will air on NRK P2 during week 50, Monday to Friday from 9.00 to 11.00. Tune in!
  • News

    NUPI replaces NRK P2's 'Ekko' this week

    07.12.2020
    NUPI has produced ten hours of high quality radio about foreign policy and international relations. The programs will air on NRK P2 during week 50, Monday to Friday from 9.00 to 11.00. Tune in!
  • Publication : Academic monograph

    Hva er Internasjonal Politikk

    The term international politics is used both for events and processes in the world around us - and for the study of these. The subject covers obvious topics such as war, trade and diplomacy, but it also deals with more everyday phenomena such as tourism, immigration and how individuals are affected by...
  • Publication : Academic monograph

    Utenrikspolitikkens opprinnelse

    In this book, Halvard Leira deals with how Norwegian foreign policy originated. He shows that foreign policy is a relatively new phenomenon and that its origins must be sought in the field of tension between royal power and popular power in the second half of the 19th century. The way this happened in...
  • News

    COVID-19 and the consequences for international relations

    28.04.2020
    Read our briefs and expert commentary on how Covid-19 affects developing countries and international affairs.
  • Research project

    Consequences of Investments for National Security (COINS)

    2019 - 2023 (Ongoing)

    How can liberal open societies reap the benefits of open economies, but at the same time protect their legitimate security interests? In the project “Consequences of Investments for National Security” (COINS) we are examining how liberal economies can attract foreign investments whilst at the same time...

  • Publication : Academic lecture

    Making foreign policy foreign

    Building on earlier work, I delve into the translations of “foreign policy” and the potential challenges following from these translations. I start with a section on how something conceptualizable as “foreign policy” first emerged. Then I discuss at an overarching level how this something was translated....
  • Mon 4 Nov 2019
    Event

    How do revolutions begin, unfold and end?

    Time: 13:15 Location: NUPI

    To mark the establishment of the Centre of Historical International Politics (CHIP) at NUPI, we have the pleasure of inviting you to a talk with Dr George Lawson on ‘Anatomies of revolution’.

  • Publication : Academic lecture

    A Conceptual History of International Relations

    In this lecture, I discussed why we need a conceptual history of international relations, and how we can go about writing it.
  • Publication : ARTIKKEL

    Ethnic Diversity in the Recruitment of Diplomats: Why MFAs Take the Issue Seriously

    Diversity and its management have become an issue in all organisations. Ministries of foreign affairs (MFAs) do not escape the issue. In the 2000s, states decided to consider more ethnic diversity in the recruitment of their diplomats. In some countries, this new goal requires affirmative action programs....
  • Publication : Del av bok/rapport

    Stubbornly Stumbling into Making History: Constructivism and Historical International Relations

    The aim of this chapter is threefold; first we try to recollect through the hazy dim of personal history and histories how we eventually became the researchers we are today. Second, we focus on what to us at the time – and, to some extent, still – appeared as contingent, random and haphazard experiences...
  • Publication : Del av bok/rapport

    Introduction: The Duty of Care in International Relations

    In this introduction, we lay out the premises, logics and content of the book in more detail. In the next section, we introduce a varied set of current international challenges concerning the relationship between states and citizens. In the third section, we present the historical background for why...
  • Publication : ANTOLOGI

    The Duty of Care in International Relations Protecting Citizens Beyond the Border

    2019
    This book offers a first overarching look at the relationship between states and their citizens abroad, approached through the concept 'Duty of Care'. How can society best be protected, when increasing numbers of citizens are found outside the borders of the state? What are the limits to care...
  • Research project

    A Conceptual History of International Relations (CHOIR)

    2019 - 2023 (Ongoing)

    The purpose of CHOIR is to investigate taken-for-granted concepts of international relations.

  • Publication : ARTIKKEL

    The emergence of foreign policy

    International relations scholarship typically treats foreign policy as a taken-for-granted analytical concept. It assumes either that all historical polities have foreign policies or that foreign policy originates in seventeenth-century Europe with the separation between the “inside” and “outside” of...
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    What does foreign policy really mean?

    This, with other widely used IR concepts, is what Halvard Leira and his project CHOIR team have received funding to explore.