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Ulf Sverdrup

Former Director

Summary

Ulf Sverdrup was the Director of the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) from 2011 to 2023. 

Sverdrup led a government appointed commission on the long-term perspectives for the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global, and he was the Head of the Secretariat for the Official Norwegian Europe Review (NOU 2012:2.)

Sverdrup published extensively on various topics in international politics, with a particular emphasis on European affairs and Norwegian foreign policy.

Expertise

  • International investments
  • Regional integration
  • Foreign policy
  • Europe
  • The EU

Education

2000 Dr. polit, Arena/Department of political science, University of Oslo

1993 Cand. polit, University of Bergen

Work Experience

2011-2023 Director, NUPI

2010-2011 Head of the Secretariat for the Official Norwegian Europe Review (NOU 2012:2)

2000-2011 Research professor at ARENA, Centre for European Studies, at the University of Oslo

2008-2010 Professor at BI

Aktivitet

Publications
Publications
Scientific article

Forsvarets langtidsplan til ompuss

(Op-ed in Norwegian only): The parliament sent the proposed long-term plan for the armed forces back to the government. In this op-ed, Karsten Friis and Ulf Sverdrup gives an onerview of the most pressing concerns the new plan should consider.

  • Defence
  • Security policy
  • NATO
  • Intelligence
  • Defence
  • Security policy
  • NATO
  • Intelligence
Publications
Publications
Report

Ten Years On: Reassessing the Stoltenberg Report on Nordic Cooperation

Ten years ago, the report ‘Nordic cooperation on foreign and security policy’ was presented to the Nordic foreign ministers at an extraordinary meeting in Oslo, Norway. Penned and fronted by Norway’s former foreign minister Thorvald Stoltenberg, the report proposed thirteen ways in which Nordic cooperation in the foreign and security domain could be formalized and strengthened. In this review, we revisit these thirteen proposals and ask: How important was the 2009 Stoltenberg Report for boosting Nordic foreign and security policy cooperation? What progress can we observe in the decade that has passed since the report was released?

  • Security policy
  • Foreign policy
  • The Nordic countries
  • Governance
  • Security policy
  • Foreign policy
  • The Nordic countries
  • Governance
Publications
Publications
Scientific article

Holdninger til utenlandske investeringer fra Kina i de nordiske land

How does the Nordic public view foreign investments? Does the country of origin for such investments matter for the public? Would the public be more critical of investments into certain sectors of the economy, whilst being less critical to foreign investments in others? This essay presents the results from an extensive survey of public opinion conducted across all the Nordic countries.

  • International economics
  • International investments
  • Europe
  • Asia
  • The Nordic countries
  • International economics
  • International investments
  • Europe
  • Asia
  • The Nordic countries
Research project
2019 - 2023 (Ongoing)

Consequences of Investments for National Security (COINS)

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”...

  • Security policy
  • Economic growth
  • Trade
  • International investments
  • Globalisation
  • Development policy
  • Europe
  • Russia and Eurasia
  • Asia
  • The Nordic countries
  • Governance
  • The EU
  • Security policy
  • Economic growth
  • Trade
  • International investments
  • Globalisation
  • Development policy
  • Europe
  • Russia and Eurasia
  • Asia
  • The Nordic countries
  • Governance
  • The EU
Publications
Publications
Report

A Governance and Risk Inventory for a Changing Arctic

Many government officials, military leaders, and political observers have proclaimed the rise of a new, post-Cold War global great power competition between the United States, Russia, and China with myriad implications. Using this new reality as the backdrop for the Arctic Security Roundtable at the Munich Security Conference 2020, roundtable participants are asked to explore, discuss, and debate this issue in the context of, and implications for the new globalized Arctic. This paper – a primer of Arctic trends, risks, and institutions – provides a useful starting point for the discussion. Discussing Arctic security in high-level forums is important. One might ask why we should take the time to discuss the Arctic if we are not fighting a war there. The answer is this: there is a new ocean opening up due to global climate change. There is a promising track record of governance cooperation in the region that serves as a basis for pursuing sustainable management of and peace in this new ocean. The point of dialogue – with an emphasis on cooperation, joint governance and outlining risks and potential tipping points – is to make sure that we do not add the Arctic to the already far-too-long list of global hot spots. The Arctic Security Roundtable at the Munich Security Conference 2020 provides one such confidential forum for proactive and constructive debate on Arctic security issues.

  • Security policy
  • The Arctic
  • Governance
  • Security policy
  • The Arctic
  • Governance
Event
11:30 - 12:30
NUPI
Engelsk
Event
11:30 - 12:30
NUPI
Engelsk
25. Nov 2019
Event
11:30 - 12:30
NUPI
Engelsk

CANCELLED: Europe in 2020 – a Finnish perspective

This event has been cancelled due to unforeseen events.

Event
10:30 - 12:00
NUPI
Engelsk
Event
10:30 - 12:00
NUPI
Engelsk
19. Nov 2019
Event
10:30 - 12:00
NUPI
Engelsk

Breakfast seminar: How does China view the world economy?

We hear a lot about the slowing of China’s economic growth and the trade war with USA. How do Chinese researchers view the situation and what does it mean for other countries and Norway?

Event
16:00 - 18:00
NUPI
Engelsk
Event
16:00 - 18:00
NUPI
Engelsk
27. Oct 2019
Event
16:00 - 18:00
NUPI
Engelsk

Why Populist Foreign Policies in Europe are Doomed to Fail

Professor Andrew Moravcsik visits NUPI to talk about the surge of populism in Europe and its limitations for foreign policy.

Event
10:30 - 12:00
NUPI
Engelsk
Event
10:30 - 12:00
NUPI
Engelsk
17. Jun 2019
Event
10:30 - 12:00
NUPI
Engelsk

Governing oceans in an age of global shifts

How can we ensure that the oceans are governed in a secure and sustainable way? How can coastal states like Norway use the oceans to increase their economic growth? Welcome to this seminar and launch of NUPI’s new Center for Ocean Governance.

Bildet viser de nordiske landene sine flagg
Research Project
2018 - 2019 (Completed)

The Nordics and the International

Why is there not more Nordic cooperation on the international arena, when Nordic politicians so often express a willingness to develop cooperation in this field further? This project aims to build new...

  • Defence
  • Security policy
  • NATO
  • Foreign policy
  • The Nordic countries
  • International organizations
  • The EU
  • United Nations
  • Defence
  • Security policy
  • NATO
  • Foreign policy
  • The Nordic countries
  • International organizations
  • The EU
  • United Nations
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