Dr. John Karlsrud is Research Professor and Head of the Research group on peace, conflict and development.
Karlsrud earned his PhD at the University of Warwick. He is a member of the Editorial Boards of the journals Internasjonal Politikk and Contemporary Security Policy. Karlsrud has been a Visiting Fulbright Fellow at the Center on International Cooperation at New York University, and a Visiting Research Fellow at the International Peace Institute.
Topics of particular interests are norm change, peacekeeping, peacebuilding and humanitarian issues. He previously served as Special Assistant to the United Nations Special Representative in Chad and as part of the UN Development Programme’s leadership programme LEAD.
His latest article is Towards UN counter-terrorism operations? (Third World Quarterly, 2017) and he will soon publish UN peace operations in the 21st century: The UN at war (Palgrave, 2017) and UN Peacekeeping Doctrine in a New Era (Routledge 2017, co-edited with Cedric de Coning and Chiyuki Aoi). He has recently published Norm Change in International Relations (Routledge, 2016) and The Future of African Peace Operations: From the Janjaweed to Boko Haram (Zed Books, 2016, co-edited with Cedric de Coning and Linnéa Gelot).
His article "The UN at War: Examining the Consequences of Peace Enforcement Mandates for the UN Peacekeeping Operations in the CAR, the DRC and Mali" from 2015 is the second most downloaded article in the journal Third World Quarterly.
He has worked in Bosnia and Hercegovina, Chad, Palestine (West Bank), Norway and USA, and conducted field research and shorter missions to Haiti, Liberia, Mozambique, Serbia, Sierra Leone, South Sudan and Ukraine.
2014 Senior Executive Course 13, Norwegian Defence University College, Aug-Nov 2014
2010-2014 Ph.D., Politics and Internationals Studies, University of Warwick. Title: Linked Ecologies and Norm Change in United Nations Peacekeeping Operations
2005 Master of Peace and Conflict Studies / International Affairs with Distinction Joint Master from Institute for Graduate Studies in International Affairs, Australian National University and the Peace Research Centre of Oslo
2020- Head of the Reserach group on peace, conflict and development
2015- External Associate, Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation, University of Warwick 2015 Fulbright Visiting Fellow, Center on International Cooperation, New York University
2015 Visiting Fellow, International Peace Institute
2012 Lecturer, IR Master
2010- Programme Manager and Senior Research Fellow at Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI)
2010- Senior Research Fellow, NUPI
2008-2010 Special Assistant to the Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG), United Nations Mission in Chad and the Central African Republic (MINURCAT), Chad
2006-2008 Policy and Strategy Analyst, Strategic and Regional Initiatives Unit (SRIU), Regional Bureau for Africa (RBA), UNDP New York HQ
2005-2006 Researcher and Assistant to the Managing Director, Fafo Institute for Applied International Studies (AIS)
2002-2003 Liaison and Operations Officer for NATO in Bosnia and Hercegovina (BiH), seconded by the Norwegian Army
Publications All publications
Publication : Academic article | 2023
Ad hoc coalitions (AHCs) are an indispensable but scantly conceptualized part of global governance. In recent years, several typologies and classific1
Publication : Popular scientific article | 2021
International organisations (IOs) are created with the aim of solving collective action problems when a crisis arises. Yet, member states have repeat1
Publication : Popular scientific article | 2021
United Nations peace operations and the prevention of violent extremism and counterterrorism agendas (PVE/CT) have been on converging paths since the1
Projects All projects
Research project | 2023 - 2027 (Ongoing)
How should the EU navigate the increasingly complex - and conflict-laden - institutional spaces of global governance to advance a rules-based international order? And what factors should be emphasized...
Research project | 2021 - 2025 (Ongoing)
ADHOCISM asks what is the impact of ad hoc crisis responses on international organisations?...
Research project | 2018 - 2022 (Ongoing)
NUPI together with 40 partners from across the globe have established an international network to undertake research into the effectiveness of peace operations....
Research project | 2017 - 2021 (Ongoing)
The aim of this project is to strengthen the ability of UN peace operations to respond to global security challenges and improve their effectiveness....
Research project | 2017 (Completed)
The projects looks at a a joint collaboration between Norway and other UN member states for a rotational agreement to provide a transport plane to MINUSMA....
Events All events
EventThu 9 Mar 2023Time: 09:00 Europe/Oslo | Location: NUPI
Ian Martin, the UN’s former representative in Libya, critically reflects on the international intervention in 2011, and subsequent events.
EventTue 14 Mar 2017Time: 12:30 Europe/Oslo | Location: NUPI
What relevance does UN peacekeeping have for conflict management today? NUPI has the pleasure of inviting you to a seminar and panel discussion about the new book “UN Peacekeeping doctrine in a new era”, co-edited by two of NUPI's researchers.
EventTue 25 Oct 2016Time: 13:30 Europe/Oslo | Location: NUPI
Arthur Boutellis from the International Peace Institute will present his latest report on UN peace operations and violent extremism.
Articles All articles
28 Feb 2023
How does this impact on international organisations?
3 Jan 2022
3 Jan 2022
What can we do to prevent war? How can countries emerging from conflict avoid relapse? How well do international peace operations actually work?