Julie Wilhelmsen is Research Professor at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs. She holds a PhD in political science and conducts research in the fields of critical security studies, Russian foreign and security policies and the radicalization of Islam in Eurasia.
The two post-soviet Chechen wars have been a constant focus in her research and she is also heads projects related to conflict resolution in the North Caucasus. From 2012 to 2016 she was the editor of the Scandinavian-language journal Internasjonal Politikk, and has a wide outreach to the Norwegian public on issues related to Russia and Eurasia through frequent public talks and media comments. In 2019 – 2021 Wilhelmsen is an expert in the Cooperative Security Initiative (CSI), an initiative which is designed to generate ideas and shift momentum in favor of cooperative security and multilateralism through the OSCE in order to build a safer Europe.
2014 Ph.D in Political Science, University of Oslo. Areas of specialisation: Russian Politics, Critical Security Studies, Discourse Analysis
1999 Cand.Polit. (Political Science), University of Oslo
1996 Master of Science in Russian and Post-Soviet Studies, London School of Economics and Political Science
1995 Mellomfag in Political Science, University of Oslo
1994 Mellomfag in Russian, University of Oslo
2022- Head of the Research group on Russia, Asia and International Trade
2022- Research professor
2014-2022 Senior Researcher, NUPI
2003-2014 Researcher, Centre for Russian Studies, NUPI
2001-2003 Researcher and Project manager, Norwegian Defence Reseach Establishment
1999-2001 Higher executive officer, Norwegian Directorate of Immigration
Publications All publications
Publication : Academic article | 2023
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Publication | 2023
Jeg forsøker å skjønne hvorfor Kreml handler som det gjør. Er det virkelig det samme som å støtte disse handlingene?
Projects All projects
Research project | 2022 - 2025 (Ongoing)
Russia’s reinvasion of Ukraine in 2022 precipitated a challenging new chapter for Arctic political and security dynamics. Going forward, security and governance developments in the region will continu...
Research project | 2022 - 2024 (Ongoing)
This project will investigate how Nordic and Black Sea Region must be prepared to meet and deal with the challenges posed by political warfare....
Research project | 2023 - 2024 (Ongoing)
The aim of the project is to develop enhanced knowledge of the security-related challenges, risks and threats Poland and Norway face in their strategic environment in the aftermath of the Russian inva...
Research project | 2021 - 2024 (Ongoing)
The main objective of the RUSMENA project is to examine Russian power practices in the Middle East and Northern Africa (MENA) region between 2011 and 2021....
Research project | 2020 - 2023 (Ongoing)
This three-year project addresses the acutely relevant question of whether Norway is acquiring the precarious status of an ‘in-between’ state in the Kremlin’s eye after the watershed events of 2014 (A...
Events All events
EventTue 21 Mar 2023Time: 09:00 Europe/Oslo | Location: Marmorsalen på Sentralen, Oslo
The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and NUPI have the pleasure of inviting you to the Norwegian Foreign Policy Conference 2023, 21 March at Sentralen, Oslo.
EventTue 28 Feb 2023Time: 08:30 Europe/Oslo | Location: NUPI/Livestream to Facebook and Youtube
How has the Russian foreign policy debate changed, and how is it shaped by the European debate on Russia?
EventWed 14 Oct 2020Time: 10:00 Europe/Oslo | Location: Webinar
Georgia wants closer integration in Western institutions and is also Russia's neighbour. How does this affect Georgia’s foreign policy?
EventTue 21 Jan 2020Time: 09:00 Europe/Oslo | Location: NUPI
What do we really know about one of the most powerful men in the world after two decades in power?
EventSun 10 Nov 2019Time: 14:00 Europe/Oslo | Location: NUPI
Dr Ekaterina Sokirianskaia, will present her book project on the situation in North Caucasus.
Articles All articles
17 Apr 2023
Through her nuanced commentary and courage to speak up in a heated public debate, Julie Wilhelmsen has demonstrated the importance of academic freedo1
14 Jun 2022
The NUPI project 'Russian repertoires of power in the MENA region' (RUSMENA) organized a two-day roundtable in Italy.
13 Jan 2022
Foreign fighters in Ukraine, 20 years after 9/11 and the role of technology in violent extremism were some of the topics on the Consortium’s agenda i1
21 Apr 2022
Freedom of speech in Russia has gradually been shrinking over the years, with a turn for the worse after Putin’s invasion in Ukraine. In this episode1