Julie Wilhelmsen

Research Professor, Head of the Research group on Russia, Asia and International Trade

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

Work Experience

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

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