Julie Wilhelmsen is a senior research fellow 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
2014 - 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
Identification and physical disconnect in Russian foreign policy: Georgia as a Western proxy once again?Publication : Academic article | 2022
Evolving official Russian identifications of Georgia amount to a dangerous securitisation of this small neighbour – achieved through a focus not on G1
Publication : Academic monograph | 0
This dissertation investigates how violence against a given territory or group of people becomes acceptable to leaders and their publics. Some wars a1
Publication : Academic article | 2022
How does a security dilemma dynamic between parties deemed not to hold hostile intentions toward each other emerge and escalate? This article investi1
Publication | 2021
Moscow increasingly views the ‘Collective West’ as an offensive actor and the High North as terrain for NATO ‘expansion’. Norway figures as an active1
Publication : Academic article | 2021
The Unsustainable Russia-US Partnership in the War on Terror. Russia and the USA forged a strategic partnership following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.1
Projects All projects
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...
Research project | 2020 - 2023 (Ongoing)
Tension between great powers in world politics is escalating rapidly. What are the driving forces behind deteriorating relations? Can we explain them solely by the ‘aggressiveness’ of the other (be th...
Research project | 2019 - 2020 (Completed)
COMFEAR aims to identify key issues of common concern and shared threats as perceived by publics and policymakers in Czechia and Norway....
Research project | 2018 - 2022 (Ongoing)
GEOPATH is a collaborative research project which aims to build competency in the Georgian research sector as well as producing new insights into the crucial question of Georgia's future strategi...
Events All events
EventWed 14 Oct 2020Time: 12:00 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: 10:00 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: 15:00 Europe/Oslo | Location: NUPI
Dr Ekaterina Sokirianskaia, will present her book project on the situation in North Caucasus.
EventMon 3 Jun 2019Time: 11:00 Europe/Oslo | Location: NUPI
Journalist Peter Greste was in 2014 arrested in Egypt and charged with terrorism. It ended with 400 days behind bars. Greste argues that this is an extreme example of a much wider global assault on the media, and he emphasizes why it is important that we fight back.
EventTue 14 May 2019Time: 15:30 Europe/Oslo | Location: NUPI
What is the impact of the International Criminal Court's investigation of Russia and Georgia?
Articles All articles
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
3 Jan 2022
What is the role of Russia, the Arctic and Asia in global politics? How are these societies developing? How do international trade, innovation and po1
22 Dec 2021
Moscow increasingly views the West as an offensive actor and the High North as terrain for NATO expansion, according to this NUPI policy brief.