Rolf Tamnes

Professor Emeritus

Professor Rolf Tamnes is a member of NUPI’s Research Group on Security and Defence

Tamnes holds a dr.philos (PhD) from 1991 and a cand.philol. (MA) in 1978, both from the University of Oslo. He served as a research fellow and later as a professor at the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies/Norwegian Defence University College 1981–2021, was the director of the institute 1996–2012 and an adjunct professor at the University of Oslo 1995–2009.

Tamnes has been a visiting fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Center for Strategic and International Studies, both in Washington, DC, and at St Antony’s College in Oxford. He was a member of the Government Defence Review Committee 1999–2000 and the Parliament Oversight Committee on Intelligence and Security. 2001–2003. He chaired the Expert Commission on Norwegian Security and Defence Policy in 2014–2015, served as a member in the Afghanistan Inquiry Committee in 2015–2016, and is a member of the Norwegian Defence Commission 2022–2023. Tamnes is a member of The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters and The Royal Swedish Academy of War Sciences.

See full overview of Tamnes' publications prior to joining NUPI in CRIStin.


2012 Executive Education, Harvard Kennedy School

1991 Dr. philos, University of Oslo

1978 Cand. philos, University of Oslo

Work experience

2021- Research Professor, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI)

2014 Research Fellow, St Antony's College, Oxford

1996-2012 Director, Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies (IFS)

1995-2009 Adjunct Professor, University of Oslo

2008-2012 Head of research programme Geopolitics in the High North

2006 Visiting Fellow, Center for Strategic and International Studies

2015-2006 Public Policy Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center

1981-2021 Research fellow/Professor, Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies (IFS)

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