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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
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)
Publications All publications
Den norske Atlanterhavskomité: Spranget inn i fremtidenPublication : Report | 2022
Europe is at war. Putin's attack on Ukraine on February 24, 2022 marks a turning point in European security. The war is also a preliminary clima1
Projects All projects
Transatlantic Security – Challenges and OpportunitiesResearch project | 2022 - 2023 (Ongoing)
This project will analyze developments in transatlantic security policy. The project will include researchers from all three countries, and the goal is to contribute to a greater understanding of curr...
Norway and Great Power Politics – Geopolitics, Technology and Climate (NISP)Research project | 2022 - 2024 (Ongoing)
Our times are shaped by developments in geopolitical power dynamics, fast-paced technological development and climate change. In this research program NUPI analyses how these developments change the s...
Articles All articles
NUPI seminar about NATO and nordic security17 Jun 2022
On 14th June, a group of experts met in Oslo to discuss NATO and Nordic Security.
Security and defence3 Jan 2022
How can we best handle current and future wars and crises? What kind of threats are we likely to face in the years to come? Who are the future actors1