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Ulf Sverdrup is the Director of the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI). He has a doctoral degree in Political Science from the University of Oslo. He was a professor at the Norwegian Business School BI, and a research professor at ARENA, Centre for European Studies, at the University of Oslo.
Sverdrup is currently leading a government appointed commission on the long-term perspectives for the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global, and he was the Head of the Secretariat for the Official Norwegian Europe Review (NOU 2012:2.)
Sverdrup has published extensively on various topics in international politics, with a particular emphasis on European affairs and Norwegian foreign policy.
He has been a Jean Monnet fellow at the European University Institute, a Visiting scholar at the Mannheimer Zentrum für Europäische Sozialforschung, and he has been a senior advisor in the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He is a regular columnist in the newspaper Dagens Næringsliv.
2000 Dr. polit, Arena/Department of political science, University of Oslo
1993 Cand. polit, University of Bergen
2011- Director, NUPI
2010-2011 Head of the Secretariat for the Official Norwegian Europe Review (NOU 2012:2)
2000-2011 Research professor at ARENA, Centre for European Studies, at the University of Oslo
2008-2010 Professor at BI
Publications All publications
Navigating Breakup: Security realities of freezing politics and thawing landscapes in the ArcticPublication : Report | 2023
Russia’s re-invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 has had immediate and ongoing effects for Arctic security and cooperative governance at both a regio1
A Governance and Risk Inventory for a Changing ArcticPublication : Report | 2020
Background Paper for the Arctic Security Roundtable at the Munich Security Conference 2020
EUs grønne giv – implikasjoner for norsk europapolitikkPublication : Report | 2021
EU lanserte mot slutten av 2019 European Green Deal. Dette er en klimastrategi for å nå målene i Parisavtalen, men også en økonomisk vekststrategi, o1
The evolving security landscape of northern EuropePublication : Popular scientific lecture | 0
Speech about Nordic-Baltic security and defence challenges.
Mekanismer for screening av utenlandske investeringer. Oversikt over et utvalg landPublication : Report | 2021
Etter tusenårsskiftet har åpne økonomier i økende takt satt i gang prosesser for å vurdere risikoen av utenlandsinvesteringer. Bakgrunnen for dette e1
Projects All projects
Munich Security Forum - Arctic Security Roundtable (MSF - ASR)Research project | 2020 - 2023 (Ongoing)
This roundtable is organized by the MSC in cooperation with NUPI and Wilson Centre....
Norway and the EU towards 2030Research project | 2022 - 2023 (Ongoing)
This project takes a closer look at developments on key areas in the relationship between Norway and the EU towards 2030....
Reference group for Norway's membership in the UN Security CouncilResearch project | 2020 - 2022 (Ongoing)
Norway has a seat in the UN Security Council in 2021 - 2022. Through this project we will facilitate meetings with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to discuss important strategic issues....
Critical infrastructure protection and communication thereof: the case of the Baltic states and Norway (CIICPP)Research project | 2019 - 2021 (Completed)
The project aims to ordinarily explain importance of critical infrastructure to societies of Baltic states and Norway....
Consequences of Investments for National Security (COINS)Research project | 2019 - 2023 (Ongoing)
How can liberal open societies reap the benefits of open economies, but at the same time protect their legitimate security interests? In the project “Consequences of Investments for National Security”...
Events All events
Norwegian Foreign Policy Conference 2023: Response – Norwegian foreign policy for a new eraEventTue 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.
A conversation with President of Finland, Mr Sauli Niinistö, and Prime Minister of Norway, Mr Jonas Gahr StøreEventMon 10 Oct 2022Time: 10:00 Europe/Oslo | Location: YouTube
Follow us online on 10 October for a conversation on the Nordic approach to the security situation in Europe.
The Military Power Seminar 2022 – Northern-Europe in a changing security landscapeEventTue 18 Oct 2022Time: 08:30 Europe/Oslo | Location: Sentralen, Oslo
What are the consequences of the changing security landscape for security in the north? At this year’s Military Power Seminar, we invite you to a debate on the important political issues related to security in Norway’s immediate neighbourhood.
Breakfast seminar: What can we do to ensure peace and security in a new era of complex risk?EventThu 9 Jun 2022Time: 11:00 Europe/Oslo | Location: NUPI
Welcome to the launch of this new timely report: ‘Environment of Peace’!
The Russia Conference 2022: The Russian economy, energy sector and climate change: What now?EventTue 15 Nov 2022Time: 09:00 Europe/Oslo | Location: The House of Literature in Oslo
At this year's Russia conference, we will take a closer look at the implications of the war in Ukraine for Russia's economy and energy sector.
Articles All articles
Security realities of freezing politics and thawing landscapes in the Arctic17 Feb 2023
How to address Arctic security and governance issues in a region marked by climate change and geopolitical challenges?
Innovative project strengthened Norway's foreign policy in the Security Council26 Jan 2023
For two years, researchers from NUPI, PRIO and other institutes have advised the Ministry of Foreign Affairs through an innovative research project.
Leaving the UN Security Council: Norway steps down3 Jan 2023
After to intense years, Norway is now stepping down from its role as an elected member of the UN Security Council. In this article we have gathered w1
PODCAST: Can Europe get out of Russian gas?2 Apr 2022
In this new episode of The World Stage, Jarand Rystad, Jakub M. Godzimirski and Ulf Sverdrup take a closer look at European dependence of Russian gas1
New Nordic-Baltic Network on Climate, Peace and Security Established10 Jun 2021
In order to establish a sustainable knowledge base on climate, peace and security issues in the Nordic-Baltic region, twelve research institutes have1