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NUPI Centre for European Studies (NCE)


The NUPI Centre for European Studies (NCE) aims to be a source of policy-relevant research and expertise on the EU and European issues.

NUPI collaborates with several European research communities, both nationally and internationally.

NUPI is a member of the Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA)

The Centre for European Studies (NCE) also has its own seminar series

For more information about our activities and publications, visit our project pages.

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Previous Projects:

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NUPI PODCAST: The world stage

April 1, 2022

What is happening in the world right now? In this podcast produced by the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) we'll take a closer look at events taking place around the globe. Here you will find conversations, seminars and lectures on different international topics. We hope you'll learn something new!

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The crises threatening the EU today

March 5, 2021

Corona crisis, legitimization crisis and climate crisis. These are merely a few of the obstacles currently facing the EU. How is it coping? And where will the EU find itself in 2025? EU crisis management is in focus in a new book by Prof. Marianne Riddervold (NUPI and HINN) and colleagues. 

Bildet viser det norske flagget og EU-flagget som smelter sammen, med en blå bokforside lagt oppå.

Book launch: EEA and the alternatives – what about NOREXIT?

November 9, 2020

What are the alternatives to the EEA Agreement? What happens if Norway joins the EU, or if the EEA is terminated? A new book edited by Arne Melchior and Frode Nilssen looks into this.

The image shows Research Professor Pernille Rieker (right) and Senior Research Fellow Kristin Haugevik (left) from NUPI.

Rethinking differentiated integration

September 17, 2019

Several NUPI researchers contributed to the debate about differentiated integration in the area of security and defence at the annual conference of the European International Studies Association (EISA) in Sofia, Bulgaria last week.


Five paradoxes EU must address to effectively respond to crises beyond its borders

March 4, 2019

Engaging in ongoing conflicts brings with it a set of extraordinary challenges.


How can the EU improve its response to crises?

March 25, 2019

Researchers within and beyond Europe have been studying the EU's approach to conflict and crises. Here's what they found out.


EUNPACK Final Conference: synthesising three years of research on the EU’s crisis response

March 26, 2019

Conflict sensitivity in focus as the three-year NUPI-led research project on the EU’s crisis response (EUNPACK) organised a final conference in Brussels in March.

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Norway’s cooperation with the EU – 4 ways ahead

February 28, 2019

Can Norway benefit from closer collaboration with the EU on foreign and security policy?

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European countries differ in how they talk critical issues with China

January 28, 2019

This is the conclusion in a new report addressing political values in Europe-China relations. Hans Jørgen Gåsemyr (NUPI and UiB) has written the chapter on Norway.


ANALYSIS: Resolving Brexit

December 19, 2018

Brexit is in crisis. The options are limited, and they have not changed much since 2016. Now, time is running out. Exiting the EU without an agreement, widely recognized as the worst option, is the default. Moreover, this is no longer simply a question about how to deal with the EU. Brexit is a test of whether a democratic political system can resolve difficult and divisive issues in a credible and robust way. The stakes are therefore high. 

Ivan Krastev at NUPI

PODCAST: Is the EU ready to handle the major challenges it is facing?

November 30, 2018

Ivan Krastev reflects on the crises that has shaped the EU for the past decades.

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The EU in the Middle East - how to prevent terrorism and violent extremism?

November 13, 2018

That was the topic for the project EUNPACK's contribution to the MERI Forum 2018.

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PODCAST: What will Europe look like after Brexit?

May 7, 2018

This was the key question for EU expert Caroline de Gruyter’s NUPI talk.


PODCAST: Brexit and implications for the EU, EEA and Norway

October 31, 2017

30 October marked the end of the three yearlong EUNOR project. Podcasts are now available on all the topics that were discussed during the conference.

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Good neighbours – the end of the affair?

June 29, 2016

The EU’s relationship with several neighbouring countries has shifted from harmony to tension. But might the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) have served to make security political bonds stronger? A new book edited by NUPI senior researcher Pernille Rieker looks into this question.


Unpacking EU crisis response

November 9, 2015

How does the EU respond to crises? This is the key question posed by a group of NUPI researchers who have succeeded in the competition for funding within the world’s largest research programme.


Project : Research project

Preventing Violent Extremism in the Balkans and the MENA: Strengthening Resilience in Enabling Environments

The overarching objective of PREVEX is to put forward more fine-tuned and effective approaches to preventing violent extremism.
Project : Research Project
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Balancing between integration and autonomy. Understanding the drivers and mechanisms of EU's foreign, security and defense policy

The project will investigate the ongoing process towards differentiated integration in European foreign, security and defence policy.
Project : Research project

EU Integration and Differentiation for Effectiveness and Accountability

EUIDEA is a H2020 project, which aims to break new ground on differentiated integration in terms of conceptual approach, policies and networks.
Project : Seminar series

Norway meets Europe

Europe is constantly changing. Norway has close links to the EU and Europe, and economic and political transitions on the continent will have considerable consequences for the country. Photo: NTB Scanpix.
Project : Research Project

Europe in transition – Small states and Europe in an age of global shifts

What is the significance of the EU for small states in Europe today?
Project : Research Project

Community-based policing and post-conflict police reform

This research project will create greater knowledge of social, cultural, legal and ethical dimensions of community-based policing in post-conflict societies.
  • Ingvild Magnæs Gjelsvik
  • Maria Gilen Røysamb
Project : Research Project

Good intentions, mixed results – A conflict sensitive unpacking of the EU comprehensive approach to conflict and crisis mechanisms

The EUNPACK project unpacks EU crisis response mechanisms, with the aim to increase their conflict sensitivity and efficiency.