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NUPI skole

Research group for Security and defence

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 actors on the security policy arena? NUPI’s research on security and defence issues seeks to answer these questions.

We study military strategy and geopolitics, EU foreign and security policy, terrorism and organized crime, and the privatization of security, with an emphasis on new security actors.

The geographical focus in this research area ranges from the USA, Asia and the Pacific, to North Africa and Europe. Issues related to military concepts and doctrines, irregular and hybrid warfare, civilian–military relations, maritime security, cyber security and technology, security governance, and reform of intelligence and security services are also addressed.

Head of the Research group on security and defence is Niels Nagelhus Schia.


  • Defence
  • Security policy
  • Terrorism and extremism
  • NATO
  • Cyber
  • Intelligence