Halvard Leira

Research Professor

Halvard Leira’s main areas of research is foreign policy and diplomacy, with a special emphasis on the Norwegian varieties. He also has a long-standing research interest in historical international relations, and international thought. Leira completed his PhD thesis in May 2011, titled «The Emergence of Foreign Policy: Knowledge, Discourse, History».

  • News

    COVID-19 and the consequences for international relations

    Read our briefs and expert commentary on how Covid-19 affects developing countries and international affairs.
  • Research project

    Consequences of Investments for National Security (COINS)

    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” (COINS) we are examining how liberal economies can attract foreign investments whilst at the same time...

  • Publication : Academic lecture

    Making foreign policy foreign

    Building on earlier work, I delve into the translations of “foreign policy” and the potential challenges following from these translations. I start with a section on how something conceptualizable as “foreign policy” first emerged. Then I discuss at an overarching level how this something was translated....
  • Mon 4 Nov 2019

    How do revolutions begin, unfold and end?

    Time: 13:15 Location: NUPI

    To mark the establishment of the Centre of Historical International Politics (CHIP) at NUPI, we have the pleasure of inviting you to a talk with Dr George Lawson on ‘Anatomies of revolution’.

  • Publication : Academic lecture

    A Conceptual History of International Relations

    In this lecture, I discussed why we need a conceptual history of international relations, and how we can go about writing it.
  • Publication : ARTIKKEL

    Ethnic Diversity in the Recruitment of Diplomats: Why MFAs Take the Issue Seriously

    Diversity and its management have become an issue in all organisations. Ministries of foreign affairs (MFAs) do not escape the issue. In the 2000s, states decided to consider more ethnic diversity in the recruitment of their diplomats. In some countries, this new goal requires affirmative action programs....
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    Stubbornly Stumbling into Making History: Constructivism and Historical International Relations

    The aim of this chapter is threefold; first we try to recollect through the hazy dim of personal history and histories how we eventually became the researchers we are today. Second, we focus on what to us at the time – and, to some extent, still – appeared as contingent, random and haphazard experiences...
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    Introduction: The Duty of Care in International Relations

    In this introduction, we lay out the premises, logics and content of the book in more detail. In the next section, we introduce a varied set of current international challenges concerning the relationship between states and citizens. In the third section, we present the historical background for why...
  • Publication : ANTOLOGI

    The Duty of Care in International Relations Protecting Citizens Beyond the Border

    This book offers a first overarching look at the relationship between states and their citizens abroad, approached through the concept 'Duty of Care'. How can society best be protected, when increasing numbers of citizens are found outside the borders of the state? What are the limits to care...
  • Research project

    A Conceptual History of International Relations (CHOIR)

    2019 - 2023 (Ongoing)

    The purpose of CHOIR is to investigate taken-for-granted concepts of international relations.

  • Publication : ARTIKKEL

    The emergence of foreign policy

    International relations scholarship typically treats foreign policy as a taken-for-granted analytical concept. It assumes either that all historical polities have foreign policies or that foreign policy originates in seventeenth-century Europe with the separation between the “inside” and “outside” of...
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    What does foreign policy really mean?

    This, with other widely used IR concepts, is what Halvard Leira and his project CHOIR team have received funding to explore.
  • Thu 18 Oct 2018

    Protecting citizens abroad – who is responsible when crisis hits, and at what costs?

    Time: 13:00 Location: NUPI

    Who is responsible when Norwegians are in trouble abroad, such as Frode Berg in Russia or French and Moland in DR Congo, or in case of natural disasters and terrorist attacks?

  • Publication : Del av bok/rapport

    Kinship diplomacy, or diplomats of a kin

    Familiarity breeds contempt, or so the idiom goes, and historically there are ample examples of how family-ties and blood kinship have not fostered peaceful cooperation. By contrast, metaphorical kinship has been seen to grease the wheels of diplomacy, creating and sustaining ties between different polities...
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    The Function of Myths in International Relations: Discipline and Identity

    Myths, understood as forms of narrative, providing meaning and significance, are an inescapable part of the life of human collectives. Thus, myths are central to any academic discipline. They tell us who we are and what we should be concerned with, and provide blueprints for arguments about policy choices....
  • Publication : ARTIKKEL

    Utenrikspolitikk - en begrepshistorie

    (Available in Norwegian only): Artikkelen tar opp spørsmålet om når Norge fikk en egen utenrikspolitikk, og gir svar gjennom en begrepshistorisk analyse. Tidligere forslag har vært middelalderen, med etableringen av relasjoner mellom norske konger og andre konger, slutten av 1700-tallet, med etableringen...
  • Fri 4 May 2018

    Theory Seminar: The Territorialization of Cybersecurity

    Time: 13:15 Location: NUPI

    Dr Jordan Branch visits NUPI to talk about the tension between territorial and non-territorial aspects of cyber security.

  • Publication : Del av bok/rapport

    Old diplomacy

    Old diplomacy is a term which has been used both politically and analytically since the French Revolution. Politically, it emerged as a term of abuse, used to criticize all which had been wrong with interstate interaction before 1789, in particular secrecy, duplicity, and the reliance on aristocracy....
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    New Diplomacy

    New diplomacy is a term which has been used both politically and analytically since the French Revolution. It was introduced as a positive contrast to the old diplomacy of kings and intrigues, and was concerned primarily with trade. Such a liberal understanding has remained predominant – new diplomacy...