Katarzyna Zysk

Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies
Phone: (+47) 23095922

Katarzyna Zysk is Professor of International Relations and Contemporary History at the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies (IFS, since 2007), which is part of the Norwegian Defence University College (NDUC) in Oslo. Currently, she is based in Paris as a Visiting Professor at Sciences Po – Centre for International Studies (CERI).

At the IFS, she served also as Deputy Director (2017–21), Head of Centre for Security Policy (2019–21) and Director of Research (2017–21). In 2016, she was Acting Dean of the Norwegian Defence University College, where she teaches regularly. 

Currently, she is also Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council of the United States (ACUS); Advisory Board Member of the Transatlantic Deterrence Dialogue Initiative; Core Group Member of the Russia Transatlantic Forum at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS); member of the International Military Council on Climate Change; and Governing Board Member of the European Initiative for Security Studies(EISS). 

Previously, prof. Zysk was Visiting Scholar at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), Visiting Research Fellow at the Changing Character of War Centre (CCW) at the University of Oxford, member of the Hoover Institution’s Arctic Security Initiative, as well as Research Fellow at the Center for Naval Warfare Studies (Strategic Research Department) at the US Naval War College, where she cooperated closely also with the War Gaming Department.

Prof. Zysk has an academic background in international relations and international history. Following her 2006 PhD thesis on NATO enlargement, her research has focused on security, defence, and strategic studies, including Russia’s military strategy, warfare and doctrines, modernisation of the Russian armed forces, nuclear strategy, naval strategy and maritime security, emerging & disruptive technologies and defence innovation; geopolitics in the Arctic, security implications of climate change; and security in transatlantic relations.

Her published research has appeared in SAIS Review of International Affairs, Journal of Strategic Studies, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Asia Policy, RUSI Journal, Politique Etrangère, International Relations, Jane's Navy International, War on the Rocks, and others, including in books published by Cambridge University Press and Oxford University Press. 

Recent publications
Defence Innovation and the 4th Industrial Revolution in Russia (also co-editor of the special issue), Journal of Strategic Studies (2021)

Predictable Unpredictability? US Arctic Strategy and Ways of Doing Business in the Arctic, War on the Rocks (2021)

Russia’s Military Build-Up in the Arctic: To What End?, Center for Naval Analyses (2020)

Prof. Zysk is a frequent commentator in the media, including interviews in the New York Times, CNN, BBC World Service, Euronews, Foreign Affairs, NPR, Newsweek International, Deutsche Welle, Die Zeit, Le Monde, France Culture, Liberation, Vice News, ABC News, Politico, WNYC Radio, The Voice of America, Scandinavian media, and others, including in documentary movies.

Language competence: English, Norwegian, Polish, French, and Russian.

    • Russia, security and defence 
    • contemporary military thought
    • the Russian Navy
    • Arctic geopolitics
    • maritime security
    • NATO and transatlantic relations
    • Northern Europe, security and defence
    • international security
    • military strategy