Kjeksrud, Stian
DepartmentNorwegian Defence University College, Norwegian Defence Command and Staff College
PositionAssistant Professor

(b. 1974) Stian Kjeksrud works at the Norwegian Defence International Center (NODEFIC) and heads the university college's research program on UN peace operations (2019-2022). Kjeksrud is also assistant head of research at the Command and Staff College. His main research interest is the utility of military force to protect civilians from violence in armed conflict.

In 2019, Kjeksrud defended his doctoral dissertation at the University of Oslo, Department of Political Science, entitled: Using force to protect: A comparative analysis of UN military protection operations. In the dissertation, he analyzes the ability of UN operations to protect civilians from violence in African conflicts during the period 1999-2017, and explains what conditions lead to effective protection. Kjeksrud also holds a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University in New York (2007), with a concentration in international security policy. 

Kjeksrud has previously worked as a senior researcher at the Norwegian Defense Research Establishment (FFI) (2007-2019). In 2014, he was associated with the University of Cape Town, South Africa, as part of the doctoral thesis. He completed the Norwegian Defence University College's Senior Executive Course in 2012. Kjeksrud also has long experience as a soldier and officer in international operations, and has served in Lebanon, Kosovo, Macedonia and Afghanistan. Previously, he worked as a police officer in Oslo Police District. 

Kjeksrud's research on civilian protection is used in policy and concept development in both NATO and the UN, and has led to a number of publications.


Kjeksrud, Stian. 2019. Using force to protect: A comparative analysis of UN military protection operations. UiO. ISSN 1564 3991.


Kjeksrud, Stian and Jacob Aasland Ravndal. 2011. Emerging lessons from the United Nations Mission in the DR Congo: military contribution to the protection of civilians. African Security Review. 20:2, 3-16.


Beadle, Alexander and Stian Kjeksrud. 2018. «Understanding the utility of force to protect in UN peace operations». I The Use of Force in UN Peacekeeping. Peter Nadin (red.). Routledge.

Kjeksrud, Stian and Lotte Vermeij. 2017. «Protecting Governments from Insurgencies: DRC and Mali». I Contemporary UN Peacekeeping Operations and Doctrinal Implications: Towards a Post-Brahimi Era? de Coning, Aoi og Karlsrud (red.). Routledge.

Kjeksrud, Stian. 2016. «The utility of force for protecting civilians». I Protection of Civilians. Weller, Willmot, Mamiya og Sheeran (red.). Oxford University Press. 

Kjeksrud, Stian, Jacob Aasland Ravndal, Andreas Stensland, Walter Lotze and Cedric de Coning. 2016.  «Protection of Civilians: Comparing Organizational Approaches». I  Protection of Civilians. Weller, Willmot, Mamiya og Sheeran (red.). Oxford University Press.   

Kjeksrud, Stian. 2015. «The future of UN peacekeeping operations». I International Military Operations in The 21st Century: Global trends and the future of intervention. Per Martin Norheim-Martinsen og Tore Nyhamar (red.). Routledge, 2015.

Kjeksrud, Stian. 2014. «FN-operasjoner: før, nå og i fremtiden». I Norge i internasjonale operasjoner: Militærmakt mellom idealer og realpolitikk. Tormod Heier, Anders Kjølberg og Carsten Rønnfeldt (red). Universitetsforlaget.

Kjeksrud, Stian and Jacob Aasland Ravndal. 2013. «Emerging lessons from MONUC». I  The Protection of civilians in UN peacekeeping: Concept, Implementation and Practice. Carvalho og Sending (red.). Nomos, 2013.

Kjeksrud, Stian. 2010. «FNs strategiske dilemma: bruk av makt for fred». I Utfordringer og strategi i freds- og stabiliseringsoperasjoner. Tore Nyhamar (red.). Abstrakt forlag.


Kjeksrud, Stian, Alexander Beadle and Petter Lindqvist. 2016. «Protecting Civilians from Violence: A Threat-Based Approach to Protection of Civilians in UN Peace Operations". FFI-NODEFIC rapport.  

Beadle, Alexander and Stian Kjeksrud. 2014. "Military planning and assessment guide for the protection of civilians". FFI-rapport 2014/00965.

Norheim-Martinsen, Per M., Tore Nyhamar, Anders Kjølberg, Jacob Ravndal and Stian Kjeksrud. 2011.  "Fremtidens internasjonale operasjoner». FFI-rapport 2011/01697.

 Kjeksrud, Stian, Jacob Aasland Ravndal, Andreas Stensland, Walter Lotze, Erin Weir and Cedric de Coning. 2011. "Protection of civilians in armed conflict: comparing organizational approaches". FFI-rapport 2011/01888.

Kjeksrud, Stian and Jacob Ravndal. 2010. «Protection of Civilians in Practice: Emerging Lessons from the UN Mission in the DR Congo". FFI-rapport 2010/02378.  

Kjeksrud, Stian. 2009. «Matching robust ambitions with robust action in UN peace operations: towards a conceptual overstretch?"FFI-rapport 2009/01016.


Kjeksrud, Stian. 2015. «FNs fredsbevarende operasjoner: en betinget suksess». The Norwegian Atlantic Committee. 

Kjeksrud, Stian. 2015. «Framtidens FN-operasjoner». Norwegian Military Journal.

Kjeksrud, Stian and Jacob Aasland Ravndal. 2011. «Hvordan kan militære beskytte sivile?» Norwegian Military Journal.

Published 19 November 2019 10:43.. Last updated 05 December 2019 14:48.