Geopolitical developments

The relationship between China and the United States is of crucial importance to most international issues and therefore a fundamental aspect of the Centre’s work. 

While learning more about Europe’s role in an Asia-centred world is important to Norwegian security policy, Russia’s policy on Asia and reactions to Chinese growth constitute a separate priority area given Russia’s proximity to Norway. 

​In the region itself, relations between China and India are important and will affect developments in Asia, and we are keeping a close eye on the possible global consequences. 

In light of China’s growth, the Centre also analyses the evolution of regional security mechanisms in Asia. One of the important elements here is the six-party talks involving China, South Korea, North Korea, the United States, Russia and Japan on North Korea’s nuclear and missile programmes.



Research projects


China, the United States and East Asian Order
The purpose of this project is to enhance the understanding of what is regarded as two fundamental changes in East Asia and the implications for great power relations, regional stability, and global cooperation:

  1. The growing role of domestic politics and nationalism in the foreign polices of key states, including China, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, and the Philippines.
  2. The emerging trend in the regional security policies of the United States and China and the implications for moderating bilateral and region tension and sustaining global cooperation.

One conference in this project was organized at Peking University in November 2013 and another conference will be organised in Oslo in May 2014.
Contact: Øystein Tunsjø


Russia in Japanese security policy
This project analyses the role and significance of Russia in Japan’s security policy in the post-Cold War era. The project is funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Defence.
Contact: Bjorn Gronning


Non-state actors’ impact on Pakistan’s foreign relations
This PhD project focuses on the connection between domestic factors and Pakistan’s foreign relations. The project examines the degree of influence violent non-state actors have had on Pakistan’s relations with neighbours and the United States. The project is financed by the Norwegian Armed Forces.
Contact: Saira Basit


Asian countries’ interest in the Arctic
This project looks into the Arctic policies of China, Japan, South Korea and India and how Asia's Arctic ascent may affect Norway's ability to pursue its policies in the High North. This is a larger research project headed by the Fridtjof Nansen Institute (FNI) and is funded by the Research Council of Norway's NORRUSS Programme. An important part of this project is to analyse the development of China–Russia relations.
Contact: Jo Inge Bekkevold/Tom Roseth​​​


New Perspectives on Sino-Russian Relations
This project aims to increase the understanding of the changing dynamics between the two great powers China and Russia, and how this dynamic influence and is influenced by the US, Japan, the developments in Central Asia, in the Arctic, and Europe. A conference related to this project is planned to take place in Oslo in September 2014.
Contact: Jo Inge Bekkevold/Tom Roseth


China’s rise and its fifth generation leaders
This project looks into possible changes in China’s foreign and security policy as a result of the change of leadership in China, from the fourth to the fifth generation leaders.The project is partly financed by the Norwegian Ministry of Defence.
Contact: Jo Inge Bekkevold

Published 11 April 2014 15:12.. Last updated 27 April 2015 12:30.