ifsen_240_civmilifsen_240_civmilhttp://forsvaret.no/ifs/en/Lists/RelatedMedia/DispForm.aspx?ID=32/media/PubImages/forskning_siv-mil_lmh-derby19.jpg

Civil-military relations

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Researchers of civil-military relations study the evolving relationship between the military, society and politics, and the ways in which armed forces have adapted to contemporary challenges.

There is particular emphasis on the development of Norway’s armed forces in a broad international perspective. Researchers explore this complex field from both a historical and contemporary perspective.

Methodologically, the Centre draws on international disciplines such as military sociology and the “war and society” approach to military history.

The Centre also hosts a multidisciplinary research programme focusing on strategic challenges associated with nuclear weapons.

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Military operations

I​​ncreasing involvement in international operations has brought about major changes in the structure and mentality of the Armed Forces.

The military profession is evolving, as are the preconditions for society’s support of the Armed Forces, and of Norway’s role in the North Atlantic defence cooperation. 
The Centre focuses its research on the operational and organisational lessons that can be learned from participating in international operations.

 

 

ifsen_240_civmilifsen_407_leneekhaugeninternat/ifs/en/Research/Civil-military-relations/Military-operations/lene-ekhaugen-international-operations-potentials-limitationsLene Ekhaugen: Potentials and limitations for a “comprehensive approach” in international operationsifsen_240_civmilhttp://forsvaret.no/ifs/en/Lists/RelatedPages/DispForm.aspx?ID=673
ifsen_240_civmilifsen_408_torunnhaalandafghani/ifs/en/Research/Civil-military-relations/Military-operations/torunn-haaland-afghanistan-experiential-learningTorunn Laugen Haaland: Experiential learning in Afghanistanifsen_240_civmilhttp://forsvaret.no/ifs/en/Lists/RelatedPages/DispForm.aspx?ID=674

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Defence reform

The institute's programme for research on military change addresses questions such as: 
  • How have the reforms changed the Armed Forces? 
  • What triggered the reforms? To what degree have the objectives been met? 
  • What can the Armed Forces and other public sectors learn from such processes? 
  • What lessons can the Norwegian defence sector learn from similar processes in other countries?

 

 

ifsen_240_civmilifsen_444_magnushakenstadrefor/ifs/en/Research/Defence-reform/magnus-hakenstad-reforms-norwegian-police-armed-forcesMagnus Håkenstad: Reforms in the Norwegian Police and Armed Forces ifsen_240_civmilhttp://forsvaret.no/ifs/en/Lists/RelatedPages/DispForm.aspx?ID=675
ifsen_240_civmilifsen_445_permartinnorheimmart/ifs/en/Research/Defence-reform/per-martin-norheim-martinsen-defence-reformPer Martin Norheim-Martinsen: Defence reformifsen_240_civmilhttp://forsvaret.no/ifs/en/Lists/RelatedPages/DispForm.aspx?ID=676
ifsen_240_civmilifsen_459_bjornmobechhanssendi/ifs/en/Research/Civil-military-relations/bjorn-mobech-hanssen-digitalization-military-sectorBjørn Mobech-Hanssen: Digitalisation in military sectorifsen_240_civmilhttp://forsvaret.no/ifs/en/Lists/RelatedPages/DispForm.aspx?ID=677
ifsen_240_civmilifsen_461_gjermundrongveddefen/ifs/en/Research/Civil-military-relations/gjermund-rongved-defence-reform-economic-policyGjermund Rongved: Defence reform and economic policyifsen_240_civmilhttp://forsvaret.no/ifs/en/Lists/RelatedPages/DispForm.aspx?ID=678

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Military history and theory

 
​​Historical studies can illustrate how social change affects military institutions and are especially applicable to the evolution of military theory.

We analyse the historical development of military thought, carry out independent evaluations of recent doctrine, and cover strategic thinking in certain regional powers. Scholars at the Centre produce articles and books on institutional histories, which serve to preserve the institutional memory of individual military units. The Institute of Defence Studies consistently emphasizes the need to link its methodology to that of the “War and Society” school of historical research.

 

 

ifsen_240_civmilifsen_413_rolfhobsonscandinavi/ifs/en/Research/Civil-military-relations/Military-history-and-theory/rolf-hobson-scandinavia-molotov-ribbentrop-pactRolf Hobson: The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, the Great Powers and Scandinavia, 1939–1941ifsen_240_civmilhttp://forsvaret.no/ifs/en/Lists/RelatedPages/DispForm.aspx?ID=679
ifsen_240_civmilifsen_463_roaldgjelstenunknown/ifs/en/Research/Civil-military-relations/roald-gjelsten-unknown-submarines-norwegian-fjordsUnknown submarines in Norwegian fjords and territorial waters​The project is an update of the study Fremmede ubåter i norske fjorder. Realitet eller myte? [Unknown submarines in Norwegian fjords. Reality or myth?]ifsen_240_civmilhttp://forsvaret.no/ifs/en/Lists/RelatedPages/DispForm.aspx?ID=680

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MILITARY SOCIOLOGY

The relationship between political and military institutions is a major theme of traditional military sociology.

Military sociology is a well-established discipline on the international stage, but one that has not made much headway in Scandinavia. Scholars at the Centre analyse this relationship in light of changes in security, technological and economic conditions, and study Norwegian military culture in a comparative perspective. 

We also study specific groups in the military organisation, especially recruits and veterans.

 

 

ifsen_240_civmilifsen_409_elingustavsennorwegi/ifs/en/Research/Civil-military-relations/Military-sociology/elin-gustavsen-norwegian-afghanistan-veteransElin Gustavsen: Research programme on Norwegian Afghanistan veteransifsen_240_civmilhttp://forsvaret.no/ifs/en/Lists/RelatedPages/DispForm.aspx?ID=681



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The Norwegian Armed Forces in the Balkans

From 1992 until today more than 14,000 Norwegian soldiers have served in UN-led or NATO-led operations in the Balkans.

 

 

ifsen_240_civmilifsen_380_thenorwegianarmedfor/ifs/en/Research/the-norwegian-armed-forces-in-the-balkans/media/PubImages/Balkanseminar_nov_16_Ingress.jpgThe Norwegian Armed Forces in the BalkansFrom 1992 until today more than 14,000 Norwegian soldiers have served in UN-led or NATO-led operations in the Balkans. ifsen_240_civmilhttp://forsvaret.no/ifs/en/Lists/RelatedPages/DispForm.aspx?ID=684



 Researchers from other centres on projects about related topics

 

 

ifsen_240_civmilifsen_411_larshaugomturkisharm/ifs/en/Research/Civil-military-relations/Military-sociology/lars-haugom-turkish-armed-forcesLars Haugom: The Turkish Armed Forces and civilianisation of civil-military tiesifsen_240_civmilhttp://forsvaret.no/ifs/en/Lists/RelatedPages/DispForm.aspx?ID=682
ifsen_240_civmilifsen_397_kristingvenbruusgaar/ifs/en/Research/Norwegian-and-European-security/Russia/kristing-ven-bruusgaard-russia-nuclear-strategyRussian Nuclear Strategy – created in a vacuum? Civilian control over Russian nuclear weapons strategy 1993–2010ifsen_240_civmilhttp://forsvaret.no/ifs/en/Lists/RelatedPages/DispForm.aspx?ID=683
ifsen_240_civmilifsen_396_havardbakkenrussiami/ifs/en/Research/Norwegian-and-European-security/Russia/havard-bakken-russia-militarist-identityThe Russian Patriot Recast: Militarist Identity Formation in Russian State Policy under Putinifsen_240_civmilhttp://forsvaret.no/ifs/en/Lists/RelatedPages/DispForm.aspx?ID=685



 Staff at the Centre for Civil-Military Relations

 

 

Aaser, Agnes ViktoriaAaser, Agnes Viktoriahttp://forsvaret.no/ifs/en/staff/aaser_agnes_viktoria
Bogen, OlavBogen, Olavhttp://forsvaret.no/ifs/en/bogen_olav
Ekhaugen, LeneEkhaugen, Lenehttp://forsvaret.no/ifs/en/ekhaugen_lene
Falck, Vidar Falck, Vidar http://forsvaret.no/ifs/en/falck-vidar
Gjelsten, RoaldGjelsten, Roaldhttp://forsvaret.no/ifs/en/gjelsten_roald
Haaland, Torunn LaugenHaaland, Torunn Laugenhttp://forsvaret.no/ifs/en/haaland_torunn_laugen
Hakenstad, MagnusHakenstad, Magnushttp://forsvaret.no/ifs/en/hakenstad_magnus
Henriksen, KjetilHenriksen, Kjetilhttp://forsvaret.no/ifs/en/henriksen_kjetil
Hobson, RolfHobson, Rolfhttp://forsvaret.no/ifs/en/hobson_rolf
Holtsmark, Sven G.Holtsmark, Sven G.http://forsvaret.no/ifs/en/holtsmark_sven_g
Melien, Tor JorgenMelien, Tor Jorgenhttp://forsvaret.no/ifs/en/melien_tor_jorgen
Mobech-Hanssen, BjørnMobech-Hanssen, Bjørnhttp://forsvaret.no/ifs/en/mobech-hanssen-bjørn
Rongved, Gjermund ForfangRongved, Gjermund Forfanghttp://forsvaret.no/ifs/en/Pages/Rongved-Gjermund-en.aspx
Saxi, Hakon LundeSaxi, Hakon Lundehttp://forsvaret.no/ifs/en/saxi_hakon_lunde
Slatten, Martin LauSlatten, Martin Lauhttp://forsvaret.no/ifs/en/slåtten_martin_lau
Sookermany, Anders McD. Sookermany, Anders McD. http://forsvaret.no/ifs/en/sookermany_anders
Sorlie, SigurdSorlie, Sigurdhttp://forsvaret.no/ifs/en/sorlie_sigurd

Published 05 November 2014 10:06.. Last updated 09 February 2018 12:52.