Bekkevold, Jo Inge
DepartmentCentre for international security
PositionSenior Adviser
Phone+47 23 09 59 15
E-mailjib@ifs.mil.no

Jo Inge Bekkevold (b. 1968) has a cand.polit. with major in political science from the University of Oslo (2001). He studied international relations at Peking University, 1994–1996 and joined the Norwegian Foreign Service in 1999. Bekkevold was political officer with Norway's embassy in Hanoi 2001–2005. He was also political officer, later counsellor/minister counsellor, with Norway's embassy in Beijing, 2005–2011. 

Bekkevold is the coordinator of the international workshop series International Order at Sea, and took part in AsiArctic, a project on Asian countries interests and policies in the Arctic, funded by the Norwegian Research Council. 

He is currently working on research projects on Chinese geopolitics and China's relations with Russia and India. 


Fields of interest


  • Great power relations in Asia
  • Chinese geopolitics
  • China's foreign and security policies
  • seapower
  • grand strategy and strategic thinking
  • Asia in the Arctic


            Jo Inge Bekkevold's selected ​publications


            Books/reports/dissertations

            • Bekkevold, Jo Inge and Bobo Lo, eds. 2019. Sino-Russian Relations in the 21st Century. Palgrave Macmillan.
            • Bekkevold, Jo Inge and Geoffrey Till. 2017. "Navies, Coast Guards, the Maritime Community and International Stability - Event Report". Report, RSIS Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies.
            • Bekkevold, Jo Inge and Robert S. Ross, eds. 2016. China in the Era of Xi Jinping: Domestic and Foreign Policy Challenges. Georgetown University Press.
            • Till, Geoffrey and Jo Inge Bekkevold, eds. 2016. International Order at Sea. How it is challenged. How it is maintained. Palgrave Macmillan.
            • Bekkevold, Jo Inge, Ian Bowers and Michael Raska, ed. 2015. Security, Strategy and Military change in the 21st Century: Cross-Regional Perspectives. Routledge.
            • Bekkevold, Jo Inge and Uttam Kumar Sinha, eds. 2015. Arctic: Commerce, Governance and Policy. Routledge.
            • Bekkevold, Jo Inge and Henning Kristoffersen, eds. 2012. Kinas økonomi. Gyldendal Akademisk.
            • Bekkevold, Jo Inge and Robert S. Ross, eds. 2012. Anti-Piracy and Humanitarian Operations. Oslo: Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies.
            • Bekkevold, Jo Inge, ed. 1997. Den kinesiske utfordringen. Oslo: Tano Aschehoug.
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            Parts of books/reports

            • Bekkevold, Jo Inge. 2019. "China, Russia and the Great Power Contest in the Middle East". In Sino-Russian Relations in the 21st Century, edited by Jo Inge Bekkevold and Bobo Lo, 141–166. Palgrave Macmillan.
            • Bekkevold, Jo Inge. 2019. "Conclusion: Sino-Russian Relations in the 21st Century". In Sino-Russian Relations in the 21st Century, edited by Jo Inge Bekkevold and Bobo Lo, 299–320. Palgrave Macmillan.
            • Bekkevold, Jo Inge and Øystein Tunsjø. 2018. "Sustaining Growth: Energy and Natural Resources". In The Sage Handbook of Contemporary China, edited by Weiping Wu and Mark W. Frazier, 262–285. Sage Publications.
            • Engh, Sunniva and Jo Inge Bekkevold. 2017. "Silk Road Diplomacy: China's Strategic Interests in South Asia". In South Asia and the Great Powers: International Relations and Regional Security, edited by Sten Rynning, 147–173. I.B. Tauris.
            • Bekkevold, Jo Inge and Robert S. Ross. 2016. "Conclusion: New Leaders, Stronger China, Harder Choices". In China in the Era of Xi Jinping: Domestic and Foreign Policy Challenges, edited by Jo Inge Bekkevold and Robert S. Ross, 265–278. Georgetown University Press.
            • Bekkevold, Jo Inge and Geoffrey Till. 2016. "International Order at Sea: What It Is. How It Is Challenged. How It Is Maintained". In International Order at Sea. How it is challenged. How it is maintained, edited by Geoffrey Till and Jo Inge Bekkevold, 3–14. Palgrave Macmillan.
            • Bowers, Ian and Jo Inge Bekkevold. 2016. "A Question of Balance: Warfighting and Naval Operations Other than War". In International Order at Sea. How it is challenged. How it is maintained, edited by Geoffrey Till and Jo Inge Bekkevold, 241–259. Palgrave Macmillan.
            • Ross, Robert S. and Jo Inge Bekkevold. 2016. "Introduction: China's New Leadership in Domestic and International Politics". In China in the Era of Xi Jinping: Domestic and Foreign Policy Challenges, edited by Jo Inge Bekkevold and Robert S. Ross, xiii–xxii. Georgetown University Press.
            • Till, Geoffrey and Jo Inge Bekkevold. 2016. "Conclusion: International Order at Sea in the Twenty-First Century". In International Order at Sea. How it is challenged. How it is maintained, edited by Geoffrey Till and Jo Inge Bekkevold, 307–321. Palgrave Macmillan.
            • Bekkevold, Jo Inge, Ian Bowers and Michael Raska. 2015. "Conclusion: Security, strategy and military change in the 21st century". In Security, Strategy and Military change in the 21st Century: Cross-Regional Perspectives, edited by Jo Inge Bekkevold, Ian Bowers and Michael Raska, 266–273. Routledge.
            • Bekkevold, Jo Inge, Ian Bowers and Michael Raska. 2015. "Introduction". In Security, Strategy and Military change in the 21st Century: Cross-Regional Perspectives, edited by Jo Inge Bekkevold, Ian Bowers and Michael Raska, 1–12. Routledge.
            • Bekkevold, Jo Inge and Kristine Offerdal. 2015. "Norway's High North Policy and New Asian Stakeholders". In Arctic: Commerce, Governance and Policy, edited by Jo Inge Bekkevold and Uttam Kumar Sinha, 59–74. Routledge.
            • Bekkevold, Jo Inge and Uttam Kumar Sinha. 2015. "Introduction". In Arctic: Commerce, Governance and Policy, edited by Jo Inge Bekkevold and Uttam Kumar Sinha, 1–3. Routledge.
            • Bekkevold, Jo Inge. 2012. "Kinas utviklingsmodell - fra vekst til velverd?" In Kinas økonomi, edited by Jo Inge Bekkevold and Henning Kristoffersen, 97–116. Gyldendal Akademisk.
            • Bekkevold, Jo Inge. 2012. "Stat, marked og Kinas nye lederskap". In Kinas økonomi, edited by Jo Inge Bekkevold and Henning Kristoffersen, 243–267. Gyldendal Akademisk.
            • Bekkevold, Jo Inge and Henning Kristoffersen. 2012. "Introduksjon". In Kinas økonomi, edited by Jo Inge Bekkevold and Henning Kristoffersen, 13–18. Gyldendal Akademisk.
            • Reve, Torger, Henning Kristoffersen and Jo Inge Bekkevold. 2012. "Internasjonaliseringen av kinesisk næringsliv". In Kinas økonomi, edited by Jo Inge Bekkevold and Henning Kristoffersen, 170–188. Gyldendal Akademisk.
            • Bekkevold, Jo Inge. 1997. "Hongkong inn i Folkerepublikken". In Den kinesiske utfordringen, edited by Jo Inge Bekkevold, 257–276. Oslo: Tano Aschehoug.
            • Bekkevold, Jo Inge. 1997. "Kinas posisjon i internasjonal økonomi". In Den kinesiske utfordringen, edited by Jo Inge Bekkevold, 25–44. Oslo: Tano Aschehoug.
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            Peer-reviewed articles

            • Bekkevold, Jo Inge and Stig Stenslie. 2015. "Xi Jinpings makt og avmakt. Styringsutfordringer i implementeringen av Kinas nye økonomiske modell." Internasjonal Politikk - Skandinavisk tidsskrift for internasjonale studier 73 (2): 183–208.
            • Bekkevold, Jo Inge and Kristine Offerdal. 2014. Norway's High North policy and new Asian stakeholders. Strategic Analysis 38 (6): 825–840.
            • Bekkevold, Jo Inge and Uttam Kumar Sinha. 2014. Special Editors' Introduction. Strategic Analysis 38 (6): 767–769.
            • Bekkevold, Jo Inge. 2009. Skiftende kinesiske ismer. Nytt Norsk Tidsskrift : 510–519.
            • Bekkevold, Jo Inge. 1997. Reformer i Kinas handelssystem. Internasjonal Politikk - Skandinavisk tidsskrift for internasjonale studier 55 (3): 453–476.

            Non-refereed articles

            • Bekkevold, Jo Inge. 2018. Asia and Europe in a New Era of Great Power Rivalry. Global Asia 13 (2): 92–97.
            • Bekkevold, Jo Inge. 2018. China’s Grand Strategy in a New Era. IAPS Dialogue .
            • Bekkevold, Jo Inge. 2018. Xi Jinping og Kinas utenrikspolitiske ambisjoner. Internasjonal Politikk - Skandinavisk tidsskrift for internasjonale studier .
            • Bekkevold, Jo Inge. 2017. The East Asian Peace. PRIO Blogs .
            • Bowers, Ian and Jo Inge Bekkevold. 2017. "A Nuclear North Korea and Strategic Stability in East Asia". IFS Insight (4).
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            Op-eds/comments/blog posts

            • Bekkevold, Jo Inge and Bjørn Grønning. 2017. Japan er USAs viktigste allierte. Dagens næringsliv, 20 February.
            • Bekkevold, Jo Inge, Arild Moe and Olav Schram Stokke. 2016. Kineserne - en trussel? Nordlys, 03 October.
            • Tunsjø, Øystein, Jo Inge Bekkevold, Arild Moe and Schram Stokke Olav. 2016. "Misvisende om Kina og trusselbildet i nord". Aftenposten (morgenutg. : trykt utg.), 20 October.
            • Bekkevold, Jo Inge and Sunniva Engh. 2015. Et anstrengt naboforhold. Dagsavisen, 08 April.
            • Bekkevold, Jo Inge. 2014. Ingen retur til 1989. Dagens næringsliv, 30 September.
            • Bekkevold, Jo Inge and Henning Kristoffersen. 2013. Kinas nye økonomi. Dagens næringsliv, 27 June.
            • Bekkevold, Jo Inge and Øystein Tunsjø. 2013. Ny kurs i forholdet mellom USA og Kina? NRK Ytring, 07 June.
            • Bekkevold, Jo Inge. 2012. Kina - ny supermodell? Dagens næringsliv, 18 May.
            • Bekkevold, Jo Inge. 2012. Kinas lederskifte. Dagens næringsliv.
            • Bekkevold, Jo Inge. 2012. Kinas nye ledere. Dagens næringsliv, 22 March.
            • Bekkevold, Jo Inge. 2012. Regional sikkerhet i Asia. Forsvarets Forum.
            • Bekkevold, Jo Inge and Bjørn Elias Mikalsen Grønning. 2012. Høyt spill i Kinahavet. Dagens næringsliv, 21 September.
            • Bekkevold, Jo Inge and Arne Jon Isachsen. 2012. Yuan eller dollar i reserve? Dagens næringsliv.
            • Bekkevold, Jo Inge, Johannes Rø and Øystein Tunsjø. 2012. Europas ubetydelighet. Dagens næringsliv, 22 May.
            • Bekkevold, Jo Inge and Stig Stenslie. 2012. Nye ledere - men ny kurs? Dagens næringsliv, 01 June.
            • Bekkevold, Jo Inge and Øystein Tunsjø. 2012. Kinas generasjonsskifte. Ytring : NRK.
            • Engh, Sunniva and Jo Inge Bekkevold. 2012. Globale konkurrenter. Dagsavisen, 24 October.
            • Engh, Sunniva and Jo Inge Bekkevold. 2012. Snur seg mot vest. Dagens næringsliv, 03 November.
            • Røseth, Tom and Jo Inge Bekkevold. 2012. "Russland - en geopolitisk joker. Utviklingen av Russlands forhold til Kina legger viktige premisser for norsk utenriks- og sikkerhetspolitikk". Dagbladet, 30 September.
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            Published 04 May 2015 15:21.. Last updated 10 October 2019 08:21.