Katarzyna Zysk is professor of international relations and contemporary history. She is Deputy Director at the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies, where she also serves as head of Centre for Security Policy. She was director of research from 2017 to 2019.
In the academic year 2016–17, she was visiting scholar at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at Stanford University and subsequently visiting research fellow at the Changing Character of War Centre at the University of Oxford.
She is also a member of the Hoover Institution's Arctic Security Initiative and was research fellow (resident and non-resident) at the Center for Naval Warfare Studies of the US Naval War College, where she also cooperated with the War Gaming Department. In 2016, she served as acting dean of the Norwegian Defence University College, where she also teaches regularly. In 2015, she received Chief of the Norwegian Defence University College's Teaching Award.
Zysk has an academic background in international relations and international history. Following her PhD thesis on NATO enlargement (2006), her research has focused on security and strategic studies, in particular Russia's military strategy, security and defense policies, modern military thought, military change and modernization of the Russian armed forces, geopolitics in the Arctic, as well as Russia's naval power, and maritime security. Currently she is working on a research project on the evolution of Russia's military strategy and its adaptation to the changing character of warfare.
Language competence: English, Norwegian, Polish, French, and Russian.
Fields of interest
- 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