Katarzyna Zysk is professor of international relations and comtemporary history. She is director of research at the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies, where she also serves as deputy for the director of the Institute.
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 Programme at the University of Oxford.
She is also a member of the Hoover Institution's Arctic Security Initiative at Stanford University 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.
Zysk has an academic background in international relations and international history. Following her PhD thesis on NATO enlargement (2006, Nicholas Copernicus University in Torun), her research has focused on security and strategic studies, in particular Russia's security and defense policies, military strategy, modern military through, military change and modernization of the Russian armed forces, strategic culture, geopolitics in the Arctic, as well as Russia's naval power, and maritime security. Currently she is working on a project on Russia's military strategy.
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