Zysk, Katarzyna
DepartmentCentre for Norwegian and European Security
PositionAssociate Professor
E-mailkzysk@ifs.mil.no

​​​​​​Dr Katarzyna Zysk is an associate professor at the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies in Oslo, a position she has held since 2007. In the academic year 2016–17, she was a visiting scholar at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at Stanford University, and currently she is a 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 a research fellow (resident and non-resident) at the US Naval War College – Center for Naval Warfare Studies (Strategic Research Department), where she also cooperated closely with the War Gaming Department. In 2016, she served as acting Dean of the Norwegian Defence University College.

Dr Zysk has an acade
mic background in international relations and international history. Following her PhD thesis on NATO enlargement (2006), her research and publications have focused on various aspects of security and strategic studies, in particular Russia's security and defence policies, including military change and modernization of the Russian armed forces, strategic culture, political philosophy, Arctic geopolitics, as well as uses of sea power and maritime security. Currently, she is writing a book about Russia's military strategy. 

Language competence: English, Norwegian, Polish, French, and Russian.

Fields of interest


  • Russia, foreign, security and defence policy
  • international security
  • Arctic geopolitics
  • maritime security
  • the Russian Navy
  • Russia’s weapons of mass destruction
  • NATO and transatlantic relations
  • Northern Europe, security and defence
  • Central Europe, security and defence
  • contemporary history

Katarzyna Zysk'S Selected Publications

  • 2015. "Managing Military Change in Russia". In Security, Strategy and Military change in the 21st Century: Cross-Regional Perspectives, p. 155–177. Routledge.
  • 2012. "Russia's Naval Ambitions: Driving Forces and Constraints". In Twenty-First Century Seapower: Cooperation and Conflict at Sea, p. 112–135. Routledge.
  • 2011. "Military Aspects of Russia's Arctic Policy: Hard Power and Natural Resources". In Arctic Security in an Age of Climate Change, p. 85–106. Cambridge University Press.

For a complete list of Zysks publications, lectures and media appearances: https://www.cristin.no/as/WebObjects/cristin.woa/2/wa/personVis?type=PERSON&pnr=59517&la=en&instnr=1627

Books/reports/dissertations

  • Schulte, Paul, Paal Sigurd Hilde, Katarzyna Zysk, Lukasz Kulesa and Jacek Durkalec. 2013. "Prospects for information sharing and confidence building on Non-Strategic Nuclear Weapons in Europe". Report, The Polish Institute for International Affairs.
  • Zysk, Katarzyna. 2008. Stanowisko Norwegii wobec rozszerzenia NATO na panstwa Europy Srodkowej, ze szczegolnym uwzglednieniem Polski, w latach 1989–99 [Norway towards NATO Enlargement to Central Europe, with Special Emphasis on Poland]. Nicholas Copernicus University Press and The Learned Society of Torun Press.

Parts of books/reports

  • Zysk, Katarzyna. 2016. "Maritime Security and International Order at Sea in the Arctic". In International Order at Sea. How it is challenged. How it is maintained, edited by Geoffrey Till and Jo Inge Bekkevold, 141–174. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Zysk, Katarzyna. 2015. "Forsvars- og sikkerhetspolitikken – nye muligheter, ny usikkerhet". In Naboer i frykt og forventning. Norge og Russland 1917-2014, edited by Sven Gabriel Holtsmark, 555–564. Pax Forlag.
  • Zysk, Katarzyna. 2015. "Managing Military Change in Russia". In Security, Strategy and Military change in the 21st Century: Cross-Regional Perspectives, edited by Jo Inge Bekkevold, Ian Bowers and Michael Raska, 155–177. Routledge.
  • Zysk, Katarzyna. 2015. "Mellom fredsretorikk og militær opprustning: Russlands sikkerhetspolitiske og militære atferd i nordområdene". In Norge og Russland. Sikkerhetspolitiske utfordringer i nordområdene, edited by Tormod Heier and Anders Olav Kjølberg, 71–84. Universitetsforlaget.
  • Zysk, Katarzyna. 2015. "Russia turns north, again: interests, policies and the search for coherence". In Handbook of the Politics of the Arctic, edited by Geir Hønneland and Leif Chr. Jensen, 437–461. Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Zysk, Katarzyna. 2012. "Russia’s Naval Ambitions: Driving Forces and Constraints". In Twenty-First Century Seapower: Cooperation and Conflict at Sea, edited by Peter Dutton, Robert Ross and Øystein Tunsjø, 112–135. Routledge.
  • Zysk, Katarzyna. 2011. "Military Aspects of Russia’s Arctic Policy: Hard Power and Natural Resources". In Arctic Security in an Age of Climate Change, edited by James Kraska, 85–106. Cambridge University Press.
  • Zysk, Katarzyna. 2011. "The Evolving Arctic Security Environment: An Assessment". In Russia in the Arctic, edited by Stephen Blank, 91–138. Carlisle, PA: Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College.
  • Zysk, Katarzyna. 2009. "Russia in the High North: Security and Defence Perspectives". In Security Prospects in the High North: Geostrategic Thaw or Freeze?, edited by Sven Holtsmark and Brooke Smith-Windsor, 102–129. Roma: Nato Defense College.
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Peer-reviewed articles

  • Zysk, Katarzyna and David W. Titley. 2015. "Signal, Noise and Swans in Today’s Arctic". The SAIS review of international affairs 35 (1): 169–181.
  • Zysk, Katarzyna. 2014. "Asian Interests in the Arctic: Risks and Gains for Russia". Asia Policy 18 : 30–38.
  • Zysk, Katarzyna. 2007. Norwegia wobec polskich aspiracji euroatlantyckich w latach 1989-1995 [Norway and Polish Euro–Atlantic Aspirations, 1989–1995], Polish Academy of Sciences. Dzieje Najnowsze: kwartalnik poswiecony historii XX wieku 4 : 215–233.
  • Zysk, Katarzyna. 2006. Norwegia wobec aktualnych tendencji w stosunkach transatlantyckich [New Tendencies in Transatlantic Relations – The Norwegian Perspective], Polish Institute of International Affairs. Polski Przeglad Dyplomatyczny / Polish Diplomatic Review 6 (4/32): 125–149.
  • Zysk, Katarzyna. 2005. Ewolucja norweskiej polityki bezpieczenstwa po II wojnie swiatowej [Evolution of Norway’s Security Policy after the World War II], Institute of International Relations, University of Warsaw. Stosunki Miedzynarodowe (1-2): 57–77.
  • Zysk, Katarzyna. 2004. Synteza dziejow polityki zagranicznej Norwegii [Synthesis of the History of Norway’s Foreign Policy], The Learned Society of Torun. Zapiski Historyczne 2-3 : 185–196.
  • Zysk, Katarzyna. 2003. Norwegia wobec "trzeciej Europy" Józefa Becka [Norway’s Attitudes towards Joseph Beck’s Idea of the Third Europe], Polish Institute of International Affairs. Polski Przeglad Dyplomatyczny / Polish Diplomatic Review 3 (13): 75–114.
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Non-refereed articles

Op-eds/comments/blog posts

  • Zysk, Katarzyna. 2014. Iskander missiler til Kaliningrad. Offiserbladet.
  • Zysk, Katarzyna. 2013. "Vil vise muskler i nord (originaltittel "Hva vil Russland i Arktis?")". Aftenposten (morgenutg. : trykt utg.), 29 January.
  • Zysk, Katarzyna. 2012. Book review: Barbara Kunz, "Kind words, cruise missiles and everything in between. A neoclassical realist study of the use of power resources in U.S. policies towards Poland, Ukraine and Belarus 1989-2008", Doctoral thesis in Political Science at Stockholm University, Stockholm Studies in Politics 136: 2010. Nordisk Østforum.
  • Zysk, Katarzyna. 2007. Russlands skygge i nord. Dagbladet, 24 December.
  • Zysk, Katarzyna. 2006. Book review: Arne Ørum, "Fred i vår tid. Retorikken bak Oslo–prosessen", Tapir Akademisk Forlag, Trondheim 2004. Polski Przeglad Dyplomatyczny / Polish Diplomatic Review.
Published 07 May 2015 13:10.. Last updated 24 April 2017 07:57.