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 a member of The International Military
Council on Climate and Security (IMCCS). Prof.
Zysk 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.
Prof. Zysk has an academic background in international relations and international history. Following her PhD thesis (2006) on NATO enlargement, her research has focused on security, defence and strategic studies, in particular Russia's military strategy, security and defense policies, military innovation and the Russian Navy, in addition to focusing extensively on security and geopolitics in the Arctic. Currently she is working on several research projects, including one on military developments in the Arctic, and the evolution of Russia's military strategy and its adaptation to the changing character of warfare.
Her published research has appeared in SAIS Review of International Affairs, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Asia Policy, RUSI Journal, Politique Etrangère, International Relations, Jane's Navy International, and others, including in books published by Cambridge University Press and Oxford University Press.
She is a frequent commentator in the media, including interviews in the New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Bloomberg, Politico, NPR, Newsweek International, Die Zeit, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Le Monde, France Culture, Liberation, Le Point, Vice News, ABC News, WNYC Radio, The Voice of America, The Daily Beast, Radio Canada International, Politiken, Belingske, Morgenbladet, Aftenposten, and others, including in documentary movies.
Language competence: fluent in 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