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Lars Rowe

Lars RowePosition at FNI: Senior Research Fellow

Academic background
   PhD, University of Oslo, Department of Archeology, Conservation and History, 2013.
   Cand. philol., University of Oslo, 1999 (history, Russian language, Russian and East European studies).

Professional experience
   Senior Research Fellow, Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies 2012-13.
   Research Fellow, Fridtjof Nansen Institute, 2002-2012.
   Senior Executive officer at the Office of the Finnmark county Governor 2000-2002 (international environmental cooperation).
   Research assistant at the Institute for Defence Studies 1999

Main research interests
   International relations in the European North
   Soviet industrialism in the High North
   Post-Soviet health care
   Russian and Norwegian postwar history
   The communist movement

Major publications


Rowe, Lars, Pechenganikel: Soviet Industry, Russian Pollution, and the Outside World. Ph.D. dissertation, Faculty og Humanities, University of Oslo, 2013, 339 p.

Hønneland, Geir and Lars Rowe, Nordområdene – hva nå? ('The High North – What Now?'). Trondheim, Tapir Academic Press, 2010, 151 p. In Norwegian.

Hønneland, Geir and Lars Rowe, Fra svarte skyer til helleristninger: Norsk-russisk miljøvernsamarbeid gjennom 20 år ('From Dark Skies to Rock Carvings: 20 Years of Norwegian-Russian Environmental Cooperation'). Trondheim, Tapir Academic Press, 2008, 186 p. In Norwegian.

Rowe, Lars and Geir Hønneland (eds), Russlandsbilder: Nye debattinnlegg om naboskap i nordområdene ('Images of Russia: New Contributions to the Debate about Neighbourhood in the High North'). Bergen, Fagbokforlaget, 2007, 114 p. In Norwegian.

Hønneland, Geir and Lars Rowe, Health as International Politics: Combating Communicable Diseases in the Baltic Sea Region. Aldershot & Burlington, VT, Ashgate, 2004, 150 p.

Rowe, Lars. "Nyttige idioter"? Fredsfronten i Norge 1949-1956 ("Useful idiots"? The Peace Front in Norway 1949-1956). Forsvarsstudier (Defence studies), 1/2002, 242 p. In Norwegian.

Articles, chapters and reports

Breit, Eric, Lars Rowe and Pål Wilter Skedsmo, Evaluering av støtteordningen BarentsKult ('Evaluation of the Funding Mechanism BarentsKult'). FNI Report 11/2014. Lysaker, FNI, 2014, 41 p. In Norwegian.

Rowe, Lars, 'Sovjetunionen og den kalde krigen' ('Soviet Union and the Cold War'). In H.H. Waage, R. Tamnes and H.H. Vik (eds), Krig og fred i det lange 20. århundre. Oslo, Cappelen Damm Akademisk, 2013, pp. 67-88. In Norwegian.

Rowe, Lars, Elana Wilson Rowe and Geir Hønneland, 'Health and Human Security: Communicable Diseases in the Post-Soviet Arctic'. In G.H. Gjørv, D.R. Bazely, M. Goloviznina and A. Tanentzap (eds), Environmental and Human Security in the Arctic. London/New York, Routledge, 2014, pp. 163-183.

Rowe, Lars and Geir Hønneland, 'Norge og Russland: Tilbake til normaltilstanden' ('Norway and Russia: Back to Normality'). Nordisk Østforum, Vol 24, No 2, 2010, pp. 133-147. In Norwegian.

Hønneland, Geir and Lars Rowe, 'Hva er nordområdepolitikk? Utfordringer innenrikspolitisk, i nærområdene og globalt' ('High North Politics: What Is It? Domestic, Regional and Global Challenges'). Plan, No 2, 2010, pp. 10-15. In Norwegian.

Rowe, Lars, 'Det brysomme nikkelverket' ('The Troublesome Nickel Plant'). Fortid, Vol 5, No 4, 2008, pp. 23-28. In Norwegian.

Moe, Arild and Lars Rowe, Petroleum Activity in the Russian Barents Sea: Constraints and Options for Norwegian Offshore and Shipping Companies. FNI Report 7/2008. Lysaker, FNI, 2008, 26 p.

Rowe, Lars, Geir Hønneland and Arild Moe, Evaluering av miljøvernsamarbeidet mellom Norge og Russland ('Evaluation of Norwegian-Russian Environmental Collaboration 1995-2006'). FNI Report 7/2007. Lysaker, FNI, 2007. 47 p, In Norwegian.

Rowe, Lars and Geir Hønneland, 'Communicable Disease Control'. In Stokke, Olav Schram and Geir Hønneland (eds), International Cooperation and Arctic Governance: Regime Effectiveness and Northern Region Building. London, Routledge, 2007, pp. 50-78.

Rowe, Lars and Bernd Rechel, 'Fighting Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS in Northeast Europe: Sustainable Collaboration or Political Rhetoric?'. The European Journal of Public Health, Vol 16, No 6, 2006, pp. 609-614.

Hønneland, Geir and Lars Rowe, 'Western versus Post-Soviet Medicine: Fighting Tuberculosis and HIV in North-West Russia and the Baltic States', Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics, Vol 21, No 3, 2005, pp. 395-414.

Rowe, Lars and Geir Hønneland, 'Smittevern og internasjonal politikk' ('Communicable Diseases and International Politics'). Tidsskrift for Den norske lægeforening, No 12, 2005, pp. 78-80. In Norwegian.

Rowe, Lars, 'Et propagandistisk alternativ til diplomati - Sovjetisk utenrikspolitikk og Fredsfronten i Norge' ('A Propagandistic Alternative to Diplomacy: Soviet Foreign Policy and the Norwegian Peace Front'). Historisk tidsskrift, Vol 84, No 2, 2005, pp. 297-310. In Norwegian.

Rowe, Lars, Report from the Steering Committee for Evaluation of the Task Force on Communicable Disease Control in the Baltic Sea Region. FNI report 9/2004. Lysaker, FNI, 2004, 27 p.

Rowe Lars, 'Fredskamp og maktkamp i arbeiderorganisasjonene' ('Peace struggle and power struggle in the labour organisations'), Arbeiderhistorie (Labour History), 2000, 15 p. In Norwegian.

Rowe, Lars, "Forsvaret av freden og kampen mot krigsbrannstifterne" Fred som politisk våpen i den kalde krigen 1949-1956 (MA thesis), University of Oslo, 1999, 300 p. In Norwegian.

Recent commentary articles

Rowe. Lars and Jørgen Holten Jørgensen, 'Russlands sannferdige løgner' ('Russia's true lies'), Bergens Tidende, 09.01.2015. In Norwegian.

Rowe, Lars, 'Det brysomme nikkelverket' ('The Troublesome Nickel Plant'), Nordlys, 2 March 2009. In Norwegian.

Moe, Arild and Lars Rowe, 'Russian Shipbuilding – Is a Rapid Turnaround Possible?', Baltic Rim Economies, No 5, 31 October, 2008.

Rowe, Lars, 'Norge og Russland 1991-2008: Fra unntakstilstand til normalen' ('Norway and Russia 1991-2008: From State of Emergency to Normalcy'), Norsk Polarhistorie, May 2008. In Norwegian.

Rowe, Lars, 'Tilbake til normaltilstanden' ('Russia Returned to Its Normal State'), Klassekampen, 5 June 2007.
Contact details
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 Related focal points of research

   Arctic and Russian politics

 Important ongoing projects

Federal Russian Politics: Modernizing Northern Economies (FEDRUP)

 Important past projects

The Pechenga-Nikel Combine 1934-2004

Evaluation of the Task Force on Communicable Disease Control in the Baltic Sea Region

Evaluation of Russian-Norwegian Environmental Collaboration 1995-2007

 Recent relevant FNI News

The BarentsKult Funding Mechanism: A Success (30.10.2014)

Lars Rowe Obtains PhD on the History of the Pechenga Nickel Plant (12.02.2013)

 Recent media coverage

'- Nordområdesamarbeidet kan brukes til å skape dialog' ('- Cooperation in the High North Can Be Used to Create Dialogue'), NRK Nordnytt, 04.02.2015.

'Et russisk puslespill: Hvor er Russland på vei etter 15 år med Putin?' ('A Russian jigsaw: Where is Russia heading after !5 years with Putin?'), Nord24, 31.12.2014. In Norwegian.

'Rapportkonklusjon: BarentsKult en suksess' ('Report Concludes that BarentsKult Is a Success'), Barents Secretariat News, 31.10.2014. In Norwegian.

'- Barents-samarbeidet blir viktigere', ('- Barents Cooperation Becomes More Important'), Dagens Næringsliv, 11.09.2014. In Norwegian.

'Rom på Kola' ('Space on the Kola Peninsula'), Dagens Næringsliv/D2, 15.08.2014. In Norwegian.

'Markedet presser russisk industri til modernisering' ('The Market Forces Russian Industry to Modernize'), Research Council of Norway News, 01.10.2013. In Norwegian.

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