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Svein Vigeland Rottem

Svein Vigeland RottemPosition at FNI: Senior Research Fellow, Director of the Russia and Polar Programme

Academic background
   Ph.D., Department of Political Science, University of Tromsø, Norway (2009).
   Cand. Polit. (Master) in Political Science, University of Tromsø, Norway (2002).
   Cand. Mag. (Bachelor), University of Tromsø/University of Oslo (1998).

Professional experience
   Senior Research Fellow, Fridtjof Nansen Institute (since 2006).
   Lecturer on international relations and security concepts, University of Tromsø/Norwegian Defence (2002-2006).
   Research Fellow, University of Tromsø (2002).

Main research interests
   Politics and international relations in the High North
   Norwegian defence policy
   The relation between climate change and security in the Arctic.
   The widening of the concept of security
   The new NATO and Norway's role


Major publications

Rottem, Svein Vigeland, 'The Political Architecture of Security in the Arctic - the Case of Norway'. Arctic Review on Law and Politics, Vol 4, No 2, 2013, p. 234-255.

Rottem, Svein Vigeland, 'The Arctic Council and the Search and Rescue Agreement: The case of Norway'. Polar Record, published online 13.05.2013, 9 pp.

Rottem, Svein Vigeland, Sikkerhet i nord - er vi forberedt? ('Security in the North - Are We Prepared?'). Rapport fra Sikkerhetspolitisk konferanse 2012, Oslo, Utenriksdepartementet, 2013, 32 p. In Norwegian.

Inderberg, Tor Håkon and Svein Vigeland Rottem, Norsk utviklingssamarbeid og et klima i endring ('Norwegian Development Cooperation and Climate Change Financing'). FNI Report 7/2011. Lysaker, FNI, 2011, 22 p. In Norwegian.

Jensen, Leif Christian, Øystein Jensen and Svein Vigeland Rottem, 'Norwegian Foreign Policy in the High North: Energy, International Law and Security'. Atlantisch Perspectief, Vol 35, No 3, 2011, pp. 15-19.

Jensen, Øystein and Svein Vigeland Rottem, International Law and Security Policy Perspectives in Norway's Northern Sea Areas. Security Brief 3-2010. Oslo, The Norwegian Atlantic Committe, 4 p.

Buan, Inga Fritzen, Tor Håkon Inderberg and Svein Vigeland Rottem, Globale og regionale følger av klimaendringer. Konsekvenser for Norge ('Global and Regional Ramifications of Climate Change. Consequenses for Norway'). FNI Report 12/2010. Lysaker, FNI, 2010, 76 p.

Rottem, Svein Vigeland, 'Klima og sikkerhet i Arktis' ('Climate and Security in the Arctic'). Internasjonal Politikk, Vol 68, No 2, 2010, pp. 183-204. In Norwegian.

Jensen, Leif Christian, Øystein Jensen and Svein Vigeland Rottem, 'Sitting on Top of the World: The Arctic Seen through Norwegian Lenses'. In Viviane du Castel (ed), Le Grand Nord: Un nouvel enjeu trés courtisé. L'exemple de la mer de Barents, Norvége. Paris, L'Harmattan, 2010, pp. 19-30.

Jensen, Øystein and Svein Vigeland Rottem. 'The Politics of Security and International Law in Norway's Arctic Waters'. Polar Record, Vol 46, 2010, pp. 75-83.

Rottem, Svein Vigeland, Hva forsvarer Norge? Det norske forsvarets møte med en ny virkelighet ('What is Norway Defending? The Norwegian Defence'e Encounter With a New Reality'). Doctoral dissertation, Department of Political Science, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Tromsø. Tromsø, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Tromsø, 2009, 193 p.

Rottem, Svein Vigeland, Geir Hønneland and Leif Christian Jensen, Småstat og energistormakt: Norges sikkerhetspolitiske rolle i nord ('Small State and Energy Great Power: Norway's Security-Policy Role in the High North'). Bergen, Fagbokforlaget, 2008, 136 p. In Norwegian.

Rottem, Svein Vigeland, 'The Ambivalent Ally: Norway in the New NATO'. Contemporary Security Policy, Vol 28, No 3, 2007, pp. 619-638.

Rottem, Svein Vigeland, 'Forsvaret i nord – avskrekking og beroligelse' ('Defence Policy in the High North – Deterrence and Reassurance'). Tidsskrift for samfunnsforskning, Vol 48, No 1, 2007, pp. 63-91. In Norwegian.

Rottem, Svein Vigeland, 'Forsvarets mål og strategi: Sikkerhet for hvem?' ('The Norwegian Defence's Objectives and Strategy: Security for Whom?'). Internasjonal Politikk, Vol 65, No 1, 2007, pp. 39-61. In Norwegian.

Rottem, Svein Vigeland and Arild Moe, Climate Change in the North and the Oil Industry. FNI Report 9/2007. Lysaker, FNI, 2007, 21 p.

Rottem, Svein Vigeland, 'Hva forsvarer vi? Tre tilnærminger til norsk forsvars- og sikkerhetspolitikk' ('What Are We Defending? Three Approaches to Norwegian Defence and Security Politics'). Norsk Statsvitenskapelig Tidsskrift, Vol 4, 2005, pp. 334-362. In Norwegian.

Rottem, Svein Vigeland, 'Book review of Riste, Olav (2005) "Norway's Foreign Relations – A History"', Norsk tidsskrift for samfunnsforskning, Vol 4, 2005, pp. 578-582.

Hoogensen, Gunhild and Svein Vigeland Rottem, 'Gender, Identity and the Subject of Security'. Security Dialogue, Vol 35, June 2004, pp. 155-171.

Rottem, Svein Vigeland, 'Realisme som biologisme, ('Realism as Biologism'), Norsk Statsvitenskapelig Tidsskrift, Vol 4, 2004, pp. 391-414. In Norwegian.

Rottem, Svein Vigeland, 'Forsvarsallianse og verdiforvalter. NATO på 90-tallet - mellom ideal- og realpolitikk' ('Defence Alliance and Steward of Values. NATO in the 90's, between Ideal- and Realpolitik'). Master thesis. Tromsø, Department of Political Science, University of Tromsø, 2002. In Norwegian.

Recent commentary articles

Rottem, Svein Vigeland, 'Et sivilt forsvar i nord?' ('A Civilian Defence in the North?'), Nordlys, 07.11.2011. In Norwegian.

Rottem, Svein Vigeland, 'Stabilitet i nord' ('Stability in the High North'), Nordlys, 26.05.2011. In Norwegian.

Jensen, Leif Christian and Svein Vigeland Rottem, 'NATO i nord?' ('NATO in the North?'), Nordlys, 15.06.2010. In Norwegian.

Jensen, Øystein and Svein Vigeland Rottem, 'Makt og rett i nord' ('Power and Law in the High North'), Nordlys, 26 June 2009. In Norwegian.

Rottem, Svein V.'En ambivalent alliert' ('Norway: An Ambivalent Ally'), Dagbladet, 27 March 2009. In Norwegian.
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Complete CV can be downloaded here


 Related focal points of research

   Polar and Russian politics


 Important ongoing projects

Geopolitics in the High North: Climate Change, Energy Development, and Environmental Protection


 Important past projects

Climate Change and New Security Threats in the Arctic (2009-2010)

International Collaboration in the Arctic (2003-2009)

Challenges for the Norwegian Coast Guard in the North (2006-2008)


Recent relevant FNI News

FNI-artikkel om klima og sikkerhet i Arktis nominert til Årets tidsskriftartikkel 2010 ('FNI Article Nominated to the Norwegian Peer Review Article of the Year Prize for 2010'). In Norwegian. (01.06.2011)


 Recent media coverage

'Hvem rydder op, når katastrofen rammer?' ('Who Cleans up the Arctic when Disaster Strikes?'), Information, 05.10.2013. In Danish.

'– Media overdriver konflikten i nord' ('Media Exaggerates High North Conflict'), NRK, 18.04.2012. In Norwegian.



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