NUPI Policy Briefs are summaries of projects, and research topics, presenting research findings/conlusions and highlighting policy measures. The series are online downloadable.

Recent Submissions

  • The European Defence Fund and Norway 

    Friis, Karsten (NUPI Policy Brief;2020-13, Research report, 2020)
    The establishment of the European Defence Fund (EDF) represents an important step towards a more coherent European security architecture. It is broadly recognised that Europe needs to reduce duplication between, as well ...
  • China’s EU policy in the pandemic era: A new normal? 

    Trøan, Magnus Langset (NUPI Policy Brief;2020-12, Research report, 2020)
    During the pandemic era, media reports and leaks indicate a growing assertiveness from China towards the EU. Is this a sign of a new normal in China's EU policy of something else entirely? To devise an appropriate response, ...
  • The Geopolitics of Fish in the Arctic 

    Hoel, Alf Håkon (NUPI Policy Brief;2020-11, Research report, 2020)
    Climate change and declining sea-ice in the Central Arctic Ocean (CAO) has brought concerns that fish stocks may expand into the high Arctic. While the sub-Arctic seas of the North Pacific and the North Atlantic have ...
  • Slow Stagnation, Sudden Revolution? Post-Covid-19 Prospects for Political Change in Russia and Belarus 

    Hansen, Arve (NUPI Policy Brief;2020-10, Research report, 2020)
  • The spiralling effects of the Sino-American trade war 

    Lanteigne, Marc (NUPI Policy Brief;2020-09, Research report, 2020)
    Almost two years ago, China and the United States instigated a trade conflict which has had serious international effects, a situation since exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic. What has truly made a solution to this ...
  • Russian approaches to military technology. The Northern dimension 

    Godzimirski, Jakub M. (NUPI Policy Brief;2020-8, Research report, 2020)
    This policy brief presents the main findings of a project on Russian approaches to technological challenges, and the implications for security developments in the High North. It begins by examining the Russian debate on ...
  • Can trade preferences stimulate sectoral development? The case of Namibian and Botswanan beef exports to Norway 

    Bennett, Ben; Rich, Karl M. (NUPI Policy Brief;2020-1, Research report, 2020)
    • While market access quotas have generated high levels of rents for traders and exporters in Namibia, Botswana, Norway, and offshore entities in the UK, their developmental benefits are diffuse, unclear, and difficult to ...
  • COVID-19 and the African Union. Challenges, prospects and side-effects Summary 

    De Coning, Cedric (NUPI Policy Brief;2020-07, Research report, 2020)
    The African Union is coordinating the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Africa, but the measures introduced are also significantly disrupting the reforms, programmes and operations of the AU.
  • Explaining Russian reactions to increased NATO military presence 

    Godzimirski, Jakub M. (NUPI Policy Brief;2019-16, Research report, 2019)
    Ever since NATO’s enlargement process began, Russia has voiced concerns for the impact of a greater NATO military presence near the Russian border for its national security. While the signing of the 1997 NATO–Russia Founding ...
  • US-Norway Bilateral Defense Agreements: a partnership that strengthens NATO 

    Cullen, Patrick; Stormoen, Ole Martin (NUPI Policy Brief;2020-6, Research report, 2020)
    The defense partnership between the United States and Norway plays a crucial role for both American and Norwegian national defense. Less understood is the important and positive role that these US-Norwegian bilateral defense ...
  • China in the Sustainable Development Agenda: Contributions to health and education 

    Gåsemyr, Hans Jørgen (NUPI Policy Brief;2020-3, Research report, 2020)
    China is scaling up its investments in health and education, making significant contributions to the UN 2030 Agenda and related Sustainable Development Goals. Domestically, China is working to modernize its entire health ...
  • From careful participant to budding partner: China in the Sustainable Development Agenda 

    Gåsemyr, Hans Jørgen (NUPI Policy Brief;2020-02, Research report, 2020)
    China is an increasingly active player in the Sustainable Development Agenda. It has staked out a national Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) plan that stresses comprehensive development with serious consideration to ...
  • China in the Sustainable Development Agenda: Key environmental issues and responses 

    Gåsemyr, Hans Jørgen; Heggelund, Gørild (NUPI Policy Brief;2020-04, Research report, 2020)
    China is dealing with very serious pollution levels and the unsustainable use of many natural resources. Environmental issues, concerning both air, ground, and ocean, have gained increasing recognition in Chinese domestic ...
  • China’s role in the Sustainable Development Agenda: Considerations for Norway 

    Gåsemyr, Hans Jørgen (NUPI Policy Brief;2020-05, Research report, 2020)
    China’s role as an international development actor is growing, with real and increasing potential to impact Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). On some issues, Chinese initiatives align well with Norwegian interests, but ...
  • State-owned Enterprises and the Trade Wars 

    Kowalski, Przemyslaw (NUPI Policy Brief;2019-06, Research report, 2019)
    Do state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and state capitalism create unfair competition in international markets? Empirical evidence surveyed in this brief suggests that from the turn of the century, state-owned enterprises (SOEs) ...
  • China’s Export Success: Due to Unfair Practices or Fair Competition? 

    Langhammer, Rolf J. (NUPI Policy Brief;2019-14, Research report, 2019)
    Compared with previous ratings, China’s trade policy today is more positively acknowledged. Yet, China can still be criticised in particular because of its non-transparent subsidy policy, the privileged role of state-owned ...
  • Women and the Katiba Macina in Central Mali 

    Rupesinghe, Natasja; Diall, Yida (NUPI Policy Brief; 2019-13, Research report, 2019)
    This policy brief examines the local rule of the Katiba Macina from a gender perspective and addresses the question of women’s participation in the insurgency. The key findings can be summarised as follows. First,controlling ...
  • Business as usual? The private sector’s changing role in Arctic environmental governance 

    Rowe, Elana Tovah Wilson; Prip, Christian; Rottem, Svein Vigeland (NUPI Policy Brief;2019-12, Research report, 2019)
    How has the private sector engaged in crossborder Arctic diplomacy? Despite a focus on business actors as targets of policy recommendations from the Arctic Council and an increased attention on the importance of engaging ...
  • 50 Years After the Moon Landing:Why Europe Should Lead the Next 50 

    Cross, Mai’a K. Davis (NUPI Policy Brief;2019-11, Research report, 2019)
    50 years since the first astronauts stepped foot on the moon, it would be easy to be complacent about human space exploration today. After all, humans have not ventured out of low-earth orbit since 1972. Achievements in ...
  • Why Franco-German leadership on European defense is not in sight 

    Kunz, Barbara (NUPI Policy Brief;2019-10, Research report, 2019)

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