Kristian Åtland is a Senior Research Fellow at the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI) and Adjunct Professor of Political Science at Nord University. He holds a PhD in political science from UiT – The Arctic University of Norway. In the period from 1994 to 2002, he held various positions in the Norwegian Foreign Service. Since 2002, he has worked as a defence researcher and published numerous articles, research reports and book chapters on topics related to Russia, Ukraine, and other parts of the post-Soviet space. Many of his previous publications have dealt with military developments and security challenges in the High North. He has also written on maritime security issues in the Black Sea region. In 2019–2020, Dr. Åtland was a Visiting Scholar at the Institute of Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), University of California, Berkeley, where he worked on a project related to the conflict in Donbas.
Russia-Ukraine relations; military developments; diplomacy; maritime security.
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS ON UKRAINE
- Åtland, Kristian: “Redrawing borders, reshaping orders: Russia’s quest for dominance in the Black Sea region”, European Security, Vol. 30, No. 2 (2021).
- Åtland, Kristian: “Destined for deadlock? Russia, Ukraine, and the unfulfilled Minsk agreements”, Post-Soviet Affairs, Vol. 36, No. 2 (2020).
- Åtland, Kristian & Igor Kabanenko: “Russia and its Western Neighbours: A Comparative Study of the Security Situation in the Black, Baltic and Barents Sea Regions”, Europe-Asia Studies, Vol. 72, No. 2 (2020).
- “Russian Military Strategy and Decision-Making” (FFI), 2019–2022.