Katarzyna Zysk

Katarzyna Zysk

Visiting Scholar at CISAC


Encina Hall C227

616 Serra Street

Stanford, CA 94305

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Research Interests

Strategic studies, Russian military strategy, managing military change, defense innovation, maritime security, the Russian Navy, Arctic geopolitics, security in Northern, Central and Eastern Europe.


Dr Katarzyna Zysk is Associate Professor at the Norwegian Defence University College (NDUC)/Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies in Oslo (since 2007). She has an academic background in international relations and international history (PhD, 2006). In her research at the NDCU, she has focused primarily on various aspects of Russian security and defence policy, including military strategy, military change and defence innovation, political philosophy, uses of seapower and regional stability. Currently, she is working on a book on Russia’s military strategy. 

In 2016, Dr Zysk served as Acting Dean of the Norwegian Defence University College. At the NDUC, which offers the highest level of professional military education in Norway, she has taught graduate and undergraduate courses; in 2015 she received the Chief of the Norwegian Defence University College Teacher of the Year Award. Dr Zysk also serves as a member of the Arctic Security Initiative at Hoover Institution, and has been a research fellow (resident and non-resident) at the US Naval War College – Center for Naval Warfare Studies (Strategic Research Department). 

Recent publications include: “Managing Military Change in Russia”, in Security, Strategy and Military Change in the 21st Century (Routledge 2015); “Maritime Security and International Order at Sea in the Arctic”, in International Order at Sea (MacMillian Palgrave, 2016); ”Signal, Noise and Swans in Today’s Arctic”, with D.W. Titley, SAIS Review of International Affairs, 1/2015; “Russia’s Naval Ambitions: Driving Forces and Constraints”, in Emerging Naval Powers in the 21st Century: Cooperation and Conflict at Sea, (Routledge 2012). She is also a contributor to IHS Jane’s Navy International