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East Asian Peace


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Dr. Stein Tønnesson is a Norwegian peace researcher and historian. His doctoral thesis, defended at the University of Oslo in 1991, was on the international history of the Vietnamese Revolution in 1945. His main areas of research are Vietnam, nation building in Southeast Asia, and the disputes in the South China Sea. In the years 2011-16 he leads a research program at the University of Uppsala on the 'East Asia Peace' since 1979. He is a frequent commentator in Norwegian and international media on issues of peace and conflict, and writes regularly for the Norwegian weekly Morgenbladet. He has also worked on energy security and has served as a consultant to several Norwegian companies. Since 2007, he serves on the board of Norfund, a state-owned development finance institution (DFI).


Telephone numbers: +47 22 54 77 31 (Oslo office)

+47 48 10 12 92 (cell) + 46 (0)18 4716 108 (Uppsala office)




Oslo address: PRIO, P.O. Box 9229 Grønland, N-0134 Oslo, Norway


Uppsala address: Dept of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, Box 514, SE 751 20 Uppsala, Sweden




July 2009: 'Energy Security and Climate Change: The Potential Role of China and India', in Gunnar Fermann, ed., Political Economy of Energy in Europe: Forces of Fragmentation and Integration. Berlin: Berliner Wissenschaftsverlag (forthcoming).

June 2009: 'Major Armed Conflicts since the Cold War', PRIO Anniversary Seminar: A Peace Opportunity Missed? Is the World getting Less Peaceful Again?' Oslo, 11 June 2009.

5 June 2009: 'Beijings pakistanske bekymring' [Beijing's Pakistani worry], Morgenbladet, 29 May - 5 June 2009.

May 2009: Euronews interview about global energy security.

24 April 2009: 'Kina leter etter sin globale identitet' [China is searching for its global identity], Morgenbladet. 24-30 April 2009.

17 April 2009: 

 'Norske interesser og verdier'

[Norwegian interests and values], Morgenbladet, 17-23 April 2009.

13 March 2009:

'Vinnere og tapere i krisen’ [Winners and Losers in the Crisis], Morgenbladet, 13-19 March 2009.


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