Kristin Ven Bruusgaard

Postdoctoral Fellow - Department of Political Science
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Visiting address Gullhaug torg 1 0484 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1097 Blindern 0317 Oslo
Other affiliations Department of Education (Student)

Academic interests

Security studies 

Nuclear Weapons 

Strategy and Doctrine


Civil-Military Relations 

Courses taught


Dr. Kristin Ven Bruusgaard is a Postdoctoral Fellow (Assistant Professor) of Political Science at the University of Oslo, where she is part of the Oslo Nuclear Project. Her research focuses on nuclear and conventional military strategy, nuclear deterrence and crisis dynamics, the role of information warfare in peace and conflict with an emphasis on Russian strategy and European security. She has previously been a Nuclear Security Postdoctoral Fellow and a Stanton Nuclear Security Predoctoral Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), Stanford University, a Research Fellow at the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies (IFS), a senior security policy analyst in the Norwegian Armed Forces and a sergeant/junior researcher at the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI). She has also worked at the Congressional Research Service in the U.S. Library of Congress, in the Norwegian Delegation to the EU and at NATO HQ. She holds a Ph.D. in Defence Studies from King’s College London, an M.A. in Security Studies from Georgetown University, a B.A. (Hons) in Politics and International Studies from the University of Warwick. She is a certified language officer in the Norwegian Army. Her work has been published in Security Dialogue, Journal of Strategic Studies, Survival, War on the Rocks, Texas National Security Review, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.   


  • Journal of Strategic Studies Amos Perlmutter Prize, 2020
  • Norwegian Defence Research Establishment Publication Prize, 2009
  • Academic Achievement Award, Georgetown University, 2009
  • Dress Sword for Best Cadet, NCO/Language officer training, Norwegian Army 2005
  • Fred Hirsch Award for Academic Excellence, University of Warwick, 2002


  • Affiliate, Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), Stanford University


Tags: International Politics, International Relations, Peace and Conflict Studies, Nuclear Weapons, Russia, NATO, Europe, Norway


Bruusgaard, Kristin Ven (2021), "The Stickiness of Strategy: From Soviet to Russian Nuclear Doctrine" in Nuno Monteiro and Fritz Bartles (Eds.), Before and After the Fall: World Politics and the End of the Cold War (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming)

Bruusgaard, Kristin Ven (2020). Russian Nuclear Strategy and Conventional Inferiority. Journal of Strategic Studies.  ISSN 0140-2390. . doi:

Bruusgaard, Kristin Ven (2020), Atomparaplyen er nødvendig for troverdig sikkerhet, 17 November 

Bruusgaard, Kristin Ven (2020), "Russia killed arms control. Why does it want to save New START?"Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 5 February

Bruusgaard, Kristin Ven and Jackie A. Kerr, (2020) "Old and New Sources of Crisis Instability in the New Information Ecosystem", in Harold A. Trinkunas, Herbert Lin, Benjamin Loehrke (Eds.) Three Tweets to Midnight. Effects of the Global Information Ecosystem on the Risk of Nuclear Conflict, Hoover Institution Press

Bruusgaard, Kristin Ven (2018), "The Russian Rogue in the New Nuclear Posture Review", Policy Roundtable on the Trump Administration Nuclear Posture Review, Texas National Security Review, 13 February

Bruusgaard, Kristin Ven (2017), "The Myth of Russia's Lowered Nuclear Threshold", War on the Rocks, 22. September

Bruusgaard, Kristin Ven (2016), "Russian Strategic Deterrence", Survival, Vol. 58, Issue 4

Bruusgaard, Kristin Ven (2014), "Crimea and Russia's Strategic Overhaul", Parameters, Vol. 44, Issue 3

  • Bruusgaard, Kristin Ven (2020). Russian Nuclear Strategy and Conventional Inferiority. Journal of Strategic Studies. ISSN 0140-2390. doi: 10.1080/01402390.2020.1818070. Full text in Research Archive
  • Bruusgaard, Kristin Ven & Kerr, Jaclyn A. (2020). Crisis Stability and the Impact of the Information Ecosystem. In Trinkunas, Harold; Lin, Herb & Loehrke, Benjamin (Ed.), Three Tweets to Midnight. Effects of the Global Information Ecosystem on the Risks of Nuclear Conflict. Hoover Institution Press. ISSN 978-0-8179-2335-8. p. 137–159.
  • Bruusgaard, Kristin Ven (2018). The Russian Rogue in the New Nuclear Posture Review . Texas National Security Review (TNSR). ISSN 2576-1021.
  • Bruusgaard, Kristin Ven (2016). Russian Strategic Deterrence. Survival (London. 1959). ISSN 0039-6338. 58(4), p. 7–26. doi: 10.1080/00396338.2016.1207945.
  • Bruusgaard, Kristin Ven (2014). Crimea and Russia's Strategic Overhaul. Parameters. ISSN 0031-1723. 44(3), p. 81–90.
  • Åtland, Kristian & Bruusgaard, Kristin Ven (2009). When Security Speech Acts Misfire: Russia and the Elektron Incident. Security Dialogue. ISSN 0967-0106. 40(3), p. 333–353. doi: 10.1177/0967010609336201. Full text in Research Archive

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  • Bruusgaard, Kristin Ven (2020). Atomparaplyen er nødvendig for troverdig sikkerhet. Aftenposten (morgenutg. : trykt utg.). ISSN 0804-3116.
  • Bruusgaard, Kristin Ven (2020). Russlands nye kjernevåpenstrategi. Den norske atlanterhavskomite, Ukens analyse.
  • Bruusgaard, Kristin Ven (2020). Russia killed arms control. Why does it want to save New START? Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. ISSN 0096-3402.
  • Bruusgaard, Kristin Ven & Braut-Hegghammer, Målfrid (2019). Farlig Avtalekollaps. Dagens næringsliv. ISSN 0803-9372.
  • Bruusgaard, Kristin Ven (2019). Should nuclear power be expanded significantly into developing countries? . Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. ISSN 0096-3402.
  • Bruusgaard, Kristin Ven (2018). Deterrence in the High North. Den norske Atlanterhavskomité - internett-tekster. ISSN 1502-5373. 2018(3).
  • Bruusgaard, Kristin Ven (2018). Heres Why U.S. Tactical Nukes are a Bad Idea. The National Interest. ISSN 0884-9382.
  • Bruusgaard, Kristin Ven (2018). Putins wish list does not include destroying Trump. Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. ISSN 0096-3402.
  • Bruusgaard, Kristin Ven (2017). The myth of Russia's lowered nuclear threshold. War on the Rocks.
  • Bruusgaard, Kristin Ven (2016). Er Russland uforutsigbart? Dagens næringsliv. ISSN 0803-9372.
  • Bruusgaard, Kristin Ven (2007). En norsk sikkerhetspolitisk strategi. Minerva (Oslo). ISSN 0805-7842. 42(04), p. 8–14.
  • Bruusgaard, Kristin Ven (2007). Putins Pokerspill. Minerva (nettutgaven).
  • Bruusgaard, Kristin Ven (2019). "Russland som regional utfordrer" i Truslene - Konseptene - Ressursene - Alliansen. Instiutt for Forsvarsstudier. ISSN 1894-4795. 11-12(2019).
  • Bruusgaard, Kristin Ven (2016). Russlands NATO-politikk. Institutt for Forsvarsstudier. ISSN 1894-4795.
  • Bruusgaard, Kristin Ven & Andresen, Rolf-Inge Vogt (2009). Permanent Readiness Units in the Russian Armed Forces. Forsvarets Forskningsinstiuttt.
  • Bruusgaard, Kristin Ven (2007). Peacekeeping and the modernized Russian Armed Forces. Forsvarets Forskningsinstitutt. ISSN 978-82-464-1188-0.
  • Bruusgaard, Kristin Ven (2006). Protecting the energy weapon - New tasks for the Russian armed forces? Forsvarets Forskningsinstitutt. ISSN 978-82-464-1115-6.
  • Bruusgaard, Kristin Ven (2006). Fiskerikonflikter i Barentshavet - Potensial for eskalering? Forsvarets Forskningsinstitutt. Full text in Research Archive

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