I am Senior Research Fellow at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) in Oslo, Norway, where I am part of the Research Group on Global Order and Diplomacy. I have a PhD (2014) and MA (2005) in political science from the University of Oslo.
An International Relations scholar, my research has revolved around international security dynamics, diplomacy, and practices of cooperation and friendship, with a geographical focus on the Euro-Atlantic region, NATO, the EU, Britain and the Nordic states. My academic articles have appeared in, inter alia, European Journal of International Relations, Cooperation and Conflict, The Hague Journal of Diplomacy, Journal of European Integration, Politics and Governance, Global Affairs. I have also published a number of articles in Scandinavian-langugage academic journals.
My first solo-authored book, Special Relationships in World Politics: Inter-state Friendship and Diplomacy after the Second World War, was published in Routledge’s New International Relations series in 2018 (Paperback in 2020). The book discussed ‘special relationship’ as an analytical and practical category, and explored how US-UK and UK-Norway friendship ties were constructed through domestic representations and diplomatic practices of recognition and trust after 1945.
I am the co-editor of two volumes, one on Kinship in International Relations (with Iver B. Neumann) and Det glemte partnerskapet (The forgotten partnership, with Øivind Bratberg). I have co-edited a special issue in Global Affairs (with Pernille Rieker) and two special issues in Internasjonal Politikk.
Between 2012 and 2016, I was the co-editor of the Scandinavian-language IR journal Internasjonal Politikk (with Julie Wilhelmsen).
Since August 2020, I have been a Series Editor for Springer Frontiers in International Relations, together with Maren Hofius, Elke Schwarz and Benjamin Tallis. I also serve on the International Advisory Board of The Hague Journal of Diplomacy.
Contact: kmh (at) nupi.no