Sven Gunnar Simonsen
Independent Analyst and International Reporter

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2009. ’Leaving Security in Safe Hands: Identity, legitimacy and cohesion in the new Afghan and Iraqi armies’. Third World Quarterly 30(8), pp. 1483-1501.

2007. 'Building ‘National’ Armies – Building Nations? Determinants of Success for Post-Intervention Integration Efforts', Armed Forces and Society 33(4): 571–590.


2005. 'Addressing Ethnic Divisions in Post-Conflict Institution-Building: Lessons from Recent Cases', Security Dialogue 36(3): 297–318.



2004. 'Ethnicizing Afghanistan? Inclusion and Exclusion in Post-Bonn Institution-Building', Third World Quarterly 25(4): 707–729.






2009 ’The role of East Timor’s security institutions in national integration – and

disintegration'. The Pacific Review 22(5): 575–596.

2008. 'Identitad desde la violencia: La nueva división este-oeste en Timor Oriental' [Identity After Violence: East Timor's New East-West Divide], Revista Académica de Relaciones Internacionales 4(9): 1–14. 

2008. 'Øst-Timors tilbageslag'  [East Timor's Setbacks], Udenrigs 63(2): 106–108.

2006. 'The Authoritarian Temptation in East Timor: Nationbuilding and the Need for Inclusive Governance', Asian Survey 46(4): 575–596.


2005. 'Språket splittrar Östtimor’ [East Timor’s Divisive Language Politics], Internationella Studier(3): 16–19, hösten.


2005. 'Reconstruyendo tradiciones. Una política lingüística divisoria en Timor Oriental’ [Reconstructing Traditions: East Timor’s Divisive Language Politics], El Fingidor – revista de cultura 6(25): 50–51, June.





2008. Election Observation Report from the Norwegian Observers in the International Election Observation Mission (OSCE/ODIHR) to the Parliamentary Elections in Georgia 21 May 2008 (available on request)



2004. 'Nationbuilding as Peacebuilding: Racing to Define the Kosovar', International Peacekeeping 11(2): 289–311.





2005. 'Between Minority Rights and Civil Liberties: Russia’s Discourse Over “Nationality” Registration and the Internal Passport', Nationalities Papers 33(2): 211–229.


2003. 'Presidenter og demokrater i Russland' [Presidents and Democrats in Russia], Internasjonal Politikk 61(1): 77–91.


2002. 'Pains of Partition. Nationalism, National Identity, and the Military in Post-Soviet Russia'. University of Oslo, Faculty of Social Sciences (Doctoral Dissertation)



2002. 'Russisk nasjonalisme i imperiets aftenstund: Høyre-ideologiske svar på en revolusjonær situasjon’. Nordisk Østforum 4: 397–416.



 2001. 'Marching to a Different Drum? Political orientations and nationalism in Russia's armed forces', Journal of Communist Studies & Transition Politics 17(1): 41–64.


2001. 'Nationalism in the Russian political spectrum: Locating and evaluating the extremes', Journal of Political Ideologies 6(3): 263–288.


2001. 'Compatriot games. Explaining the 'diaspora linkage' in Russia's military withdrawal from the Baltic states', Europe-Asia Studies 53(5): 771–792.


2000. 'You Take Your Oath Only Once - Crimea, the Black Sea Fleet, and National Identity Among Russian Officers', Nationalities Papers 28(2): 289–316.

2000. ‘Putin's Leadership Style: Ethnocentric Patriotism’, Security Dialogue 31(3): 377–380. 

1999. 'Inheriting the Soviet Policy Toolbox: Russia's Dilemma Over Ascriptive Nationality', Europe-Asia Studies 51(6): 1069–87. 

1998. 'Who is Afraid of his Nationality?', CSEES Newsletter (Center for Slavic and East European Studies, University of California at Berkley)(1): 9–12.

1998. 'Rokhlin Enters the Political Fray', Jane's Intelligence Review 10(1): 14–17.

1997. 'The Terek Cossacks: A Loose Cannon in the North Caucasus', War Report: 14.


1997. 'Förnuft och känsla i Ryssland' [NATO Enlargement: Sense and Sensibility in Russia], Internationella Studier(2): 3–8.


1997. 'Rybkin: Yeltsin's Softer Option, Jane's Intelligence Review 9(6): 251–253.


1996. 'Raising 'The Russian Question': Ethnicity and Statehood Russkie and Rossiya'  Nationalism and Ethnic Politics 2(1): 91–110.


1996. 'Aleksandr Barkashov and Russian National Unity: Blackshirt Friends of the Nation’, Nationalities Papers 24(4).


1996. 'Russia's Northern Fleet in Heavy Sea', Slavic Military Studies 8(4).


1995. 'Genosse Konsens. Porträt des russischen Duma-Präsidenten Iwan P. Rybkin' [’Comrade Consensus: A Portrait of the Russian Duma Speaker, Ivan P. Rybkin], Osteuropa 45(12): 1144–1154.



1995. 'Going His Own Way. A Profile of Gen. Aleksandr Lebed', Journal of Slavic Military Studies 8(3): 528–546.


1995. 'Gennadiy Zyuganov: Leading the Communists Through the '90s', Transition 1(12): 60–64.



1995. 'Mangesidig opposisjon mobiliserer mot Jeltsin' [Multi-faceted Opposition Mobilising Against Yeltsin], Internasjonal Politikk 53(4): 483–499.

1996. Politics and Personalities: Key Actors in the Russian Opposition. Oslo: PRIO.






1997. Conflicts in the OSCE Area. Edited By S. G. Simonsen. Oslo: PRIO. A collection of 19 survey articles; contributions on Chechnya, Tajikistan and Belarus written by SGS.



1999. 'Mangfold og meritokrati. USAs smertefulle debatt om ‘affirmative action’ [Diversity and Meritocracy. The United States’ Painful Debate Over Affirmative Action]. Tidens Tegn, no. 4, 1999: 25-29 (also published in Internationella Studier(3): 39–48.

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Forces and Society 33(4): 571–590.

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