Stein Tønnesson

Research Professor Emeritus

Stein Tønnesson
Mobile phone: +47 481 01 292
Twitter: @SteinTonnesson

Research Interests

The East Asian Peace: Leads a six-year program, 2011-16 at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, with funding from Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, to explain that East Asia has been so relatively peaceful since 1979, and gauge the depth of that peace. See:

Democratization and peace in Myanmar: Leads a project with Marte Nilsen (PRIO), Kristine Eck (Uppsala) and Joakim Kreutz (Uppsala), funded  by the Norwegian MFA, 2012-13

Thailand's Missing Peace: Leads a project funded by the Norwegian MFA, in 2012


Work experience:

2022- :

Research Professor Emeritus, PRIO

Leader of East Asia Peace program, Uppsala University
2010-2011: Randolph Jennings Senior Fellow, United States Institute of Peace, Washington, D.C.
2009-2022: Research Professor, PRIO
2001-2009: Director, PRIO
1998-2001: Professor II of Human Development Studies, SUM, University of Oslo
1992-1998: Research professor, Nordic Institute for Asia Studies (NIAS), Copenhagen
1992: Research fellow and co-editor, Journal of Peace Research, PRIO
1988-1991: Doctoral candidate, PRIO
1986-1988: Doctoral candidate, Institute of Defence Studies, Oslo
1983-1986: Employed by Norges Idrettsforbund (Norwegian Sports
Association) to write a history of Norwegian sports
1983: Assistant professor, Department of History, University of Oslo
1981-1982: Student scholarship, PRIO


1992: Dr. philos, University of Oslo (history).
1982: Cand. philol., University of Oslo (French and History).


CV: see

An extensive self-authored essay about Stein Tønnesson was published as part of the 60th Anniversary series PRIO Stories in August 2019.


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Book Chapter

Tønnesson, Stein (2005) Fred mot Terror, in Islamistisk Terrorisme. Oslo: (298–318).

Conference Paper

Tønnesson, Stein (2004) Distinguishing Civil from International War – and Terrorism – in the Southeast Asian State System, presented at Exploring the Boundaries of Civil Wars: Identifying ‘Grey Areas’ and Testing Definitions, PRIO, Oslo, 18–19 August.