Stein Tønnesson

Research Professor

Stein Tønnesson
Work phone: +47 225 47 731
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:

2011-2016: Leader of East Asia Peace program, Uppsala University
2010-2011: Randolph Jennings Senior Fellow, United States Institute of Peace, Washington, D.C.
2009-: 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).


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All Publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Tønnesson, Stein & Pavel K. Baev (2017) Stress-Test for Chinese Restraint: China Evaluates Russia’s Use of Force, Strategic Analysis 41(2): 139–151.
Baev, Pavel K. & Stein Tønnesson (2017) The Troubled Russia–China Partnership as a Challenge to the East Asian Peace, Fudan Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences. DOI: 10.1007/s40647-017-0166-y: 1–17.
Tønnesson, Stein (2016) Will Nationalism Drive Conflict in Asia?, Nations and Nationalism 22(2): 232–242.
Baev, Pavel K. & Stein Tønnesson (2015) Can Russia keep its special ties with Vietnam while moving closer and closer to China?, International Area Studies Review 18(3): 312–325.
Tønnesson, Stein (2015) Deterrence, interdependence and Sino-US Peace, International Area Studies Review 18(3): 297–311.
Tønnesson, Stein (2015) The South China Sea: Law Trumps Power, Asian Survey 55(3): 455–477.
Tønnesson, Stein & Elin Bjarnegård (2015) Why So Much Conflict in Thailand?, Thammasat Review 18(1): 132–161.
Song, Yann-Huei & Stein Tønnesson (2013) The Impact of the Law of the Sea Convention on Conflict and Conflict Management in the South China Sea, Ocean Development and International Law 44(3): 235–269.
Tønnesson, Stein (2012) Active Citation through Hyperlinks: The Retarded Replication Revolution, International Area Studies Review 15(1): 83–90.
Tønnesson, Stein (2012) Historiske Anfektelser [Historical Doubts], Norsk Antropologisk Tidsskrift 23(1): 48–54.
Tønnesson, Stein (2009) What Is It that Best Explains the East Asian Peace Since 1979? A Call for a Research Agenda, Asian Perspective 33(1): 111–136.
Tønnesson, Stein (2009) The Class Route to Nationhood: China, Vietnam, Norway, Cyprus - and France, Nations and Nationalism 15(3): 375–395.
Tønnesson, Stein (2007) The Case for a Proactive Indian and Chinese Approach to Climate Change and Energy Security, Strategic Analysis 31(3): 417–445.
Tønnesson, Stein (2006) The South China Sea in the Age of European Decline, Modern Asian Studies 40(1): 1–57.
Tønnesson, Stein (2004) The Imperial Temptation, Security Dialogue 35(3): 329–343.
Tønnesson, Stein (2003) Sino-Vietnamese Rapprochement and the South China Sea Irritant, Security Dialogue 34(1): 55–70.
Tønnesson, Stein (2003) The Norwegian Church Aid in Vietnam.
Tønnesson, Stein (2003) Sino-Vietnamese Rapprochement and the South China Sea Irritant, Security Dialogue 34(1): 55–70.
Tønnesson, Stein (2002) Why are the Disputes in the South China Sea So Intractable? A Historical Approach’, Asian Journal of Social Science 30(3): 570–601.
Tønnesson, Stein (2002) A ‘Global Civil War’?, Security Dialogue 33(3).
Tønnesson, Stein (2002) The Paracels: The 'Other' South China Sea Dispute, Asian Perspective 26(4): 145–169.
Tønnesson, Stein (2001) Introduction to The South China Sea Islands and the Code of Conduct, Ocean Development and International Law (special issue) 32(2): 91–211.
Tønnesson, Stein (2000) China and the South China Sea: A Peace Proposal, Security Dialogue 31(3): 307–326.
Tønnesson, Stein (1999) Can Conflicts Be Solved by Shelving Disputes? A Rejoinder, Security Dialogue 30(2): 179–182.
Tønnesson, Stein (1985) The Longest Wars: Indochina 1945-1975, Journal of Peace Research 22(1): 9–29.


Tønnesson, Stein (2017) Explaining the East Asian Peace: A Research Story. Copenhagen: NIAS Press. Asia Insights.
Tønnesson, Stein (2016) Den östasiatiska freden [The East Asian Peace]. Stockholm: Makadam. RJ:s skriftserie.
Tønnesson, Stein (2013) VIỆT NAM 1946: CHIẾN TRANH BẮT ĐẦU NHƯ THẾ NÀO? [Vietnam 1946: How the War Began]. Hanoi: Nhà Xuất Bản Chính Trị Quốc Gia - Sự Thật.
Tønnesson, Stein (2009) Vietnam 1946: How the War Began. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press. From Indochina to Vietnam: Revolution and War in a Global Perspective.

Book Chapter

Tønnesson, Stein (2017) Japan's Article 9 in the East Asian Peace, in Kevin P. Clements, ed., Identity, Trust, and Reconciliation in East Asia: Dealing with Painful History to Create a Peaceful Pressent. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave macmillan (Springer International Publishing) (251–270).
Tønnesson, Stein (2017) Peace by Development, in Bjarnegård, Elin; & Joakim Kreutz, eds, Debating the East Asian Peace: What it is. How it came about. Will it last?. Copenhagen: NIAS Press (55–77).
Bjarnegård, Elin; Kristine Eck; Holly Guthrey; Joakim Kreutz; Erik Melander; Isak Svensson & Stein Tønnesson (2017) The East Asian Peace: Will it Last?, in Bjarnegård, Elin; & Joakim Kreutz, eds, Debating the East Asian Peace: What it is. How it came about. Will it last?. Copenhagen: NIAS Press (281–296).
Tønnesson, Stein (2016) The Tonkin Gulf Agreements: a model of conflict resolution?, in Jenner, C. J.; & Trong Thuy Tran, eds, The South China Sea: a Crucible of Regional Cooperation or Conflict-Making Sovereignty Claims?. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (151–170).
Tønnesson, Stein (2016) UN Compulsory Arbitration: a Tough Test for China, in Sense and sensibility – Addressing the South China Sea disputes. Brussels: EU Institute of Security Studies (25–30).
Tønnesson, Stein (2015) The 2002 Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea: Why Has It Not Brought More Peace and Cooperation?, in Le, Thuy Trang; & Trong Thuy Tran, eds, Power, Law, and Maritime Order In the South China Sea. Lanham: Lexington Books (91–100).
Tønnesson, Stein (2014) Could China and Vietnam Resolve the Conflicts in the South China Sea?, in Song, Yann-huei; & Keyuan Zou, eds, Major Law and Policy Issues In the South China Sea: European and American Perspectives. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate (207–233).
Tønnesson, Stein (2014) China's national interests and the law of the sea: are they reconcilable?, in Wu, Shicun; & Hong Nong, eds, Recent Developments In the South China Sea Dispute: the Prospect of a Joint Development Regime. London: Routledge (199–227).
Tønnesson, Stein (2013) War and Peace Between Nations, 1945–2010, in Norman Owen, ed., The Routledge Handbook of Southeast Asian History. London: Routledge (96–107).
Tønnesson, Stein & Kristian Berg Harpviken (2013) Forord [Preface], in Gene Sharp, ed., Fra diktatur til demokrati. Oslo: Arneberg Forlag.
Tønnesson, Stein (2013) Fra krig til fred i Øst-Asia [From war to peace in East-Asia], in Waage, Hilde Henriksen; Rolf Tamnes; & Hanne Hagtvedt Vik, eds, Krig og fred i det lange 20. århundre. Oslo: Cappelen Damm Akademisk.
Tønnesson, Stein (2010) Sørøst-Asias demokratihåp [Southeast Asian's Hope of Democracy], in Morgenbladet. .
Tønnesson, Stein(2009) Energy Security and Climate Change: The Potential Role of China and India Political Economy of Energy In Europe. : (237–270).
Tønnesson, Stein (2008) Hva er nytt i krig? [What's New in War?], in Skjeie, Hege; Inger Skjelsbæk; & Torunn L. Tryggestad, eds, Kjønn, krig, konflikt. Oslo: PAX (127–137).
Tønnesson, Stein (2008) Hva er nytt i krig?, in Kjønn, krig og konflikt. Oslo, Norway: .
Tønnesson, Stein (2008) An International History of the Dispute in the South China Sea, in Geoff Wade, ed., China and Southeast Asia: Volume 6: the People’s Republic of China and Southeast Asia. Abingdon: Routledge (337–362).
Tønnesson, Stein (2007) Olje gir makt [Oil Makes Power], in Morgenbladet. .
Tønnesson, Stein (2007) Olje gir makt [Oils gives power], in Morgenbladet. Oslo: .
Tønnesson, Stein (2007) Franklin Roosevelt, Trusteeship, and Indochina: A Reassessment, in The First Vietnam War: Colonial Conflict and Cold War Crisis. Cambridge, MA: (56–73).
Tønnesson, Stein (2006) Le Duan and the Break with China: Introduction to a Document Translated by Christopher E. Goscha, in Behind the Bamboo Curtain. China, Vietnam, and the World Beyond Asia. (453–467).
Tønnesson, Stein (2006) Comment: Strategic Deficits in Peace Building and Conflict Prevention, in Security and Development: Investing in Peace and Prosperity. Milton Park: (269–276).
Goscha, Christopher E. & Stein Tønnesson (2006) Le Duan and the Break with China, in Behind the Bamboo Curtain: China, Vietnam, and the World beyond Asia. Chicago, IL: (453–486).
Tønnesson, Stein (2005) Locating the South China Sea, in Locating Southeast Asia: Geographies of Knowledge & Politics of Space. Singapore: (203–233).
Tønnesson, Stein (2005) Fred mot Terror, in Islamistisk Terrorisme. Oslo: (298–318).
Tønnesson, Stein (2005) Forord [Foreword], in En frelser, en prest og en satan. Oslo: (9–15).
Tønnesson, Stein (2004) National Divisions in Indochina's Decolonization, in Decolonization: Perspectives from Now and Then (Rewriting Histories). London: (253–277).
Tønnesson, Stein (2004) Globalising National States, in History and National Destiny: Ethnosymbolism and its Critics. Oxford: (179–194).
Tønnesson, Stein (2004) Marine vietnamienne et défense de l'espace maritime [The Vietnamese Navy and the Defence of Maritime Space], in Naissance d'un État-Parti: Le Viêt Nam depuis 1945. Paris : (383–413).
Tønnesson, Stein (2002) Les pays nordiques et l'Asie, in Asies Nouvelles. Paris: (428–431).
Tønnesson, Stein (2002) A History of the Dispute, in War or Peace in the South China Sea. Copenhagen: (6–23).
Tønnesson, Stein (2002) The Economic Dimension, in War or Peace in the South China Sea. Copenhagen: (54–61).
Kivimäki, Timo; Stein Tønnesson & Liselotte Odgaard (2002) What Could Be Done?, in War or Peace in the South China Sea. Copenhagen: (131–164).
Tønnesson, Stein (2002) A 'Global Civil War'?, in The Consequences of September 11. Stockholm: (103–111).
Tønnesson, Stein (2002) Hanoi's Long Century, in A Companion to the Vietnam War. London: Blackwell (1–16).
Tønnesson, Stein (2001) Vietnam in the Asian Crisis, in Globalization and Third World Socialism. London: .
Tønnesson, Stein (2001) Ho Chi minh va bao ""Viet Nam Doc Lap"" 1941-1942 [Ho Chi Minh and the newspaper ""Independent Vietnam"" 1941-1942], in Ho Chi Minh hon dan toc [Ho Chi Minh Soul of the Nation]. Hanoi: .

Non-refereed Journal Article

Tønnesson, Stein (2015) Explaining East Asia's Developmental Peace: The Dividends of Economic Growth, Global Asia 10(4): 10–15.
Tønnesson, Stein (2011) Blodige konflikter i Thailand [Bloody Conflicts in Thailand], Hvor hender det? 7(1).
Tønnesson, Stein (2010) China's Changing Role in the South China Sea: Reflections on a Scholars' Workshop, Harvard Asia Quarterly 12(4): 18–30.
Tønnesson, Stein (2010) Storm over Korea [Storm in Korea], Hvor hender det? 15(1).
Tønnesson, Stein (2008) Asia in a Nordic Nutshell, NIASnytt 2008(2): 34–35.
Tønnesson, Stein (2004) Globalising National States, Nations and Nationalism 10: 179–194.
Tønnesson, Stein (2004) Comment on Ken Menkhaus's Paper: Stategic Deficits in Peace Building and Conflict Prevention, Conflict, Security & Development 4(3): 465–472.

Popular Article

Tønnesson, Stein (2017) Et europeisk dilemma [A European Dilemma], Morgenbladet, 17 November.
Tønnesson, Stein (2017) Can the East Asian Peace Survive?, Policy Brief, 2 May.
Tønnesson, Stein (2017) Is China helping Trump, or is Trump helping China?, PRIO Blogs, 25 April.
Tønnesson, Stein (2017) Trump and Threats to Truth, Democracy and Peace, PRIO Blogs, 21 March.
Hegghammer, Thomas; Thomas Hylland Eriksen & Stein Tønnesson (2016) EU-forskning koster Norge dyrt [EU research is expensive for Norway], Aftenposten, 25 May.
Tønnesson, Stein (2013) Steps Forward for China to Resolve its Disputes in the South China Sea, Global Asia, 20 June.
Tønnesson, Stein (2011) USA mot Kina i Sørkinahavet [The USA Against China in the South China Sea], Morgenbladet, 9 December.
Tønnesson, Stein (2011) Når Kinaboblen brister [When the China Bubble Bursts], Morgenbladet, 11 November.
Tønnesson, Stein (2011) Krig og fred i Kinas nærområde [War and Peace around China], Forsvarets forum, 11 November.
Tønnesson, Stein (2011) Jagland-paradokset [The Jagland Paradox], Dagens Næringsliv, 19 October.
Tønnesson, Stein (2011) Kinesisk demokrati [Chinese Democracy], Morgenbladet, 7 October.
Tønnesson, Stein (2011) Hvem kan lede kloden? [Who Can Lead the Globe?], Morgenbladet, 2 September.
Tønnesson, Stein (2011) Frihetens datter fra Sogn [Liberty's Daughter from Sogn], Morgenbladet, 22 July.
Tønnesson, Stein (2011) How to Calm the South China Sea Storm, My Paper (Singapore), 27 June.
Tønnesson, Stein (2011) Står klare etter menns svik [Stand Rdady When Men Fail], Morgenbladet, 10 June.
Tønnesson, Stein (2011) Burma vil inn i det gode selskap [Burma Wants to Join the World], Morgenbladet, 29 April.
Tønnesson, Stein (2011) Risiko for opprør i Asia [Risk of Revolt in Asia], Morgenbladet, 4 March.
Tønnesson, Stein (2011) Fra folkekrig til folkemakt [From People's War to People Power], Morgenbladet, 11 February.
Tønnesson, Stein (2011) Da Hu og Obama ble likemenn [When Hu and Obama Became Equals], Morgenbladet, 28 January.
Tønnesson, Stein (2011) Obama mot sentrum [Obama Moving Towards the Centre], Morgenbladet, 7 January.
Tønnesson, Stein (2010) Kim Jong-il tør ikke [Kim Jong-il Doesn’t Dare], Morgenbladet, 2 December.
Tønnesson, Stein (2010) Såre fingre av sensur [Sore Fingers From Censoring], Morgenbladet, 15 October.
Tønnesson, Stein (2010) Skarp Satiriker [Sharp Satire], Morgenbladet, 15 October.
Tønnesson, Stein (2010) Hvor går Kina? [Where Is China Heading?]8 October.
Tønnesson, Stein (2010) Farlig kinesisk spill [Risky Chinese Game], Morgenbladet, 1 October.
Tønnesson, Stein (2010) Langt igjen til gjenforent Korea [Long Before Korea Will Be United], Morgenbladet, 20 August.
Tønnesson, Stein (2010) Rødt mot gult i Asia [Red Versus Yellow in Asia], Morgenbladet, 16 July.
Tønnesson, Stein (2010) Fredsskapende grenser [Peace Making Borders], Morgenbladet, 7 May.
Tønnesson, Stein (2010) 'Luu Doan Huynh (1929-2010)', obituary, Vietnam Studies Group, 23 February.
Tønnesson, Stein (2010) Forskere bekymrer seg for Kina [Researchers are Concerned About China], Morgenbladet, 22 January.
Tønnesson, Stein (2010) Kina gir lite ved dørene [China Does Not Concede Much], Morgenbladet, 22 January.
Tønnesson, Stein (2009) God tale på feil sted [Good Speech in Wrong Place], Morgenbladet, 25 December.
Tønnesson, Stein (2009) God tale på feil sted [Good Speech in the Wrong Place], Morgenbladet, 24 December.
Tønnesson, Stein (2009) Peace for Asia, Asia Insights, 1 December.
Tønnesson, Stein (2009) Tretti år med fred [Thirty Years with Peace], Kina & Vi, 1 October.
Tønnesson, Stein (2009) Fred tross alt i Ukraina [Peace in Spite of Everything in Ukraine], Morgenbladet, 18 September.
Tønnesson, Stein (2009) Tretti år med fred [Thirty Years of Peace], Kina & Vi, 10 September.
Tønnesson, Stein (2009) Iran og Nord-Koreas gode fiende [Iran and North Korea's Good Enemy], Morgenbladet, 7 August.
Tønnesson, Stein (2009) Norske interesser og verdier [Norwegian interests and values ], Morgenbladet, 17 April.
Tønnesson, Stein; Bernt Aardal & Kristian Berg Harpviken (2009) Rekruttering med mål, Aftenposten, 23 March.
Tønnesson, Stein (2009) Vinnere og tapere i krisen [Winners and Losers in the Crisis], Morgenbladet, 13 March.
Tønnesson, Stein (2009) Intet selvmord på PRIO [No Suicide at PRIO], Aftenposten, 20 February.
Tønnesson, Stein (2009) Må sikre fri forskning [Necessary to Secure Free Research], Aftenposten, 1 February.
Tønnesson, Stein (2009) Kinesisk hukommelse og glemsel [Chinese Memory and Forgetfulness], Morgenbladet, 15 January.
Tønnesson, Stein (2008) Fredsavtale som inspirerer [Inspiring Peace Agreement], Morgenbladet, 27 November.
Tønnesson, Stein (2008) Thailands demokratiske dilemma [Thailand's Democratic Dilemma], Morgenbladet, 15 November.
Tønnesson, Stein (2008) Om å gjette feil fredspris [About Making Wrong Peace Prize Predictions], Morgenbladet, 17 October.
Tønnesson, Stein (2008) Hva Krimkrigen har å lære oss [Lessons of The Crimean War], Morgenbladet, 12 September.
Tønnesson, Stein (2008) India er ikke som Kina [India is not like China], Morgenbladet, 8 August.
Tønnesson, Stein (2008) Indisk optimisme - tross alt [Indian Optimism - in spite of everything], Morgenbladet, 4 July.
Tønnesson, Stein (2008) Mindre terror i verden [Less terror in the world], Morgenbladet, 30 May.
Tønnesson, Stein (2008) Kinas såre fred [China's Sore Peace], Morgenbladet, 25 April.
Tønnesson, Stein (2008) Kypros-løsning i sikte [Cyprus Solution in View], Morgenbladet, 14 March.
Tønnesson, Stein (2008) Tragedien George Walker [The Tragedy George Walker], Morgenbladet, 14 February.
Tønnesson, Stein (2007) Hva er nytt i krig? [What's New in War?], Morgenbladet, 22 August.
Tønnesson, Stein (2007) Hvem eller hva truer USA? [Who or What threatens the USA], Morgenbladet, 24 July.
Tønnesson, Stein (2007) Global fredsindeks [Global Peace Index], Morgenbladet, 13 June.
Tønnesson, Stein (2007) Iran graver sin egen grav [Iran Digs Its Own Grave], Morgenbladet, 7 June.
Tønnesson, Stein (2007) Kinas harmoniske verden [China's Harmonious World], Morgenbladet, 30 March.
Tønnesson, Stein (2007) Kinas økende makt [China's Increasing Power], Morgenbladet, 27 March.
Tønnesson, Stein (2007) Rettferd er ikke alltid rett [Justice is Not Always Right], Morgenbladet, 27 February.
Tønnesson, Stein (2007) Afghanistan kan bli NATOs grav [Afghanistan may become NATO’s grave], Morgenbladet, 19 February.
Tønnesson, Stein (2007) Hvorfor ikke mer terror mot USA? [Why Not More Terror against the USA?], Morgenbladet, 19 January.
Tønnesson, Stein (2006) Miljøbillioner må bevilges, Morgenbladet, 22 December.
Tønnesson, Stein (2006) Fredelig statistikk [Peaceful Statistics], Morgenbladet, 29 November.
Tønnesson, Stein (2006) Historiske fredsforsøk [Historical Peace Making], Morgenbladet, 29 November.
Tønnesson, Stein (2006) Hva gjør Kina i midøsten? [What is China doing in the Middle East?], Morgenbladet, 20 November.
Tønnesson, Stein (2006) Fredelig statistikk [Peaceful Statistics], Morgenbladet, 25 October.
Tønnesson, Stein (2006) Farlig hybris [Dangerous Hubris], Morgenbladet, 22 September.
Tønnesson, Stein (2006) Asias maktunderskudd [Asia's Power Deficit], Morgenbladet, 20 July.
Tønnesson, Stein (2006) Barnesoldater [Child Soldiers], Morgenbladet, 9 June.
Tønnesson, Stein (2006) Rikdommen bak hjørnet [Prosperity Around the Corner], Morgenbladet, 11 May.
Tønnesson, Stein (2006) Fredens kvinner [Women of Peace], Morgenbladet, 24 March.
Tønnesson, Stein (2006) Vi som trenger Amerika [We who need America], Morgenbladet, 16 February.
Tønnesson, Stein (2006) Kvinner, vann og kornpris [Women, Water and Grain Price], Morgenbladet, 31 January.
Tønnesson, Stein (2006) Vietnamfreden [The Vietnam Peace], Morgenbladet, 12 January.
Tønnesson, Stein (2006) Energisikkerhetens globalpolitikk [The Politics of Energy Security], Statoil magasin, 11 January.
Tønnesson, Stein (2005) Splittede samfunn [Divided Societies], Morgenbladet, 29 November.
Tønnesson, Stein (2005) Fred og olje [Peace & Oil], Morgenbladet, 29 November.
Tønnesson, Stein (2005) En norsk tenker med verdensry [A Norwegian Thinker of World Renown], Aftenposten, 25 June.
Tønnesson, Stein (2005) Med Gud til hjelp [With God's Help], Dagbladet, 18 May.
Tønnesson, Stein (2005) Kampen om doktorene [The Battle for the Doctors], Dagbladet, 3 April.
Tønnesson, Stein (2005) Statens globalisering [The State's Globalisation], Dagbladet, 14 March.
Tønnesson, Stein (2004) Afrika fortjener fredsprisen [Africa Deserves the Peace Prize], Dagbladet, 28 October.
Tønnesson, Stein (2004) Kina og fascismen [China and Fascism], Dagbladet, 19 July.
Tønnesson, Stein (2003) Kan FN tøyle Blair og Bush? [Can the UN Tether Blair and Bush?], Dagsavisen, 31 December.
Tønnesson, Stein (2002) Global Borgerkrig? [Global Civil War?], Aftenposten, 28 June.

PRIO Report

Tønnesson, Stein; Øystein Noreng; Are Hovdenak; & Hilde Henriksen Waage (2005) Regime Stability in the Middle East, PRIO Report, 3. Oslo: PRIO.
Tønnesson, Stein (1984) Outbreak of War in Indochina 1946, PRIO Report, 3. Oslo: PRIO.

Conference Paper

Tønnesson, Stein (2009) The 'Vietnam Peace' - How Priorities in Vietnam's Internal and External Policies Changed after 1987, presented at 50th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association, New York, NY, 15–18 February.
Tønnesson, Stein (2008) How Historians May Explain the 'East Asian Peace', presented at 49th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association, San Francisco, CA, 26–29 March.
Tønnesson, Stein (2006) Closing Speech, presented at Second Annual Conference of the PRIO Cyprus Centre, Nicosia, Cyprus, 22 November.
Tønnesson, Stein (2006) Welcoming Address, presented at International Workshop Integrating Small Arms Measures into Development Programmes30 November – 1 December.
Tønnesson, Stein (2004) The Sources and Regions of Crisis in South and East Asia, presented at Examination of the Regions of Crisis from the Perspectives of Turkey, NATO and the European Union, and their Impact on the Security of Turkey, Istanbul, 27–28 May.
Tønnesson, Stein (2004) Energy in a Peace Perspective, presented at 32nd CPMR [Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions of Europe] General Assembly, Stavanger, 23 September.
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.
Tønnesson, Stein (2003) Krigen mellom USA og Al Qaida i Midtøsten [The War between the USA and Al Qaida in the Middle East], presented at PETROPOL Conference on En oljeverden mellom terror og enevelde?, Oslo, 25 June.
Tønnesson, Stein 2003 Present World Politics and Global Peace, presented at 2nd Humanity Conference, EarthHuman Peace Forum, , 1–3 March.
Tønnesson, Stein (2002) Regionalism and Security in East Asia: Stability or Calm Before the Storm?, presented at NORASIA II, Trondheim, 30 August.
Tønnesson, Stein (2002) The Al-Qaeda–US Conflict: a ‘Global Civil War’?, presented at COST Conference, Copenhagen, 5 September.
Tønnesson, Stein (2001) Sino-Vietnamese relations and the South China Sea, presented at the South China Sea panel of the Third EUROSEAS conference, London, 6 September.
Tønnesson, Stein (2001) Locating the South China Sea, presented at the workshop ‘Locating Southeast Asia: Genealogies, concepts, comparisons and prospects’, Amsterdam, 29–31 March.
Antlöv, Hans & Stein Tønnesson (2001) Why Federalism failed in Indonesia and Indochina, but triumphed in Malaya, 1945-50, presented at the workshop ‘Decolonization and Transformation in Southeast Asia’, Singapore, 19–21 February.
Tønnesson, Stein (2001) The Paracels: The other South China Sea dispute, presented at the International Studies Association (ISA) Hong Kong Convention, Hong Kong, 26–28 July.
Tønnesson, Stein 2001 Marine vietnamienne et défense de l’espace maritime, presented at the conference ‘Vietnam depuis 1945’, , 11–12 January.

PRIO Policy Brief

Tønnesson, Stein & Marte Nilsen (2018) Still a Chance for Peace in Myanmar?, PRIO Policy Brief, 2. Oslo: PRIO.
Nilsen , Marte & Stein Tønnesson (2016) A New Era for Myanmar – Trouble Ahead for Ethnic Minorities, PRIO Policy Brief, 5. Oslo: PRIO.
Nilsen , Marte & Stein Tønnesson (2016) A New Era for Myanmar – Trouble Ahead for Ethnic Minorities (Burmese Version), PRIO Policy Brief, 5. Oslo: PRIO.
Tønnesson, Stein (2015) ASEAN’s Rohingya Challenge, PRIO Policy Brief, 9. Oslo: PRIO.
Nilsen , Marte & Stein Tønnesson (2014) Myanmar’s National Census – Helping or ​Disrupting Peace?, PRIO Policy Brief, 1. Oslo: PRIO.
Nilsen , Marte & Stein Tønnesson (2014) High Risk of Electoral Violence in Myanmar, PRIO Policy Brief, 6. Oslo: PRIO.
Nilsen , Marte & Stein Tønnesson (2014) High Risk of Electoral Violence in Myanmar (BURMESE version), PRIO Policy Brief, 6. Oslo: PRIO.
Nilsen , Marte & Stein Tønnesson (2013) Political Parties and Peacebuilding in Myanmar, PRIO Policy Brief, 5. Oslo: PRIO.
Nilsen , Marte & Stein Tønnesson (2012) Can Myanmar’s 2008 Constitution Be Made To Satisfy Ethnic Aspirations?, PRIO Policy Brief, 11. Oslo: PRIO.

Report - Other

Kolås, Åshild; & Stein Tønnesson (2006) Burma and Its Neighbours: The Geopolitics of Gas, Austral Policy Forum. Melbourne.
Tønnesson, Stein (2006) Security: Possibilities for Norwegian Stakeholders, Comments on introduction by Clément Williamson, Project officer, European Commission, DG Enterprise and Industry. Conference on Theme 10, Security, of the European Seventh Framework Programme.
Tønnesson, Stein; & Åshild Kolås (2006) Energy Security in Asia: China, India, Oil and Peace, Report to the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Oslo: PRIO.

Report - External Series

Tønnesson, Stein (2017) Etnisk rensing i Myanmar [Ethnic cleansing in Myanmar], Hvor Hender Det?, 21. Oslo: Norsk Utenrikspolitisk Institutt (NUPI).

Book Review

Tønnesson, Stein (2013) Review of Raine, Sarah; & Christian Le Mière , eds, Regional Disorder: The South China Sea Disputes, in Global Asia 8(2): 110–112.
Raine, Sarah & Christian Le Mière (2013) Review of Stein Tønnesson, ed., Regional Disorder: The South China Sea Disputes, in Global Asia 8(2): 110–112.
Tønnesson, Stein (2011) Review of R. B. Cribb, ed., A One-Man Atlas for the Digital World .
Tønnesson, Stein (2011) Review of Anthony Reid, ed., Imperial Alchemy .
Tønnesson, Stein (2006) Review of Superpower Stuggles: Mighty America, Faltering Europe, Rising Asia, in The International History Review 28(3): 684–.
Tønnesson, Stein (2004) Review of The Shield of Achilles. War, Peace and the Course of History, in Arr: Idéhistorisk tidsskrift 111–114.
Tønnesson, Stein (2001) Review of Translating Foreign Ideas into Domestic Practices. Pharmaceutical Policies in Laos and Vietnam, in Statsvetenskaplig Tidskrift 104(4): 390–393.
Tønnesson, Stein (2001) Review of Translating Foreign Ideas into Domestic Practices. Pharmaceutical Policies in Laos and Vietnam, in Statsvetenskaplig tidskrift 4(104): 390–393.

Blog Posts

Can Moon Jae-In Remove the Stumbling Blocks to Peace in Korea?

Posted by Stein Tønnesson on Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Donald Trump is the unknown factor in the South Korean president’s peace diplomacy. Friday 27 April 2018 was a new historic day for Korea. Even before he had completed the first year of his five-year term as president of South Korea, the 65-year-old human rights lawyer Moon Jae-in succeeded in holding ... Read more »

From Failure to Victory - 50 Years since the Tet Offensive

Posted by Stein Tønnesson on Tuesday, 30 January 2018

The Vietnam War remains the deadliest war the world has seen since 1945. The Tet offensive was a turning point. For the US, it took away the belief that victory was possible. All that was left was to find a way out. Fifty years ago, in the middle of the ... Read more »

Why a War with North Korea Is Unlikely

Posted by Stein Tønnesson on Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Here are three scenarios for the North Korean crisis: The recent flurry of threats between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump has caused much consternation. Threats can indeed be dangerous but only when they are followed up by hostile action. The latest important developments in this crisis have been North Korea’s ... Read more »

Can the East Asian Peace Survive?

Posted by Stein Tønnesson on Thursday, 11 May 2017

Uncertainty concerning President Donald Trump’s China and North Korea policies have instilled new fears of war in East Asia, a region that has enjoyed a surprising level of peace for almost four decades. Yet, if China treats Trump with care, the region may remain peaceful. The text in this post ... Read more »

Is China helping Trump, or is Trump helping China?

Posted by Stein Tønnesson on Tuesday, 25 April 2017

When Chinese president Xi Jinping met US president Donald Trump in Florida on 6–7 April, Xi convinced his host that it is not easy to exert influence on North Korea, but apparently promised to help the United States to the best of his ability. In practice, it may be Trump who helps ... Read more »

East Asian Peace: Telling Japan to be Proud

Posted by Stein Tønnesson on Wednesday, 19 April 2017

To a Tokyo audience of Japanese peace practitioners, academics, journalists and diplomats, I recently chose to address the Japanese as East Asians. I had three important messages to convey: You East Asians have a Peace to Defend The East Asian Peace is at Risk Please overcome your differences and aim for ... Read more »

Trump and Threats to Truth, Democracy and Peace

Posted by Stein Tønnesson on Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Stein Tønnesson delivered this year’s The Fjord Memorial Lecture  at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, Lillehammer. The lecture discusses Trump’s team of advisors, calls for fighting the increasing use of lies in political campaigning, sees Trump’s election as having weakened democracy worldwide, and perceives a major risk to world ... Read more »

Myanmar's Ethnic Minorities Marginalized More

Posted by Marte Nilsen & Stein Tønnesson on Wednesday, 13 April 2016

For the first time in over half a century, Myanmar has a government with a popular mandate, led by the National League for Democracy (NLD). Although the Myanmar armed forces still have extensive political powers under the 2008 constitution, and may seriously curtail the independent action of the new government, ... Read more »

In Defence of the Reviled 20th century

Posted by Håvard Strand & Stein Tønnesson on Wednesday, 30 December 2015

The century of peace. The 20th century laid the foundations for what could make our century a century of peace. The 20th century is often referred to as the bloodiest in human history. Towards the end of that century, the historians Eric Hobsbawm, Gabriel Kolko and Niall Ferguson published general ... Read more »

World War II Becomes a Chinese War

Posted by Stein Tønnesson on Thursday, 3 September 2015

70 years ago, Japan signed an agreement of formal surrender on an American warship in Tokyo Bay. The anniversary of this event will be marked in Beijing today, September 3rd by a massive military parade in which Chinese and Russian soldiers march together. President Xi Jinping’s most important guest during ... Read more »

14 March 1988: East Asia's Last Interstate Battle

Posted by Stein Tønnesson on Friday, 24 July 2015

Since the Sino-Vietnamese war of 1979 – a period of 36 years – there has not been one single war between states in the whole of East Asia, a region comprising one third of mankind, and which was ravaged by some of the word’s worst wars from the 1840s to ... Read more »

ASEAN’s Rohingya Challenge: Can ASEAN fail to act and yet be a Community?

Posted by Stein Tønnesson on Wednesday, 17 June 2015

A human tragedy has been unfolding in the Bay of Bengal. Thousands of poor Rohingya and Bangladeshi refugees and job seekers have been the victims of xenophobia, cynical smugglers and incapable governance. What has ASEAN done? So far very little. Yet this crisis is exactly the kind of non-traditional trans-national ... Read more »

Can Putin trust China?

Posted by Stein Tønnesson on Tuesday, 24 February 2015

The Ukraine crisis has made Russia more dependent on China. Putin is popular in Beijing, and Putin and Chinese leader Xi Jinping are the best of friends. But can China save Russia from its crisis? 70 years ago, from 4-11 February 1945, Josef Stalin received US president Franklin D. Roosevelt, ... Read more »

WWII Celebration Plans by Putin and Xi to Score Points

Posted by Stein Tønnesson on Monday, 17 November 2014

Russian and Chinese presidents aim to divide US and allies, including Japan, with WWII celebration. When Chinese President Xi Jinping met Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Beijing for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, he stated that “Japan must look at history squarely and more towards the future.” Xi’s carefully ... Read more »

Norway's Tightrope Walk in Myanmar

Posted by Marte Nilsen, Stein Tønnesson & Emil Jeremic on Thursday, 23 October 2014

Are the people of Myanmar able to distinguish between Norway’s role in promoting peace and the commercial interests of Norwegian businesses? Now that several state-owned Norwegian companies have entered into large and risky ventures in Myanmar, Norway is walking a tightrope between peace and commerce. The maintenance of support for ... Read more »

Article 9 and the East Asian Peace

Posted by Stein Tønnesson on Wednesday, 8 October 2014

World War 1 was primarily a European War. World War 2 was both European and Asian. World War 3 has not yet occurred. If it does, it will be mainly Asian. Provided the pattern of alliances and strategic partnerships continues to look the way it does today, World War 3 ... Read more »

Myanmar's National Census - Helping or Disrupting Peace?

Posted by Marte Nilsen & Stein Tønnesson on Wednesday, 12 February 2014

In March/April 2014 Myanmar will carry out its first population and housing census in more than 30 years. If carried out properly it may provide reliable data to be used not just by the government, but also by civil society organizations and political parties, as a basis for negotiating the ... Read more »

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