Jørgen Jensehaugen

Senior Researcher

Jørgen Jensehaugen
Email: jorjen@prio.org
Work phone: +47 22 54 77 79
Mobile phone: +47 99 59 77 85
Twitter: @JJensehaugen

Research Interests

I mainly research the Arab-Israeli conflict with a focus on the various diplomatic endeavours ranging from the late 1940s up until today. 
I have done research and published on various phases in this history, including:
  • The UN negotiations following the 1948 war 
  • The Zionist movement, and later Israel's, succesful attempt to gain international recognition and UN membership
  • The US lead negotiations during the late 1970s leading to the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty
  • The Obama era initiative to reach Israeli-Palestinian peace
  • The history of US Jerusalem policy
A central focus of my research is the lack of Palestinian inclusion in these international approaches to the conflict.


Working experience:

2018 - : Senior Researcher at PRIO

2016-2018: Associate Professor at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences

2016 - : Editor of Store Norske Leksikon articles on the Middle East

2011-2016: PhD Candidate at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU

2011: Researcher at PRIO

2010: Board member of the Nordic Society for Middle East Studies

January 2010 -2011 : Editor, Babylon, Nordisk Tidsskrift for Midtøstenstudier

January - May 2010: Booknote Editor, Journal of Peace Research.

2009 - 2010: Guest lecturer at the University of Oslo: "Neighbourhood Bully? The Great Powers and the Middle East Since 1945"

December 2008 - : Research Assistant for Professor Hilde Henriksen Waage

August 2008 - February 2010: Managing editor, Journal of Peace Research

May 2008 - January 2010: Managing Editor, Babylon, Nordisk Tidsskrift for Midtøstenstudier
January-July 2007: Trainee at the Norwegian Embassy in Amman, Jordan.
2004 - 2007: Board member of Spire, The Development Fund Youth, a Norwegian NGO.
2003 - 2006: Assistant Editor at Solum Forlag, Solum Publishing House.



2011-2016: PhD in History at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

2006-2008: MA in History at the University of Oslo (UiO)

2002-2005: BA in History at the University of Oslo (UiO)
1999-2002: International Baccalaureate (IB), St. Stephen's School of Rome. Received the Bilingual Diploma.


Languages spoken:

Bilingual Norwegian and English.

Can speak Italian.

Basic Arabic



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Recent Publications

Jensehaugen, Jørgen (2020) Terra morata: the West Bank in Menachem Begin’s worldview, Contemporary Levant. DOI: 10.1080/20581831.2020.1710675.
Jensehaugen, Jørgen (2019) How the PLO served U.S. interests during the Iranian hostage crisis, Washington Post, 4 November.

All Publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Jensehaugen, Jørgen (2020) Terra morata: the West Bank in Menachem Begin’s worldview, Contemporary Levant. DOI: 10.1080/20581831.2020.1710675.
Jensehaugen, Jørgen (2019) A Palestinian window of opportunity? The PLO, the US and the Iranian hostage crisis, British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies. DOI: 10.1080/13530194.2019.1661646.
Jensehaugen, Jørgen (2019) Smokescreen Diplomacy: Excluding the Palestinians by Self-Rule, The Middle East Journal 73(2): 224–241.
Waage, Hilde Henriksen & Jørgen Jensehaugen (2018) Å forhandle bort Palestina [Negotiating away Palestine], Babylon - Nordisk tidsskrift for Midtøstenstudier 16(2): 142–153.
Heian-Engdal, Marte; Jørgen Jensehaugen & Hilde Henriksen Waage (2013) ‘Finishing the Enterprise’: Israel's Admission to the United Nations, International History Review 35(3): 465–485.
Jensehaugen, Jørgen; Marte Heian-Engdal & Hilde Henriksen Waage (2012) Securing the State: From Zionist Ideology to Israeli Statehood, Diplomacy & Statecraft 23(2): 280–303.
Jensehaugen, Jørgen & Hilde Henriksen Waage (2012) Coercive Diplomacy: Israel, Transjordan and the UN—a Triangular Drama Revisited, British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies 39(1): 79–100.


Jensehaugen, Jørgen (2018) Arab-Israeli Diplomacy under Carter: The U.S., Israel and the Palestinians. London: I.B. Tauris.

Non-refereed Journal Article

Jensehaugen, Jørgen (2009) Når blir massevold politisk? - 1948 og den palestinske katastrofen [When Does Mass Violence Become Political? - 1948 and the Palestinian Catastrophe], Etter Lemkin - Tidsskrift for studier av Folkemord og Politisk Massevold 1(2): 8–18.
Jensehaugen, Jørgen (2008) Al-Nakba: Eksistensiell Historieskrivning [al-Nakba: Existential History], Babylon - Nordisk tidsskrift for Midtøstenstudier 6(2): 100–107.
Jensehaugen, Jørgen (2008) Hvor ble det av Palestina? [Where did Palestine go?], Fortid 5(3): 35–40.

Popular Article

Jensehaugen, Jørgen (2019) How the PLO served U.S. interests during the Iranian hostage crisis, Washington Post, 4 November.
Jensehaugen, Jørgen (2018) Hva Trump må lære av Jimmy Carter [What Trump must learn from Jimmy Carter], NRK Ytring, 17 October.
Jensehaugen, Jørgen (2018) Et tvetydig forhold [An ambiguous relationship], Dagens Nærinsliv, 24 April.
Heian-Engdal, Marte & Jørgen Jensehaugen (2014) Vi bør følge Sverige [We should follow Sweden], Dagbladet, 6 November.
Jensehaugen, Jørgen (2011) Misbrukte muligheter [Abused possibilities], Dagsavisen, 20 June.
Jensehaugen, Jørgen (2011) Avkledde palestinere [Palestinians Revealed], Dagsavisen, 27 January.
Jensehaugen, Jørgen (2009) Ulven tar av seg fåreklærne [Dr Jekyll Shows his Hyde], Palestinabladet, 29 December.
Jensehaugen, Jørgen (2009) Abbas: Offer for fredsprisen [Abbas: A Victim of the Peace Prize], Dagsavisen, 23 November.
Jensehaugen, Jørgen (2009) Kan Obama bli sin pris verdig? [Can Obama Become Worthy of His Prize?], Dagsavisen, 9 October.
Jensehaugen, Jørgen (2009) Historieskrivning som politikk [History as Politics], Klassekampen, 27 January.
Jensehaugen, Jørgen (2008) Hva er det med Gaza? [What is it with Gaza?], Palestinabladet, 30 December.
Jensehaugen, Jørgen (2008) Israels verste venn [Israel's Worst Friend], Aftenposten, 25 September.
Jensehaugen, Jørgen (2008) Radikal Mytedannelse [Radical Mythology], Morgenbladet, 25 April.
Jensehaugen, Jørgen (2008) Israel: - En Apartheidstat? [Israel: - An Apartheid State?], Rødt Press, 19 February.

Master Thesis

Jensehaugen, Jørgen (2008) Friendship Reanimated: The Israeli-Transjordanian Armistice Negotiations 1948–49. MA thesis, Department of Archaeology, Conservation, and History, University of Oslo, Oslo.

PRIO Policy Brief

Jensehaugen, Jørgen & Pinar Tank (2019) Kurdish and Palestinian Quests for Self-Determination, MidEast Policy Brief, 1. Oslo: PRIO.

Book Review

Jensehaugen, Jørgen (2010) Review of Øystein Sørensen, ed., Drømmen om det fullkomne samfunn [Dreaming of the Complete Society], in Salongen.no .
Jensehaugen, Jørgen (2009) Review of Mahmoud Darwish, ed., Det er en sang, det er en sang [Poetry of Longing from the Poet of Exile], in Minerva .
Jensehaugen, Jørgen (2008) Review of Sa’di , Ahmad; & Lila Abu-Lughod, eds, Nakba: Palestine, 1948, and the Claims of Memory, in Palestinabladet 13(1): 46–47.
Jensehaugen, Jørgen (2007) Review of Mearsheimer, John; & Stephen M. Walt, eds, The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy, in Palestina 12(4): 30–31.

Blog Posts

Making a Regional Peacemaker

Posted by Jørgen Jensehaugen on Wednesday, 11 March 2020

On March 3 the PRIO-CSS Jordan seminar, “Preserving Spaces for Dialogue in the Middle East”, was situated by the shore of the Dead Sea. The view was both beautiful and thematically fitting, because while most people associate the Dead Sea with a rather exotic seaside tourist destination, and the Kingdom ... Read more »

Trump calls, Israel answers

Posted by Jørgen Jensehaugen on Friday, 16 August 2019

On Thursday President Trump made the unprecedented move to use a foreign power to punish domestic political actors. He tweeted that Israel should bar two congresswomen from entering the country. Prior to this tweet Prime Minister Netanyahu had decided that the congresswomen should be allowed to enter, but after the ... Read more »

Israel and the UN – a Relationship on Israel’s Terms

Posted by Jørgen Jensehaugen on Wednesday, 27 March 2019

It is claimed that the UN created Israel. This is only true subject to major reservations, and the relationship between the two is extremely complicated. On 14 May 2018, Israel celebrated its 70th anniversary, and in May this year it will be 70 years since the country became a member ... Read more »

Lessons from Camp David

Posted by Jørgen Jensehaugen on Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Forty years ago, President Jimmy Carter orchestrated peace between Israel and Egypt; yet the conflict between Israel and Palestinians is further than ever from a solution. Those outcomes are closely linked. There are lessons for President Donald Trump to learn from Carter’s experience, if he is attentive. An unprecedented breakthrough ... Read more »

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