Professor Valur Ingimundarson

Associate Fellow


Valur Ingimundarson is Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Iceland and Chair of the Board of the EDDA – Center of Excellence. He holds a Ph.D. in History from Columbia University in New York. His research focus is on geopolitics and security; Arctic politics and governance; Iceland’s foreign, defence and security policies; the politics of justice and memory in Europe; U.S.-European political relations during and after the Cold War; and post-conflict politics in the former Yugoslavia. He has been a Visiting Professor at the Centre for International Studies (CIS), London School of Economics, the Paris-based École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS), the Otto Suhr Institute, Center for Transnational Relations, Foreign and Security ATASP at the Freie Universität in Berlin and the Shanghai Institues of International Studies (SIIS).

His works include: “The Geopolitics of the 'Future Return: Britain’s Century-Long Challenges to Norway’s Control over Spitsbergen”, The International History Review (2018); Iceland’s Financial Crisis: The Politics of Blame, Protests, and Reconstruction [ed. et al.] (New York and London: Routledge, 2016); Nordic Cold War Cultures: Ideological Promotion, Public Reception, and East-West Interactions [co-ed.] Helsinki: University of Helsinki, 2015); “Managing a contested region: The Arctic Council and the politics of Arctic governance”, The Polar Journal (2014); “The Mikson Case: War Crimes Memory, Estonian Identity Reconstructions, and Transnational Politics of Justice”, in Annette Vowinckel et al. (eds.), Cold War Cultures (New York: Berghahn, 2012); The Rebellious Ally: Iceland, the United States, and the Politics of Empire, 1945–2006 (Dordrecht and St. Louis: Republic of Letters, 2011); “A Risk Assessment for Iceland: Global, Societal, and Military Factors: Findings of an Interdisciplinary Commission” (ed. and chair) (Reykjavik: Icelandic Foreign Ministry, 2009); “The Politics of Memory and the Reconstruction of Albanian National Identity in Post-War Kosovo” History and Memory (2007).

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