News archive


The Geopolitical Aftershocks of the China-Solomon Islands Security Agreements – By Marc Lanteigne & Larissa Stünkel

"The deal was likely China’s response to AUKUS. Now Australia and the U.S. will consider how to respond, possibly intensifying the security competition in the Pacific."


AB (Arsalan Bilal) interviewed by BBC Serbia on hybrid threats & wars

AB (Arsalan Bilal)—The Grey Zone coordinator—was interviewed by BBC Serbia for an article on hybrid wars, the ways in which hybrid threats jeopardise state and societal security, as well as viable policy measures to surmount them.


Marc Lanteigne interviewed by Al Jazeera on China's Rise in the Arctic

The Grey Zone member Marc Lanteigne was interviewed by Al Jazeera English for 101 East—a weekly current affairs programme—on China's Arctic policy amidst melting ice caps in the region.


Blowback: The Ukraine Conflict and Arctic Security – By Marc Lanteigne

"The illegal Russian invasion of Ukraine on 24 February will result in aftershocks throughout Europe and the global community for months, and possibly years, to come. The Arctic will not be unaffected by this conflict, given Moscow’s dominant presence in polar politics and the overspill effects of the diplomatic rift, now a chasm, between Russia and the West, into Arctic security concerns."



Mens vi venter på Putin (While we wait for Putin) - in Norwegian

Will he or won't he? Reflections on what is at stake for Putin, Europe and international security


“The Arctic could see ice-free summers by 2035”

The Grey Zone member Marc Lanteigne was interviewed by CNBC on the rising importance of the Arctic shipping routes amidst melting sea ice in the region.


FAKENEWS project launch

The much-anticipated FAKENEWS project, which is funded by the Research Council of Norway, has officially been launched at UiT The Arctic University of Norway.



Hybrid threats and Gender - Deep Dive session, NATO

On 3 February 2022, Gunhild Hoogensen Gjørv (UiT) joined Outi Jalonen from the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats (Hybrid CoE) to discuss the ways in which gender and other identities have been targeted and manipulated in disinformation campaigns. The session was "hybrid" with the presenters joining on MS Teams, while most participants met up at the Transatlantic Room at NATO HQ. Over 40 people participated. 


The forgotten, cascading crisis in Madagascar – By Manoa Faliarivola, Marc Lanteigne & Velomahanina Razakamaharavo

"The world’s first famine caused by climate change rather than conflict continues amid insufficient domestic and global attention."

Click here to read the full article published in African Arguments.


CPS/GZ hosted an open expert seminar on the use of migration in hybrid threats

On 9 december 2021 UiT Centre for Peace Studies (CPS) hosted a seminar led by The Grey Zone (GZ) research group, in partnership with the prestigious Polish Institute of International Affairs on the use of migration as a tool in hybrid threats. The discussion ranged from issues around international migration as a whole to perspectives from Poland and Norway regarding the use of migrants – in particular the use of refugees fleeing conflict.

The speakers included senior experts from the Polish Institute of International Affairs and UiT The Arctic University of Norway.

Please find below the seminar program with speakers, followed by the recording of the event.

‘International migration and the use and abuse of migration as a hybrid threat strategy- Perspectives from Norway and Poland’ 

Moderator: Damian Wnukowski, Polish Institute of International Affairs

15.15 - Introduction: Gunhild Hoogensen Gjørv, Professor, Centre for Peace Studies, Leader for “The Grey Zone” research group, UiT-The Arctic University of Norway and Damian Wnukowski

15.30 – Opening remarks: Patryk Kugiel, Senior Analyst, PISM

‘The Migration-Development Nexus – findings from the MiDeShare project’

15.40 – Jolanta Szymańska, European Union Programme Coordinator, PISM: Poland

‘The Belarusian border crisis and migration as a hybrid warfare?’

15.50 – Marc Lanteigne, A.Professor, Political Science, UiT-The Arctic University of Norway

‘Too many shadows: Belarusian insecurity and implications for Europe’’

16.00 – Q&A Session

16.25 – Gunhild Hoogensen Gjørv, UiT. Closing remarks.


Hanne Eggen Røislien joins UiT's Centre for Peace Studies

Dr. Hanne Eggen Røislien, an eminent researcher and cyber security expert, has been appointed an Associate Professor (II) at the Centre for Peace Studies - UiT The Arctic University of Norway.