Confirmed: Dr Tor Bukkvoll
Dr. Tor Bukkvoll is a Senior Research Fellow at the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment. He has studied political developments in Russia and Ukraine since the mid-1990s, especially in the areas of defence and security. He speaks Russian and Ukrainian, and obtained his PhD from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Bukkvoll was a visiting research fellow at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey autumn 2019 to autumn 2020 and at the Changing Character of War program at the University of Oxford in 2008. Among his latest publications are: “Military Innovation Under Authoritarian Government - the Case of Russian Special Operations Forces”, 2015, Journal of Strategic Studies, (38) 5, pp. 602-625; “Tools of Future Wars – Russia is Entering the Precision-Strike Regime”, 2018, Journal of Slavic Military Studies, (31) 2, pp. 191-213 (with Roger N. McDermott); “Fighting on behalf of the state – the issue of pro-government militia autonomy in the Donbas war”, 2019, Post-Soviet Affairs, (35) 4, pp. 293-307; and “The Emergence of Russian Private Military Companies: A New Tool of Clandestine Warfare”, 2020, Special Operations Journal, (6) 1, pp.1-17 (with Åse Gilje Østensen).