Professor Valur Ingimundarson

Senior Associate Fellow; Professor of Contemporary History, University of Iceland


Valur Ingimundarson is Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Iceland and Chair of the Board of the EDDA Research Centre. He holds a Ph.D. in History from Columbia University in New York. His research focus is on international history, geopolitics and security; Arctic politics and governance; Iceland’s foreign, defence and security policies and relations with the United States and NATO; the politics of justice and memory; U.S.-European political relations during and after the Cold War; and post-conflict politics in the former Yugoslavia. He is an Associate Fellow at the LSE IDEAS and 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, Centre for Transnational Relations, Foreign and Security ATASP at the Freie Universität in Berlin and the Shanghai Institutes of International Studies (SIIS).

His works include:

‘The “Kosovo Precedent”: Russia’s Justification of Military Interventions and Territorial Revisions in Georgia and Ukraine’ (LSE IDEAS – Strategic Update, July 2022);

‘Unarmed sovereignty versus foreign base rights: enforcing the US-Icelandic defence agreement 1951–2021’, International History Review (2022);

Liberal Disorder, States of Exceptions, and Populist Politics [co-ed.] (New York and London: Routledge, 2020);

‘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 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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