Helge Blakkisrud (born 1967) holds an MA in Political Science (1995) from the University of Oslo. He is Head of the Department of Russian and Eurasian Studies at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI). Currently (until September 2010) he is a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley, working on the project “Non-Recognized States in the Post-Sovjet Area” and with his PhD project on the development of Russian federalism in the period 1991–2008. Since 1994, he has been Editor-in-Chief of the Scandinavian language Nordisk Østforum (Nordic Journal of East European and Post-Soviet Studies).
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The University of Oslo (Norwegian: Universitetet i Oslo), formerly The Royal Frederick University (Norwegian: Det Kongelige Frederiks Universitet), is the oldest and largest university in Norway, situated in the Norwegian capital of Oslo.
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