Hilde Henriksen Waage

Professor - History
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Phone +47 22857238
Room NT 430
Visiting address Niels Henrik Abels vei 36 Niels Treschows hus 0851 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1008 Blindern 0315 OSLO

Fields of academic interest

  • Peace and conflict in the Middle East
  • Power politics in the 20th century
  • US foreign policy after World War II
  • Norwegian foreign policy after World War II

Ongoing research: The Missing Peace

Few adversaries have been enmeshed in a more vicious spiral of hostility than Israel, the Palestinians and their Arab neighbours. Except for the Camp David Accords between Israel and Egypt (1978) and the peace agreement with Jordan (1994) have countless efforts by individuals, organisations, large and small states to open up direct channels of dialogue ended in failure. The United States has for years been trying to stop the fighting over the land that Israel, the Palestinians and the Arab neighbours claim to be theirs. So has the United Nations. Why have all mediation attempts between these parties so far proved unsuccessful? What are the conditions that need to be met in order to have a solution that could be tolerated by them? Why isn’t there any ongoing peace process? To what extent is third party intervention necessary or desirable? Have the many failed interventions lacked the necessary skill, the political will, the clout – or all three? Does perhaps the power asymmetry between a strong Israel, on the one hand, and the weak Arab states and Palestinians, on the other, explain the lack of any peaceful outcome? 


  • 2005-present: Professor of History, University of Oslo.
  • 2005-present: Researcher at The Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) in a part-time capacity.
  • 1996-2005: Deputy Director at PRIO.
  • 1995-2005: Senior Researcher at PRIO.
  • 2001-2003: Programme Leader, Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding Programme, PRIO.
  • 1992-1993: Acting Director at PRIO.


  • 2016: BA in Modern Hebrew
  • 1997: Dr. philos., University of Oslo (History)
  • 1987: Cand.philol., University of Oslo (History)
  • 1982: Cand. mag., University of Oslo
Tags: History, Contemporary History, Peace and Conflict
Published Dec. 14, 2010 2:33 PM - Last modified Feb. 5, 2018 1:47 PM


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