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Oscar Jonsson


Oscar Jonsson


Academic Director for the Center for the Governance of Change


Political Science

Oscar Jonsson is Academic Director for the Center for the Governance of Change. He holds a PhD from the Department of War Studies at King’s College London. He has earlier been Director of the Stockholm Free World Forum, a visiting researcher at UC Berkeley and a subject-matter expert at the Swedish Armed Forces Headquarters. Oscar has advised governments, armed forces’ leadership and financial institutions on strategic affairs and geopolitical risk, and featured in international print and broadcast media. He is the author of The Russian Understanding of War (Georgetown University Press) which is on the Commander of US Special Forces’ reading list for 2020 and finalist for the Association of American Publisher’s award for scholarly and professional excellence in social sciences 2020.

Corporate Experience

• Academic Director, Center for the Governance of Change at IE University, 2020 – Present

• Director, Stockholm Free World Forum, 2018 – 2020

• Subject-matter expert, Swedish Armed Forces Headquarters, 2015 – 2016

Academic Experience

• Adjunct Professor, School of Global and Public Affairs, IE University, 2020 – Present

• Associate Researcher, Swedish Defence University, 2017 – 2019

• Visiting Research, UC Berkeley, 2016 – 2017

Academic Background

• Ph.D. in War Studies, King’s College London, UK 2019

• MA in International Peace and Security (distinction), King’s College London 2013

• BA in Peace and Conflict Studies, Uppsala University, 2012