Kjetil Selvik is a Senior Research Fellow at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs. He holds a PhD in political science from SciencesPo in Paris. Selvik specializes in comparative politics and has extensive fieldwork experience from working in Iran and the Arab world. His research interests include authoritarian regime politics, business politics, Islamic movements and media and communication. He leads an ongoing project on “Journalism in struggles for democracy: media and polarization in the Middle East”.


Focus areas

Middle East and North Africa / Conflict Resolution / Governance


Selected refereed journal articles and book chapters

  • (2018)“Religiøs autoritet og tynnslitt stat: valgkamp i sjia-Irak”, Babylon, 2, 56-67.


  • (2018) “Autocratic legitimation in Iran: Ali Khamenei’s discourse on regime ‘insiders’ and ‘outsiders’”, Democratization, DOI: 10.1080/13510347.2018.1446947.

  • (2018) “Teheran: Revolusjon og reaksjon”, in Brennpunkt Midtøsten: Byene som prisme, edited by N. A. Butenschøn and R. Maktabi, Universitetsforlaget, pp. 151-172. 


  • (2016) “Kuwait: The Politics of Crisis”, with Ghanim al-Najjar. In The Oil States in the New Middle East, edited by K. Selvik and B.O. Utvik, Routledge, pp. 93-112.


  • (2015) "Print media liberalization and electoral coverage bias in Kuwait”, with Jon Nordenson and Tewodros Kebede, The Middle East Journal, 69, 2, pp. 255-276.


  • (2013) “Business and Social Responsibility in the Arab World: The Zakat vs. CSR models in Syria and Dubai”, Comparative Sociology, Vol. 12, no. 1, pp. 95-123.


  • "From ‘enemies of the revolution’ to unfulfilled ideal: Private industrial entrepreneurs in the Islamic Republic of Iran". In  Iran: From Theocracy to the Green Movement, edited by N. Nabavi, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 101-119


   Kjetil Selvik’s page at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs

Senior Research Fellow

Media Contribution

  • TV commentary on Syria “Ekspert forklarer: Derfor er ordkrigen farlig” (11.04.2018 – NKR TV)

  • TV interview on Yemen “Intervju med KJetil Selvik om Jemen” (27.05.2011 – NRK TV)

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