Jørgen Jensehaugen

Senior Researcher

Jørgen Jensehaugen
Email: jorjen@prio.org
Mobile phone: +47 99 59 77 85
Twitter: @JJensehaugen

Research Interests

I mainly research the Arab-Israeli conflict with a focus on the various diplomatic endeavours ranging from the late 1940s up until today. 
I have done research and published on various phases in this history, including:
  • The UN negotiations following the 1948 war 
  • The Zionist movement, and later Israel's, succesful attempt to gain international recognition and UN membership
  • The US lead negotiations during the late 1970s leading to the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty
  • The Obama era initiative to reach Israeli-Palestinian peace
  • The history of US Jerusalem policy
A central focus of my research is the lack of Palestinian inclusion in these international approaches to the conflict.


Working experience:

2018 - : Senior Researcher at PRIO

2016-2018: Associate Professor at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences

2016 - : Editor of Store Norske Leksikon articles on the Middle East

2011-2016: PhD Candidate at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU

2011: Researcher at PRIO

2010: Board member of the Nordic Society for Middle East Studies

January 2010 -2011 : Editor, Babylon, Nordisk Tidsskrift for Midtøstenstudier

January - May 2010: Booknote Editor, Journal of Peace Research.

2009 - 2010: Guest lecturer at the University of Oslo: "Neighbourhood Bully? The Great Powers and the Middle East Since 1945"

December 2008 - : Research Assistant for Professor Hilde Henriksen Waage

August 2008 - February 2010: Managing editor, Journal of Peace Research

May 2008 - January 2010: Managing Editor, Babylon, Nordisk Tidsskrift for Midtøstenstudier
January-July 2007: Trainee at the Norwegian Embassy in Amman, Jordan.
2004 - 2007: Board member of Spire, The Development Fund Youth, a Norwegian NGO.
2003 - 2006: Assistant Editor at Solum Forlag, Solum Publishing House.



2011-2016: PhD in History at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

2006-2008: MA in History at the University of Oslo (UiO)

2002-2005: BA in History at the University of Oslo (UiO)
1999-2002: International Baccalaureate (IB), St. Stephen's School of Rome. Received the Bilingual Diploma.


Languages spoken:

Bilingual Norwegian and English.

Can speak Italian.

Basic Arabic



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Recent Publications

Jensehaugen, Jørgen & Pinar Tank (2022) Palestinian and Kurdish nationalism: Understanding the ‘politics of the possible’, Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism 22(3): 219–234.
Jensehaugen, Jørgen (2022) Review of Dear Palestine: A Social History of the 1948 War, in Journal of Military History 86(3): 1047–1048.

All Publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Jensehaugen, Jørgen & Pinar Tank (2022) Palestinian and Kurdish nationalism: Understanding the ‘politics of the possible’, Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism 22(3): 219–234.
Jensehaugen, Jørgen (2021) A Palestinian window of opportunity? The PLO, the US and the Iranian hostage crisis, British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies 48(4): 596–610.
Jensehaugen, Jørgen (2020) Terra morata: the West Bank in Menachem Begin’s worldview, Contemporary Levant 5(1): 54–63.
Jensehaugen, Jørgen (2019) Smokescreen Diplomacy: Excluding the Palestinians by Self-Rule, The Middle East Journal 73(2): 224–241.
Waage, Hilde Henriksen & Jørgen Jensehaugen (2018) Å forhandle bort Palestina [Negotiating away Palestine], Babylon - Nordisk tidsskrift for Midtøstenstudier 16(2): 142–153.
Heian-Engdal, Marte; Jørgen Jensehaugen & Hilde Henriksen Waage (2013) ‘Finishing the Enterprise’: Israel's Admission to the United Nations, International History Review 35(3): 465–485.
Jensehaugen, Jørgen; Marte Heian-Engdal & Hilde Henriksen Waage (2012) Securing the State: From Zionist Ideology to Israeli Statehood, Diplomacy & Statecraft 23(2): 280–303.
Jensehaugen, Jørgen & Hilde Henriksen Waage (2012) Coercive Diplomacy: Israel, Transjordan and the UN—a Triangular Drama Revisited, British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies 39(1): 79–100.


Jensehaugen, Jørgen (2018) Arab-Israeli Diplomacy under Carter: The U.S., Israel and the Palestinians. London: I.B. Tauris.

Non-refereed Journal Article

Jensehaugen, Jørgen (2009) Når blir massevold politisk? - 1948 og den palestinske katastrofen [When Does Mass Violence Become Political? - 1948 and the Palestinian Catastrophe], Etter Lemkin - Tidsskrift for studier av Folkemord og Politisk Massevold 1(2): 8–18.
Jensehaugen, Jørgen (2008) Al-Nakba: Eksistensiell Historieskrivning [al-Nakba: Existential History], Babylon - Nordisk tidsskrift for Midtøstenstudier 6(2): 100–107.
Jensehaugen, Jørgen (2008) Hvor ble det av Palestina? [Where did Palestine go?], Fortid 5(3): 35–40.

Popular Article

Tank, Pinar; Júlia Palik; Jørgen Jensehaugen & Kristian Berg Harpviken (2022) Transactional Engagements: Middle Eastern Responses to the Ukrainian War, PRIO blogs, 24 March.
Berg, Kjersti G.; Are Knudsen & Jørgen Jensehaugen (2021) Gazastripen etter våpenhvilen [Gaza after the ceasefire], Dagens Næringsliv, 28 May.
Jensehaugen, Jørgen & Erling Lorentzen Sogge (2021) The Palestinian elections that weren't, The Loop, 22 May.
Jensehaugen, Jørgen & Kjersti G. Berg (2021) The politics of refugee relief: UNRWA and the ongoing funding crisis, Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies Blog, 28 January.
Tank, Pinar; Pavel K. Baev; Jørgen Jensehaugen; Kristian Berg Harpviken; Alaa Tartir; Mathias Hatleskog Tjønn & Zenonas Tziarras (2020) What a Biden Presidency Could Mean for the Middle East, PRIO Blog, 12 November.
Jensehaugen, Jørgen (2019) How the PLO served U.S. interests during the Iranian hostage crisis, Washington Post, 4 November.
Jensehaugen, Jørgen (2018) Hva Trump må lære av Jimmy Carter [What Trump must learn from Jimmy Carter], NRK Ytring, 17 October.
Jensehaugen, Jørgen (2018) Et tvetydig forhold [An ambiguous relationship], Dagens Nærinsliv, 24 April.
Heian-Engdal, Marte & Jørgen Jensehaugen (2014) Vi bør følge Sverige [We should follow Sweden], Dagbladet, 6 November.
Jensehaugen, Jørgen (2011) Misbrukte muligheter [Abused possibilities], Dagsavisen, 20 June.
Jensehaugen, Jørgen (2011) Avkledde palestinere [Palestinians Revealed], Dagsavisen, 27 January.
Jensehaugen, Jørgen (2009) Ulven tar av seg fåreklærne [Dr Jekyll Shows his Hyde], Palestinabladet, 29 December.
Jensehaugen, Jørgen (2009) Abbas: Offer for fredsprisen [Abbas: A Victim of the Peace Prize], Dagsavisen, 23 November.
Jensehaugen, Jørgen (2009) Kan Obama bli sin pris verdig? [Can Obama Become Worthy of His Prize?], Dagsavisen, 9 October.
Jensehaugen, Jørgen (2009) Historieskrivning som politikk [History as Politics], Klassekampen, 27 January.
Jensehaugen, Jørgen (2008) Hva er det med Gaza? [What is it with Gaza?], Palestinabladet, 30 December.
Jensehaugen, Jørgen (2008) Israels verste venn [Israel's Worst Friend], Aftenposten, 25 September.
Jensehaugen, Jørgen (2008) Radikal Mytedannelse [Radical Mythology], Morgenbladet, 25 April.
Jensehaugen, Jørgen (2008) Israel: - En Apartheidstat? [Israel: - An Apartheid State?], Rødt Press, 19 February.

PRIO Report

Jensehaugen, Jørgen (2022) Excluded Palestinians: Mediator Gatekeeping in the Israeli–Palestinian Conflict, FAIR Case Brief, 2. Oslo: PRIO.

Master Thesis

Jensehaugen, Jørgen (2008) Friendship Reanimated: The Israeli-Transjordanian Armistice Negotiations 1948–49. MA thesis, Department of Archaeology, Conservation, and History, University of Oslo, Oslo.

PRIO Policy Brief

Jensehaugen, Jørgen; Kristoffer Lidén & Isabel Bramsen (2022) At the Gates to Peace: Mediators as Gatekeepers, PRIO Policy Brief, 1. Oslo: PRIO.
Jensehaugen, Jørgen (2022) Bridge over Troubled Waters: Jordan’s Position in the Middle East, MidEast Policy Brief, 4. Oslo: PRIO.
Jensehaugen, Jørgen; Bruno Oliveira Martins; Hilde Henriksen Waage & Júlia Palik (2020) A House Divided: EU Policy on the Israeli–Palestinian Conflict, MidEast Policy Brief, 2. Oslo: PRIO.
Jensehaugen, Jørgen (2020) Jordan and COVID-19: Effective Response at a High Cost, MidEast Policy Brief, 3. Oslo: PRIO.
Jensehaugen, Jørgen & Pinar Tank (2019) Kurdish and Palestinian Quests for Self-Determination, MidEast Policy Brief, 1. Oslo: PRIO.

PRIO Paper

Gjerløw, Haakon & Jørgen Jensehaugen (2020) Dealing with COVID-19 in the Middle East, PRIO Paper. Oslo: PRIO.

Report - External Series

Jensehaugen, Jørgen (2022) The no-solution limbo of the Israel–Palestine conflict, Dibattito: Il Mediterraneo allargato, una regione in transizione: conflitti, sfide, prospettive. Rome: Centro Studi di Politica Internazionale.
Berg, Kjersti G.; Jørgen Jensehaugen; & Åge A. Tiltnes (2022) UNRWA, funding crisis and the way forward, CMI Report, 4. Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI).

Book Review

Jensehaugen, Jørgen (2022) Review of Dear Palestine: A Social History of the 1948 War, in Journal of Military History 86(3): 1047–1048.
Jensehaugen, Jørgen (2010) Review of Øystein Sørensen, ed., Drømmen om det fullkomne samfunn [Dreaming of the Complete Society], in Salongen.no .
Jensehaugen, Jørgen (2009) Review of Mahmoud Darwish, ed., Det er en sang, det er en sang [Poetry of Longing from the Poet of Exile], in Minerva .
Jensehaugen, Jørgen (2008) Review of Sa’di , Ahmad; & Lila Abu-Lughod, eds, Nakba: Palestine, 1948, and the Claims of Memory, in Palestinabladet 13(1): 46–47.
Jensehaugen, Jørgen (2007) Review of Mearsheimer, John; & Stephen M. Walt, eds, The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy, in Palestina 12(4): 30–31.

Blog Posts

Transactional Engagements: Middle Eastern Responses to the Ukrainian War

Posted by Pinar Tank, Júlia Palik, Jørgen Jensehaugen & Kristian Berg Harpviken on Thursday, 24 March 2022

Russia’s war in Ukraine has been met with global condemnation drawing NATO and the EU closer together in coordinating collective responses. In contrast to this coordinated front among US, French and German responses, it is worth drawing attention to the mixed regional responses among states in the Middle East for ... Read more »

The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Addressing the Structures

Posted by Jørgen Jensehaugen on Thursday, 20 May 2021

In a series of brief blog posts, researchers of the PRIO Middle East Centre offer their reflections on the unfolding Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. The two-way rocket salvos into and from Gaza feels like a tedious repetition of tragedies past. The world has seen this before, and tragically we will probably see ... Read more »

The Politics of Refugee Relief: UNRWA and the Ongoing Funding Crisis

Posted by Kjersti G. Berg & Jørgen Jensehaugen on Tuesday, 2 February 2021

On 9 November 2020 Philippe Lazzarini, the Commissioner General of UNRWA, tweeted: “I am pained to announce that despite all efforts to raise the resources for @UNRWA 2020, I informed our 28,000 staff that we do not have enough funds to pay their salaries in full this month”. This is ... Read more »

Pompeo and the Two-State Swan Song

Posted by Jørgen Jensehaugen on Thursday, 19 November 2020

On 19 November 2020 US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo became the most senior US politician to officially visit an Israeli settlement on the occupied West Bank. This visit, and his ensuing statement that products from Israeli settlements can be labeled as “Made in Israel”, mark the swan song of ... Read more »

What a Biden Presidency Could Mean for the Middle East

Posted by Pinar Tank, Pavel Baev, Jørgen Jensehaugen, Kristian Berg Harpviken, Alaa Tartir, Mathias Hatleskog Tjønn & Zenonas Tziarras on Thursday, 12 November 2020

With a winner finally announced in the US election, researchers at the PRIO Middle East Centre present a few thoughts on what a Biden presidency could mean for the Middle East. What are likely to be the guiding foreign policy principles of a Biden administration and how will regional and ... Read more »

From Moria to the UN Security Council: Norwegian Domestic Politics and Foreign Policy Ambitions

Posted by Marta Bivand Erdal, Jørgen Jensehaugen & Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert on Wednesday, 30 September 2020

The fire at the Moria camp underlines the depth of the crisis in the international system intended to protect people fleeing their home countries. Under the Refugee Convention, people in need of asylum must be given the opportunity to apply for it. The fundamental flaws in this system weighs heavily ... Read more »

Responding to Peer Review as an Early Career Scholar

Posted by Jørgen Jensehaugen on Monday, 21 September 2020

This week, PRIO is posting a series of blogs to mark Peer Review Week 2020. In today’s blog, Jørgen Jensehaugen draws on his own experience as an author, editor and reviewer to provide some advice to early career researchers in how to deal with peer review, highlighting challenges that can ... Read more »

What should the world do about Israel’s proposed annexation of the West Bank?

Posted by Jørgen Jensehaugen on Thursday, 11 June 2020

Will Palestinians living in the annexed areas be offered Israeli citizenship, or will they become non-citizens within Israel? Israel’s new government will be able to  start annexing parts of the occupied West Bank as early as 1 July 2020. What should the world do about it? This is not the ... Read more »

Making a Regional Peacemaker

Posted by Jørgen Jensehaugen on Wednesday, 11 March 2020

On March 3 the PRIO-CSS Jordan seminar, “Preserving Spaces for Dialogue in the Middle East”, was situated by the shore of the Dead Sea. The view was both beautiful and thematically fitting, because while most people associate the Dead Sea with a rather exotic seaside tourist destination, and the Kingdom ... Read more »

Trump calls, Israel answers

Posted by Jørgen Jensehaugen on Friday, 16 August 2019

On Thursday President Trump made the unprecedented move to use a foreign power to punish domestic political actors. He tweeted that Israel should bar two congresswomen from entering the country. Prior to this tweet Prime Minister Netanyahu had decided that the congresswomen should be allowed to enter, but after the ... Read more »

Israel and the UN – a Relationship on Israel’s Terms

Posted by Jørgen Jensehaugen on Wednesday, 27 March 2019

It is claimed that the UN created Israel. This is only true subject to major reservations, and the relationship between the two is extremely complicated. On 14 May 2018, Israel celebrated its 70th anniversary, and in May this year it will be 70 years since the country became a member ... Read more »

Lessons from Camp David

Posted by Jørgen Jensehaugen on Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Forty years ago, President Jimmy Carter orchestrated peace between Israel and Egypt; yet the conflict between Israel and Palestinians is further than ever from a solution. Those outcomes are closely linked. There are lessons for President Donald Trump to learn from Carter’s experience, if he is attentive. An unprecedented breakthrough ... Read more »

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