Hilde Henriksen Waage

Research Professor

Hilde Henriksen Waage
Email: hilde@prio.org
Mobile phone: (+47) 971 14 503

Research Interests

Hilde Henriksen Waage's current main p​roject is 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 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


2013-: Bachelor student in Modern Hebrew

1997: Dr. philos., University of Oslo (History)

1987: Cand.philol., University of Oslo (History)

1982: Cand. mag., University of Oslo


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The following publications are specific to the PRIO Middle East Centre. A more complete list is available at www.prio.org.

All Publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Waage, Hilde Henriksen; Marte Heian-Engdal & Jørgen Jensehaugen (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.
Tiller, Stian Johansen & Hilde Henriksen Waage (2011) Powerful State, Powerless Mediator: The United States and the Peace Efforts of the Palestine Conciliation Commission, 1949–51, International History Review 33(3): 501–524.
Waage, Hilde Henriksen (2011) The Winner Takes All: The 1949 Island of Rhodes Armistice Negotiations Revisited, Middle East Journal 65(2): 279–304.

MidEast Policy Brief

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.

PRIO Paper

Andersson, Magnus Seland & Hilde Henriksen Waage (2021) The Geopolitics of Syria’s Reconstruction, PRIO Paper. Oslo: PRIO.