Asle Toje (b. 1974) is a roving Political Scientist. He is the former Research Director at the Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo, and a current member of the Norwegian Nobel Committee. After completing his PhD in Cambridge (2006) Toje has lectured and taught at universities in Europe and beyond. Among his scholarly works are The European Union as a Small Power (London, Macmillan, 2010) and Will China's rise be peaceful? The rise of a great power in theory, history, politics, and the future (Oxford University Press, 2018). Toje is a syndicated columnist and a frequently used pundit in the international media.


Asle Toje is Norwegian. He grew up in Byremo, Norway’s ‘deep south’. He has since lived and worked in a number of countries, including Germany, France, Belgium, England, and the United States. He was educated at the the Universities of Oslo and Tromsø and received his PhD from Pembroke College at the University of Cambridge. He speaks English and Norwegian and dabbles in German and Spanish.

While at Cambridge, Toje worked on three main fields of study: international relations theory, war studies and European studies. He wrote his Ph.D. thesis, titled " American Influence on EU Security Policies, 1998-2004," under the supervision of Geoffrey Edwards. Toje moved to New York City in 2005 to join the doctoral fellows program at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. His academic tutors were Kenneth Waltz and Jack Snyder.

Toje was the Research Director at the Norwegian Nobel Institute from 2012-2018, when he was selected to be a member of the prestigious five-member Norwegian Nobel Committee, a position he will hold until 2024.

Public engagements

Toje lives in Norway but is a sought-after international speech holder and panelist. He is also a foreign policy analyst and adviser to several government agencies and non-government organizations. He is a columnist in several Norwegian newspapers and frequently contributes commentary in the international media, on foreign policy questions. 

Toje has given lectures at some of the world’s leading universities, he has also been enlisted as a speaker at venues ranging from the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, to Valdai Conference, the Raisina Dialogue and the Astana Club.

Speech Topics

The Rise of Populism and the Crisis in Europe

Transatlantic Relations: The West and the Rest

The Rise of China and the Challenge of Geopolitics

Eastern Europe after Russia's Annexation of Crimea