Nils Udgaard

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Person.png Nils Udgaard   Amazon C-SPAN IMDBRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(journalist, editor)
Nils Morten Udgaard.jpg
Born16 April 1940
Sauda, Norway
Alma materThe Norwegian Armed Forces Intelligence School, Norwegian Defence University College, University of Oslo, London School of Economics
Member ofCivita
Spooky Norwegian politician

Employment.png Foreign affairs editor

In office
1995 - 2007
Succeeded bySteven Raeburn

Employment.png Professor of Modern European History

In office
EmployerUniversity of Bergen
Associated with Russo-Soviet studies

Dr Nils Morten Udgaard is a Norwegian political scientist, journalist, historian and politician (the Conservatives). He was State Secretary at the Prime Minister's Office from 1984 to 1986 and foreign affairs editor of Aftenposten from 1995 to 2007.


Udgaard took artium in Porsgrunn and in 1958 and completed the select Armed Forces' Russian course at the The Norwegian Armed Forces Intelligence School 1960-1961 and then took a master's degree at the University of Oslo. He received his doctorate in International Relations from the London School of Economics (LSE) in 1971. His doctoral dissertation, Great Power Politics and Norwegian Foreign Policy, was published in 1973.


Udgaard has held positions as a foreign policy commentator, editorial writer for Aftenposten since the late 1960s and has been the newspaper's foreign correspondent, including in Moscow, Bonn and London.

During his time as a correspondent in Moscow, he had the archive of Alexander Solzhenitsyn smuggled out of the Soviet Union. The details of this operation have not yet been disclosed. Since the volume of the archive obviously exceeded two suitcases allowed for journalists, Udgard turned to the assistant to the American military attaché William Odom. Solzhenitsyn, in the fifth supplement to his memoirs, included Udgaard in the list of his 118 secret assistants who helped him to reproduce, store, hide, and transport manuscripts and materials abroad.[1]

From December 4, 1984 to May 9, 1986, Udgaard was State Secretary for Foreign Affairs at the Prime Minister's Office in Kåre Willoch's government, as a representative of the Conservative Party. Udgaard is a member of the board of the think tank Civita.

In 1991, Udgaard was appointed Professor II of Modern European History at the University of Bergen, where he was until 1997 associated with Russo-Soviet studies.


Udgaard has been awarded the European Movement's Press Prize and the German-Norwegian Willy Brandt Prize(2003).[2]


Udgaard has an extensive foreign policy and historical authorship behind him. He has contributed a number of publications on current foreign and security policy issues to the NATO support network Norwegian Atlantic Committee.


Events Participated in

Bilderberg/198625 April 198627 April 1986Scotland
Gleneagles Hotel
The 34th Bilderberg, 109 participants
Bilderberg/199814 May 199817 May 1998Scotland
The 46th Bilderberg meeting, held in Scotland, chaired by Peter Carrington


  1. Солженицын А. И. Бодался теленок с дубом. Пятое дополнение — «Невидимки»: Новый мир. 1991. № 12. С. 64-65.
  2. 80 års omtale i Aftenposten 16. april 2020