International Power, Security and Order

I believe that politics largely concerns creation, maintenance and change of meaning, which among other things imply that institutions in various contexts need to be understood precisely as meaningful phenomena. On this basis my research has developed along three paths.

  1. I have been working for some time with the project ”Conceptions of the State and the Development of International Norms: Arbitration in the Modern State System”, originally financed by the Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences (Riksbankens Jubileumsfond). The main question is how legitimate international institutions can emerge. This is addressed in a study of the development of international arbitration, specifically in the 19th century up until the Hague conferences in 1899 and 1907.

  2. In the field of European foreign- and security policy I have written about European security after the Lisbon treaty, and the significance of the European Neighborhood Policy.

  3. As of late, I have turned to processes of international change and the intellectual roots of contemporary expressions of international power, specifically the concept of ”smart power”.

I teach and supervise mainly at the advanced level, and in English. My courses deals with international theory, security studies, diplomacy, and international organization. I have supervised PhD-candidates, been head of department, director of studies, and programme coordinator.



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Academic Merits

  • PhD, Political Science, Lund University, 1991.