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Anders Wivel

Anders Wivel

Professor with special responsibilities

Primary fields of research

1) Foreign policy, in particular the foreign and security policies of small European states

2) European integration and security, in particular the exercise of power politics and the role of small states in the EU

3) International Relations theory, in particular the realist tradition.

In addition, my research interests include geopolitics, international security, the transatlantic relationship and globalisation.

My research seeks to advance our understanding of how power politics is being transformed in the Euro-Atlantic area and how this transformation affects both the challenges and opportunities of small states. In general my work engages strongly with the realist perspective on international relations, and my research publications include purely theoretical work as well as in-depth theoretically informed empirical analyses based on a variety of written sources and interviews.

I welcome enquiries on supervision related to my primary research areas. Students interested in small state foreign policy, including the policies of Denmark and the other Nordic countries, are encouraged to check out this online forum from the Erasmus+ funded strategic partnership Small States in Europe: Challenges and Opportunities

Member of the Department of Political Science research group on International Relations, Centre for Advanced Security Theory (CAST) and Cente for European Politics (CEP). Cooperates on a regular basis with Centre for Military Studies (CMS)

Selected publications

  1. Accepted/In press

    The Routledge Handbook of Scandinavian Politics

    Nedergaard, P. (ed.) & Wivel, A. (ed.) 1 Jan 2018 (Accepted/In press) Routledge. 324 p.

    Research output: CommunicationBook

  2. Published

    Vulnerability without capabilities? Small state strategy and the international counter-piracy agenda

    Wivel, A. & Smed, U. T. 2017 In : European Security. 26, 1, p. 79-98

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  3. Published

    Realism in Foreign Policy Analysis

    Wivel, A. 2017 Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics. Oxford: Oxford University Press, p. 1-27

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewEncyclopedia chapter

  4. Published

    What Happened to the Nordic Model for International Peace and Security?

    Wivel, A. 2017 In : Peace Review. 29, 4, p. 489 496 p.

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  5. Published

    Living on the edge: Georgian foreign policy between the West and the rest

    Wivel, A. 16 Jun 2016 In : Third World Thematics: A TWQ Journal. 1, 1, p. 92-109 6

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  6. Published

    The Nordic Countries and the European Union: Still the other European Community?

    Grøn, C. L. H. (ed.), Nedergaard, P. (ed.) & Wivel, A. (ed.) 2015 London: Routledge. (Routledge Advances in European Politics, Vol. 12).

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewAnthology

  7. Published

    Small States and International Security: Europe and Beyond

    Archer, C. (ed.), Bailes, A. (ed.) & Wivel, A. (ed.) 2014 London: Routledge. (Routledge Advances in International Relations and Global Politics; No. 115).

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewAnthology

  8. Published

    Denmark and the European Union

    Wivel, A. (ed.) & Miles, L. (ed.) 2014 London: Routledge. 280 p. (Europe and the Nation State, Vol. 16).

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewAnthology

  9. Published

    From Peacemaker to Warmonger?: Explaining Denmark's Great Power Politics

    Wivel, A. 2013 In : Schweizerische Zeitschrift fuer Politikwissenschaft. 19, 3, p. 298–321 24 p.

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  10. Published

    Explaining Foreign Policy: International Diplomacy and the Russo-Georgian War

    Wivel, A. & Mouritzen, H. 2012 Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers. 223 p.

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook

  11. Published

    Danmark, Europa, Verden: International politik i det 21. århundrede

    Wivel, A. 2012 Kbh.: Gyldendal. 204 p.

    Research output: EducationBook

  12. Published

    Maximizing Influence in the European Union after the Lisbon Treaty: From Small State Policy to Smart State Strategy

    Grøn, C. L. H. & Wivel, A. Sep 2011 In : Journal of European Integration. 33, 5, p. 523-539

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  13. Published

    Small States in Europe: Challenges and Opportunities

    Wivel, A. (ed.) & Steinmetz, R. (ed.) 2010 Storbritannien & USA: Ashgate. 248 p.

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewAnthology

  14. Published

    Security Strategies and American World Order: Lost Power

    Wivel, A., Hansen, B. & Toft, P. 2009 London and New York: Routledge. 186 p. (Contemporary Security Studies).

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook

  15. Published

    Balancing against threats or bandwagoning with power? Europe and the transatlantic relationship after the Cold War

    Wivel, A. 2008 In : Cambridge Review of International Affairs. 21, 3, p. 289-305

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  16. Published

    Small states in the European Union: what do we know and what would we like to know?

    Wivel, A. & Thorhallsson, B. 2006 In : Cambridge Review of International Affairs. 19, 4, p. 651-668

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  17. Published

    Between paradise and power : Denmark's transatlantic dilemma

    Wivel, A. 2005 In : Security Dialogue. 36, 3, p. 417-421

    Research output: ResearchJournal article

  18. Published

    Explaining why state X made a certain move last tuesday: the promise and limitations of realist foreign policy analysis

    Wivel, A. 2005 In : Journal of International Relations and Development. 8, 4, p. 355-380

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  19. Published

    The Geopolitics of Euro-Atlantic Integration

    Wivel, A. (ed.) & Mouritzen, H. (ed.) 2005 London: Routledge. 269 p.

    Research output: ResearchBook

  20. Published

    The security challenge of small EU member states: interests, identity and the development of the EU as a security actor

    Wivel, A. 2005 In : Journal of Common Market Studies. 43, 2, p. 393-412

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  21. Published

    The Power Politics of Peace: Exploring the Link between Globalization and European Integration from a Realist Perspective

    Wivel, A. 2004 In : Cooperation and Conflict. 39, 1, p. 5-25

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

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