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International Politics

Research group
Active research
Project owner
Department of Political Science

Short description

We are a group of active researchers with an interest in international politics. Over recent years, our research interests have included the broad areas of foreign policy analysis, global governance, gender and international relations, transnational movements and international security. More specially, we have discussed issues of foreign policy leadership, gender and diplomacy, the relationship of states to the UN, trends in public opinion on international policy questions, and security and defence policy, including NATO and the EU.

Research Themes

  • leadership and foreign policy analysis
  • gender and diplomacy
  • US foreign policy
  • Swedish foreign and security policy
  • international environmental policy
  • party politics and foreign policy
  • NATO and European security
  • humanitarian intervention
  • hte future of the liberal world order.

Series of seminars

The Department of Political Science has a regular series of seminars on international politics, which meet throughout the academic year (specialseminarium). We welcome colleagues with an interest in international politics from cognate departments including History, School of Global Studies, Economics, etc.

For more information, please see the calendar on our web site.

Research group

The latest publications


Aggestam, Lisbeth (2021). Role theory and the study of leadership in EU external action, in S. Gstöhl and S. Schunz (eds.), The External Action of the European Union: Concepts, Approaches, Theories. Macmillan International. 

Ekengren, Ann-Marie and Ulrika Möller (2021). Campaigning for the prize: The quests by Sweden and the Kingdom of the Netherlands for Security Council Membership, 2017–2018. The Hague Journal of Diplomacy, 16, 1-26.

Oksamytna, Kseniya, Bove, Vincenzo, and Lundgren, Magnus (2021). Leadership selection in UN peacekeepingInternational Studies Quarterly.


Aggestam, Lisbeth and Hedling, Elsa (2020). Leaderisation in foreign policy: performing the role of EU High RepresentativeEuropean Security 29(3).

Aggestam, Lisbeth and Hyde-Price, Adrian (2020). Learning to lead? Germany and the leadership paradox in EU foreign policy (pdf)German Politics 29(1). 

Aggestam, Lisbeth and Johansson, Markus (2020). Leadership in the European UnionOxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics.

Coleman, Katharina, Oksamyna, Kseniya, and Magnus Lundgren (2020). Slow progress on UN rapid deployment: The pitfalls of policy paradigms in international organizationsInternational Studies Review.

Lundgren Magnus (2020). Causal mechanisms in civil war mediation: Evidence from SyriaEuropean Journal of International Relations.

Lundgren, Magnus and Svensson, Isak (2020). The surprising decline of mediation in armed conflictResearch and Politics 7(2).

Lundgren, Magnus, Oksamyna, Kseniya, and Katharina Coleman (2020). Only as fast as its troop contributors: Incentives, capabilities, and constraints in the UN’s peacekeeping responseJournal of Peace Research.

Tallberg, Jonas, Lundgren, Magnus, Sommerer, Thomas, and Squatrito, Theresa (2020). Why international organizations commit to liberal normsInternational Studies Quarterly.

Squatrito, Theresa, Lundgren, Magnus and Sommerer, Thomas (2020). Shaming by International Organizations: Mapping Condemnatory Speech Acts Across 27 IOs, 1980-2015Cooperation and Conflict 


Aggestam, Lisbeth and Bicchi, Federica (2019). New directions in EU foreign policy governance? Cross-loading, leadership and informal groupingsJournal of Common Market Studies 57(3). 

Brommesson, Douglas and Anne-Marie Ekengren (2019). When, How and Why Are Junior Coalition Parties Able to Affect a Government's Foreign Policy? A Study of Swedish Coalition Governments 2006–2014. Scandinavian Political Studies.


Aggestam, Lisbeth and Johansson, Markus (2017). The leadership paradox in EU foreign policyJournal of Common Market Studies 55(6). 

Brommesson, Douglas and Anne-Marie Ekengren (2017). The Mediatization of Foreign Policy, Political Decision-Making and Humanitarian Intervention. Palgrave Macmillan US.