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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
  • Hierarchies, order and norms in international politics
  • US foreign policy
  • Swedish foreign and security policy
  • International environmental policy
  • Party politics and foreign policy
  • NATO and European security
  • Humanitarian intervention
  • The future of the liberal world order.


Lisbeth Aggestam, Senior Lecturer

Ulf Bjereld, Professor

Ann-Marie Ekengren, Professor

Adrian Hyde-Price, Professor

Anne-Kathrin Kreft, Postdoctor

Magnus Lundgren, Senior Lecturer

Ulrika Möller, Senior Lecturer.

Ann Towns, Professor.

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 website.

Guest lecturer

Cynthia Holden Enloe is a feminist writer, theorist, and professor. She is best known for her work on gender and militarism and for her contributions to the field of feminist international relations. She has also had major impact on the field of feminist political geography, in particular feminist geopolitics.

On March 7, 2022, she was a guest at the department's IP seminar and lectured on "Gender and Militarism in Light of Russia's Invasion of Ukraine". A recording of her lecture can be found below.

Video (36:27)
IP Seminar with Cynthia Enloe

Adrian Hyde-Price about the war in Ukraine

Video (7:40)
See the film

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. 

Beaumont, Paul and Ann Towns (2021). “The Rankings Game: A Relational Approach to Country Performance Indicators”. International Studies Review, 1-28.

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 peacekeeping". International Studies Quarterly.


Aggestam, Lisbeth and Hedling, Elsa (2020). "Leaderisation in foreign policy: performing the role of EU High Representative". European 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 Union". Oxford 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 organizations". International Studies Review.

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

Lundgren, Magnus and Svensson, Isak (2020). "The surprising decline of mediation in armed conflict". Research 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 response". Journal of Peace Research.

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

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

Towns, Ann (2020). “’Diplomacy is a Feminine Art’: Feminised Figurations of the Diplomat” Review of International Studies 46(5): 573-593.

Towns, Ann, Katarzyna Jezierska, Anne-Kathrin Kreft and Birgitta Niklasson (2020). “Covid-19 and Gender: A Necessary Connection in Diplomatic Studies”. Hague Journal of Diplomacy

Towns, Ann (2020). “Gender, Nation and the Generation of Cultural Difference Across ‘the West’” in Christian Reus-Smit and Andrew Phillips (eds). Culture and Order in World Politics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 271-293.


Aggestam, Karin and Ann Towns (2020). “The Gender Turn in Diplomacy: A New Research Agenda”. International Feminist Journal of Politics 21(1):9-28.

Aggestam, Lisbeth and Bicchi, Federica (2019). "New directions in EU foreign policy governance? Cross-loading, leadership and informal groupings". Journal 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.

Towns, Ann (2019). “Global Patterns and Debates in the Granting of Women’s Suffrage” in Susan Franceschet, Mona Lena Krook and Netina Tan, eds. Global Handbook on Women’s Political Rights. London: Palgrave MacMillan.


Jezierska, Katarzyna and Ann Towns (2018). “Taming Feminism? The Place of Gender Equality in the ‘Progressive Sweden’ Brand”. Place Branding & Public Diplomacy 14(1):55-63.


Aggestam, Karin and Ann Towns, eds. (2017). Gendering Diplomacy and International Negotiations. New York: Palgrave MacMillan.

Aggestam, Lisbeth and Johansson, Markus (2017). "The leadership paradox in EU foreign policy". Journal 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.

Niklasson, Birgitta and Ann Towns (2017). “Gender, status, and ambassador appointments to militarized and violent countries”, in Jennifer Cassidy, ed. Gender and Diplomacy. New York: Routledge, pp 100-119.

Towns, Ann and Bahar Rumelili (2017). “Taking the Pressure: Unpacking the Relation between Norms, Social Hierarchies and Social Pressures on States”. European Journal of International Relations 23(4):756-779.

Towns, Ann and Birgitta Niklasson (2017). “Gender, International Status, and Ambassador Appointments”. Foreign Policy Analysis 13, 521-540.

Towns, Ann, Anne-Kathrin Kreft and Birgitta Niklasson (2017). “The Empowerment of Women in Diplomacy”, in Amy Alexander, Catherine Bolzendahl and Farida Jalalzai (eds). Measuring Women’s Political Empowerment Across the Globe: Strategies, Challenges and Future Research. New York: Palgrave MacMillan.

Towns, Ann (2017). “Gender, Power and International Society,” in Tim Dunne and Christian Reus-Smit, eds. The Globalization of International Society. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.