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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 areas

  • 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 interventions
  • The future of the liberal world order
  • Leadership and the EU's foreign policy collaborations
  • Diaspora and foreign policy.

Series of seminars

The Department of Political Science has a regular series of seminars on international politics, which meet throughout the academic year, the IP Seminar. 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.



Lisbeth Aggestam is editor of the leading international journal in foreign policy analysis - Foreign Policy Analysis - which is published by the International Studies Association (ISA) and Oxford University Press.

Selected publications


Brommesson, Douglas, Ann-Marie Ekengren and Anna Michalski (2022). "Sweden's Policy of Neutrality. Success through Flexibility?" In de la Porte, Caroline et al. (eds). Successful Public Policy in the Nordic Countries. Cases, Lessons, Challenges. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Di Salvatore, J., Lundgren, M., Oksamytna K., and Smidt, H (2022). ”Introducing the Peacekeeping Mandates (PEMA) Dataset”. Journal of Conflict Resolution.

Ekengren, Ann-Marie och Brommesson, Douglas (red.) (2022). Sverige i världen. Om utrikespolitiskt beslutsfattande. Malmö: Gleerups. Fjärde upplagan. Första upplagan 2007, andra upplagan 2011 och tredje upplagan 2017.

Lundgren, M. & Klamberg M. (2022). ”Selective Attention: The United Nations Security Council and Armed Conflict”. British Journal of Political Science.


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.

Jepsen, H., Lundgren, M., Monheim, K., Walker, H. (2021). Negotiating the Paris Agreement: The Insider Stories. Cambridge University Press.

Koliev, F & Lundgren, M (2021). ”Visiting the hegemon: Explaining diplomatic visits to the United States”. Research & Politics.

Lundgren, M., Oksamytna, K., and Bove, V. (2021). ”Politics or Performance? Leadership Accountability in UN peackeeeping”. Journal of Conflict Resolution.

Lundgren, M., Oksamytna, K., and Coleman, K. (2021). ”Only as Fast as Its Troop Contributors: Incentives, Capabilities, and Constraints in the UN’s Peacekeeping Response”. Journal of Peace Research.

Lundgren, M., Klamberg, M., Sundström, K., Dahlqvist, J. (2021). ”Emergency Powers in Response to Covid-19: Policy Diffusion, Democracy, and Preparedness”. Nordic Journal of Human Rights.

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

Sommerer, T, Squatrito, T, Tallberg, J, and Lundgren, M (2021). "Decision-making in international organizations: institutional design and performance". Review of International Organizations.


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". 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.

Ekengren, Ann-Marie, Fredrik D Hjorthen och Ulrika Möller (2020). “A Non-Permanent Seat in the United Nations Security Council: Why Bother?” Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations, Vol 26, No 1: 21–45.

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.

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