Anders Wivel

Anders Wivel


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.

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Member of the Department of Political Science research group on International Relations. Cooperates on a regular basis with Centre for Military Studies (CMS).

Head of PhD programme

Office hours in Spring 2023: By appointment.

Selected publications

  1. Published

    Polarity in International Relations: Past, Present, Future

    Græger, Nina (ed.), Heurlin, Bertel (ed.), Wæver, Ole (ed.) & Wivel, Anders (ed.), 15 Sep 2022, Palgrave Macmillan. 428 p. (Palgrave studies in governance, security, and development).

    Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

  2. Published

    Charismatic Leadership in Foreign Policy

    Wivel, Anders & Grøn, C. H., 2021, In: International Affairs. 92, 2, p. 365-383 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articlepeer-review

  3. Published

    The Grand Strategies of Small States

    Wivel, Anders, 2021, The Oxford Handbook of Grand Strategy. Balzacq, T. & Krebs, R. R. (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press, p. 490-505 16 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

  4. Published

    The Oxford Handbook of Peaceful Change in International Relations

    Paul, T. V. (ed.), Larson, D. W. (ed.), Trinkunas, H. A. (ed.), Wivel, Anders (ed.) & Emmers, R. (ed.), 2021, Oxford: Oxford University Press. 778 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthologyResearchpeer-review

  5. Published

    Small State Diplomacy after the Corona Crisis

    Pedi, R. & Wivel, Anders, 26 Oct 2020, In: The Hague Journal of Diplomacy. 15, 4, p. 611-623

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articlepeer-review

  6. Published

    Soft Balancing, Institutions, and Peaceful Change

    Wivel, Anders & Paul, T. V., 2020, In: Ethics and International Affairs. 34, 4, p. 473-485

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articlepeer-review

  7. Published

    Handbook on the Politics of Small States

    Baldacchino, G. (ed.) & Wivel, Anders (ed.), 2020, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing. 448 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthologyResearchpeer-review

  8. Published

    International Institutions and Power Politics: Bridging the Divide

    Wivel, Anders (ed.) & Paul, T. V. (ed.), 2019, Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press. 268 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthologyResearchpeer-review

  9. Published

    Punching above their weight, but why? Explaining Denmark and Estonia in the transatlantic relationship

    Wivel, Anders & Crandall, M., 2019, In: Journal of Transatlantic Studies. 17, 3, p. 392-419

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articlepeer-review

  10. Published

    The Power of Peaceful Change: The Crisis of the European Union and the Rebalancing of Europe’s Regional Order

    Wivel, Anders & Wæver, Ole, 1 Jun 2018, In: International Studies Review. 20, 2, p. 317-325

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articlepeer-review

  11. Published

    How do small island states maximize influence? Creole diplomacy and the smart state foreign policy of the Seychelles

    Bueger, Christian & Wivel, Anders, 4 May 2018, In: Journal of the Indian Ocean Region. 14, 2, p. 170-188

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articlepeer-review

  12. Published

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

    Wivel, Anders, 2017, In: Peace Review. 29, 4; Peace Journalism, p. 489-496 9.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articlepeer-review

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