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Ph.D. Fellow
University of Southern Denmark
What are your interests and areas of expertise in international relations?
Communication, Culture, Democracy, Diplomacy, Education, Globalization, Human Rights, Peace, Security, Technology, War
Tell everyone a little about yourself and what you hope to gain from the Global Ethics Network.
I am a PhD Fellow at the Centre for American Studies at the University of Southern Denmark, where I investigate the role of human rights in US foreign policy from the early 1980s up until today. I am also a columnist at Kongressen.com where i write about US diplomacy.

My research interests span a wide number of topics from American history to international relations a.o.: the history of American foreign relations, the role of Congress in US foreign policy, human rights, democracy promotion, humanitarian interventions, transatlantic relations, anti-Americanism and strategies of non-violent resistance.

I hold an MA in History from the University of Copenhagen and have studied American politics and international relations at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I am a Senior Fellow in the international human rights network Humanity in Action and a former Lantos Congressional-Fellow in the US House Foreign Affairs Committee

With GEN I hope to engage in inspiring interdisciplinary discussions on international relations and learn from the network.

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Should the U.S. Military Promote Democracy?

Posted on March 26, 2013 at 7:00am 0 Comments

The U.S. military doesn’t exactly have a perfect record when it comes to promoting democracy. Too often national interests – security, oil – have been given primacy over democratic values and human rights. The legacy of the Bush administrations has severely tainted the phrase democracy promotion and lead to a justified suspicion about promoting democracy by military force. However, the idea that the U.S. military should play a leading role in promoting democracy is far from…


People Power is Alive and Well (by Srdja Popovic)

Posted on March 25, 2013 at 4:30am 0 Comments

I thought I would share this optimistic blog post on the effect of the 'global people power revolution' in 2011 by Srdja Popovic - Executive director at Centre for Applied Nonviolent Actions and Strategies.

"Even as critics discuss and argue over the success or failure of these protests, I nevertheless see a paradigm shift. People have been awakened and are understanding power and obedience not in monolithic terms – where the head of state has top-down control that should…


What is life like for ordinary Afghans in Helmand?

Posted on February 10, 2013 at 12:00pm 3 Comments

This question is hard to answer. Because the news we receive about the situation in Afghanistan is thoroughly limited by the difficulties of portraying life outside the zones controlled by ISAF and the Afghan authorities. Western journalists’ ability to report on the situation on the ground in the areas where the fighting takes place is very limited, and when they do enter these areas their reporting is depended upon the ISAF forces which guarantee…


Bahrain and the responsibility of the international community

Posted on November 12, 2012 at 8:30am 0 Comments

Since February 2011 Bahrain has been the scene of ongoing protests. Protesters are calling for greater freedom and democracy, respect for human rights and the removal of the country’s self-imposed monarchy. So far the regime has responded with harsh crackdowns, imprisonments, and systematic torture. The regime proclaims that it is implementing reforms, but so far this has not happened. It even employs a number of western PR-companies to shape the international public opinion of the…


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The Crack-Up: The 1919 Elaine Massacre & the Struggle to Remember, with Nan Woodruff

The massacre in rural Elaine, Arkansas was one of the most violent episodes of 1919's Red Summer of racist confrontations, but it also remains one of the least-known. In this talk with historian Ted Widmer, Penn State's Professor Nan Woodruff explains the causes and how it fits in to the post-World War I context. Why are people still reluctant to speak about this massacre? How should we remember this dark chapter in American history?

The Individual & the Collective, Politics, & the UN, with Jean-Marie Guéhenno

Carnegie Council Senior Fellow Jean-Marie Guéhenno, former head of United Nations peacekeeping operations, discusses the tensions between the individual and the collective in a world filled with political tension, pervasive surveillance, and fear of risk. What is the role of the UN in this environment? How can we avoid the violent upheavals that marked other transitional phases in humanity?

A Russian Take on the Kurds and U.S. Foreign Policy

A Russian defense news site declared the United States an "unreliable ally" after the the withdrawal of American troops from Northern Syria. Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev connects this characterization to the need for leaders to connect a specific policy action to a larger, understandable narrative for the American public.





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