Associate Professor, department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen

Anders Wivel’s research focuses especially on the foreign- and security policies of smaller European countries. He is particularly interested in studying which strategic possibilities the EU-membership provides the countries with, in relation to maximixing their influence. Apart from that he focuses on the Transatlantic relationship.

Current research

The Presence of the Past: Theorizing on the Interplay of Past and Present Geopolitics in Contemporary Foreign Policy – research project in collaboration with Hans Mouritzen, DIIS, financed by the FSE. Focuses on the interaction between current and past geopolicy in the foreign policy of the European countries. The project runs from 2008 through 2011.
Strategies in the American World Order: Lost Power – book project in collaboration with Peter Toft and Birthe Hansen, University of Copenhagen. The project studies European strategies in the American world order. The book is expected to be published by Routledge in 2008.

Listed here are the Europe related publications by the researcher. For a complete list of publications please refer to the Department for Political Science.

(2014) 'Georgia and Moldova: Caught in the outskirts of Europe?' with Maria Ruxandra Lupu Dinesen, in Clive Archer, Alyson Bailes and Anders Wivel (eds.) Small States and International Security: Europe and Beyond, London: Routledge: 149-166.
(2013) 'A pace-setter out of sync? Danish foreign, security and defence policy and the European Union', in Lee Miles & Anders Wivel (eds.) Denmark and the European Union. London: Routledge, pp. 80-94.
(2013) Denmark and the European Union med Lee Miles, London: Routhledge.
(2012) Danmark, Europa, Verden – international politik i det 21. århundrede. København: Gyldendal
(2012) 'Optimizing small state interests in the European Union: lessons from the past, prospects for the future', Latvia's Interests in the European Union 2012/3: 46-53, Latvian Association of Political Scientists.
(2012) Explaining Foreign Policy: International Diplomacy and the Russo-Georgian War with Hans Mouritzen. Boulder: Lynne Rienner.
(2011) 'Maximizing Influence in the European Union after the Lisbon Treaty: From Small State Policy to Smart State Strategy' with Caroline Grøn, Journal of European Integration, 33(5): 523-539.
(2010) Small States in Europe med Robert Steinmetz (ed.). UK & USA: Ashgate
(2008) 'Balancing against threats or bandwagoning with power? Europe and the transatlantic relationship after the Cold War', Cambridge Review of International Affairs, 21(3): 289-305.
(2008) 'Europe in the American World Order: Balancing or Socialization' with Birthe Hansen (ed.), Cambridge Review of International Affairs, 21(3): 287-346.
(2006) 'Small States in the European Union: What Do We Know and What Would We Like to Know?' with Baldur Thorhallsson, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, 19(4): 651-668.
(2005) The Geopolitics of Euro-Atlantic Integration with Hans Mouritzen. London: Routledge.
(2005) 'The Security Challenge of Small EU Member States: Interests, Identity and the Development of the EU as a Security Actor', Journal of Common Market Studies, 43(2): 393-412.
(2005) Between Paradise and Power: Denmark's Transatlantic Dilemma. Security Dialogue, 36(3): 417-421.
(2004) 'The Power Politics of Peace: Exploring the Link between Globalization and European Integration from a Realist Perspective', Cooperation and Conflict, 39(1): 5-25.
(2003) "Danmark og forsvarsforbeholdet - 10 år efter", Nyt Syn på Europa, 8(1): 6-7.
(2003) "Anmeldelse af Sieglinde Gstöhl: 'Reluctant Europeans: Norway, Sweden and Switzerland in the Process of Integration'", International Affairs, 79(1): 206-207.
(2002) "Danmarks sidste formandskab?: Institutionelle dilemmaer og magtpolitiske udfordringer for Europas småstater", Politologiske studier, 5(4): 11-23.
(2002) 'Realism, Globalisation and European Integration', Institut for Statskundskab.
(2001) "Anmeldelse af Erik Holm: 'The European Anarchy: Europe's Hard Road into High Politics'", Politologiske studier, 4(3): 103-105.
(2001) 'Review of T. Bergman & E. Damgard (eds.): 'Delegation and Accountability in European Integration: The Nordic Parliamentary Democracies and the European Union'', Journal of Common Market Studies, 39(1): 190-19
(2000) The Integration Spiral. International Security and European Integration 1945-1999, Copenhagen: Institut for Statskundskab.
(2000) 'Theory and Prospects for Northern Europe's Small States', Cooperation and Conflict, 35(3): 331-340.


  • –present
    Associate Professor, department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen