15 January 2016

Rebecca Adler-Nissen new member of European foreign policy think tank


Associate Professor Rebecca Adler-Nissen, Department of Political Science, has been appointed a member of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR). The internationally respected think tank gathers Europe’s leading capacities in foreign policy, including former and current ministers, activists, intellectuals and scholars such as Carl Bildt, Javier Solana, Timothy Garton Ash and Lykke Friis, prorector at the University of Copenhagen (UCPH).

Rebecca Adler-Nissen’s research has had a significant impact on international relations and the EU in recent years. It has now paved the way for her membership of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), which is a leading independent think tank devoted to cutting-edge research and stimulating meetings between policy-makers, activists and intellectuals. As a member of ECFR she will join a high-level debate on Europe’s role in the world. 

Photo: Lars Svankjær

“I am looking forward to contributing to the analysis of Europe’s challenges today. I am also honored to join conversations with the other members, including ministers and NGOs and happy to be able to discuss my new research on diplomacy in the information age. The ECFR has a broad network with offices across Europe, in Brussels, Berlin, London, Madrid, Paris, Sofia and Warsaw, which is valuable for our ability to analyze the political dynamics in the EU,” says Rebecca Adler-Nissen.  

Director of a new research project

In December 2015 Rebecca Adler-Nissen received an ERC Starting Grant of DKK 11 million from the European Research Council (ERC) for a five-year research project ‘Diplomatic Face-Work: Between Confidential Negotiations and Public Display'.

Facebook, Twitter and 24-hour news coverage put diplomats and state leaders on constant display. The project will explore how they reconcile the need for close-door negotiations based on trust with the intensifying demands for more transparency. The research will combine participant observation, interviews and analysis of Facebook, Twiiter and the 24/7 media coverage of foreign policy events, generating new insights into 21st century diplomacy. Rebecca Adler-Nissen will direct the project and its team of five scholars. Ayse Zarakol from the University of Cambridge, UK, is a partner in the project.

Awarded the Nils Klim Prize last spring

In the spring of 2015 Rebecca Adler-Nissen was awarded the Nordic Nils Klim Prize. She received the prize for her theoretical and methodological renewal of the discipline of International Relations and her findings about sovereignty, European integration and diplomacy.

In the last years, Rebecca Adler-Nissen has received a string of international prizes, including for her book on European integration ‘Opting Out of the European Union: Diplomacy, Sovereignty and European Integration’. The book provides the first in-depth account of how opt-outs work in practice.

Associate Professor, PhD
Rebecca Adler-Nissen
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