Postdoc Project

September 1st, 2017, I began a new postdoc project as part of the collective research project "The fight for food 1914-1918". The collective project examines how Denmark during First World War balanced its policy of neutrality with its trade with food, but also how organizing and administrating the production and distribution of food gave impulses to the creation of the welfare state. My subproject, "The fight for neutrality", focuses on Danish foreign trade and diplomacy, including a comparation with other neutral countries policies and practicies in this area. The project is led by Henriette Buus, ph.d. og Director of Greve Museum/Mosede Fort. Publications are exptected in 2019-2020.

Postdoc Project

In 2014-2017 I was a postdoc at the University of Copenhagen. My research project, funded by the Carlsberg Foundation, focused on the role of the Christian Churches in international diplomacy. In particular, I was studying the World Council of Churhces' contribution to détente during the Cold War, 1945-1975. My results will be published in the forthcoming years, including as part of an international 5-volume publication on the history of the ecumenical movement, translated into ten languages.


PhD Thesis

The Trilateral Commission is an elite network of distinguished citizens in the fields of politics, business, media and academia – from North America, Western Europe and Japan. In 2012, as the first researcher ever, I was granted access to the Commission's archives, and have just successfully defended my PhD Thesis on the work of the Trilateral Commission, 1972-1982. The thesis focuses on the significance of the Commission for how we understand modern, informal governance and diplomacy. In 2016 it was published in book form by Routledge: The Trilateral Commission and Global Governance. Informal Elite Diplomacy, 1972-1982 and won the prize for the best book in 2016 on transatlantic relations, awarded by the Cambridge University Press and the Transatlantic Studies Association. Read more. 



 The dissertation can be ordered from the Royal Library in Denmark. Hopefully it will be published in book form in 2014. 



Master Thesis

The Cold War was, to a large extent, an ideological conflict, a battle for the hearts and minds of people. The two superpowers, the USA and the USSR, both tried to turn the Europeans in favor of their own, respective social systems. Especially, they tried to influence the labor movement and the particular segment that the Americans labeled “the Non-Communist Left”. In my thesis, I investigate how the Americans (both authorities and trade union movement) influenced the Danish trade union movement through the Marshall Aid. How the international trade union movement was split up and the Danes were closely bound up with the Americans, including how 150 Danish trade unionists traveled to the USA to become educated in productivity and “the American way of life”, as well as how the Americans influenced the Danish labor movement through propaganda.



  - The thesis comes out, edited and expanded, as a book at Museum Tusculanums Press in the fall 2011.



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