In 2014-2016 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. I will publish my results in 2017.
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. Read more.
The dissertation can be ordered from the Royal Library in Denmark. Hopefully it will be published in book form in 2014.
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.