Morten Skumsrud Andersen
Morten S. Andersen is a Senior Research Fellow and Head of the Research group on Global order and Diplomacy. In addition to a focus on theoretical and methodological aspects of International Relations, his research concerns how relations of power and dominance between states have evolved and been legitimated over time. In this, he focuses particularly on hierarchy and empires and on international conceptual history.
Andersen is currently taking part in the project A Conceptual History of International Relations (CHOIR). He is also applying these research topics to an analysis of Colombian foreign policy and global order for the projects Undermining Hegemony and Evaluating Power Political Repertoires (EPOS), and to foreign acquisitions and investments for the project Consequences of Investments for National Security (COINS).
In 2016, Andersen earned his PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). The dissertation is entitled “A Genealogy of the Balance of Power” and is a history of how this concept starts off as a way of preserving a supposed European commonwealth, but then becomes a notion that makes possible the denial of the existence of any such thing as “international society” in favour of a state-centric vision of international affairs. He here shows how that confusing origin and subsequent history defines the parameters of contemporary debates about “the balance of power” in International Relations.
2016 PhD, The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Title of PhD thesis: A genealogy of the balance of power.
2008 MSc International Relations; London School of Economics
2006 Bachelor in international politics, University of Oslo/Universidad Externado de Colombia
2003 Latin American studies, Universidad de Costa Rica
2022 - Head of the Research Group on Global Order and Diplomacy, NUPI
2008 - Research fellow/Doctotal Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow, NUPI
Publications All publications
Publication : Scientific article | 2022
This article investigates the puzzling case of the unsolicited rocket: a Norwegian research establishment successfully developed a weapon system that1
Publication : Report | 2021
Etter tusenårsskiftet har åpne økonomier i økende takt satt i gang prosesser for å vurdere risikoen av utenlandsinvesteringer. Bakgrunnen for dette e1
Publication : Editorial | 2021
Som et relativt lite og åpent land mottar Norge mange utenlandske investeringer. Noen av disse kan skape sikkerhetsutfordinger. «Vi anser dette som e1
Publication : Kronikk | 2020
A recent survey shows that even the champions of free trade in Europe’s high north are reassessing their approach to Chinese investment.
Publication : Report | 2020
With long-dominant structures in flux, European states – and perhaps smaller ones in particular – are now forced to rethink their foreign policy appr1
Projects All projects
Research project | 2021 - 2024 (Ongoing)
Do liberal-democratic states yield to public criticism by China? ANGER approaches this question by focusing on China's use of "anger diplomacy" - public, vehement displays at the state ...
Research project | 2020 - 2025 (Ongoing)
Does investing in roads and railroads in another country generate increased political influence? ROADS seeks to answer this question by zooming in on China´s role in building high-speed railways (HSR)...
Research project | 2019 - 2023 (Ongoing)
How can liberal open societies reap the benefits of open economies, but at the same time protect their legitimate security interests? In the project “Consequences of Investments for National Security”...
Research project | 2019 - 2021 (Completed)
This project aims to employ diverse theoretical perspectives to enhance our understanding of the development of new technology, and its consequences and implications for Norwegian security and defence...
Research project | 2019 - 2020 (Completed)
COMFEAR aims to identify key issues of common concern and shared threats as perceived by publics and policymakers in Czechia and Norway....
Events All events
EventThu 6 Dec 2018Time: 13:15 Europe/Oslo | Location: NUPI
Neil Ketchley will discuss his latest article on the diffusion of protest in a population.
EventSun 10 Jun 2018Time: 13:15 Europe/Oslo | Location: NUPI
Why has the relationship between Russia and China experienced a positive change?