Prudent foreign policy and constructivism all the way down (DIIS)

Samuel Barkin’s ‘Realist Constructivism’ has often been read as a way to synthesise realist theory and constructivist meta-theory. Guzzini argues that it is better understood as an attempt to combine realist foreign policy doctrine with constructivist theory. It is an invitation to explore constructivism as the theoretical backbone to inform a prudent foreign policy. Indeed, this DIIS Working Paper argues that a constructivist foreign policy doctrine informs realises the aim of prudence just as well, if not better, as realist maxims.

Stefano Guzzini

Western military interventions in West Africa’s Sahel region risk producing the dangers they aim to abate (DIIS)

On 6 September 2019 the Danish government presented its new plan for increasing the Danish military contribution to the fight against transnational terrorism in the Sahel region through support to the French counter-terror operation, Barkhane, and the UN mission, MINUSMA.

Signe Marie Cold-Ravnkilde

Book on emotions and mass atrocity now in paperback (DIIS)

The study of genocide and mass atrocity abounds with references to emotions like fear, shame, horror, and hatred. Yet scholars interested in the causes and dynamics of such violence have given surprisingly little attention to the emotions themselves. Historians and social scientists have often insisted that explanations of genocide and mass atrocity should be sought at the social and political levels, not in the hidden recesses of individual psychology. But emotions are not merely individual psychological phenomena; they are also powerful social and political forces, deeply involved in the history of mass violence.

Johannes Lang

Paperback out: Hope and uncertainty in contemporary African Migration (DIIS)

How can we understand that African migrants set out for – sometimes dangerous – journeys when Western and African governments alike tell them to stay home? The edited volume Hope and uncertainty in contemporary African migration approaches this question from a migrant perspective, examining the relationship between hope, mobility, and immobility in African migration.

Nauja Kleist

Achieving a sustainable peace in Yemen lies with locally driven initiatives (DIIS)

The conflict in Yemen will not be solved by a peace agreement between the Houthis and the internationally recognized government due to the increased fragmentation of internal political and economic structures.

Maria-Louise Clausen

Does blended finance work? (DIIS)

Many bilateral and multilateral development cooperation providers express rising interest in blended finance approaches as a means of mobilizing additional resources for sustainable development.  However, there is a gap between the enthusiasm in pursuing these approaches and the available evidence base on their effectiveness.


Promoting development effectiveness in the Agenda 2030 era by DIIS

Improving coordination among aid providers has long been an important prescription for more effective development cooperation. It is considered a means of reducing inefficiencies in aid delivery and contributing to stronger country level ownership of cooperation programmes. Coordination is not an end in itself, but a means to realizing joint action, such as analysis, division of labour or joint financing. Obstacles to fostering coordination exist on both sides of the development cooperation relationship. The changed setting for development cooperation characterized by growing diversity of goals, actors and approaches presents additional coordination challenges.

Erik Lundsgaarde & Niels Keijzer