Ny ph.d.-studerende: Nikolaj K. Andersen

Nikolaj K. Andersen er nye ph.d.-studerende i afdelingen for International Politik. I sit ph.d.-projekt undersøger han mulighederne for en neoliberal analyse af Kinas udenrigspolitik.

04.09.2017 | Ingrid Marie Fossum

My name is Nikolaj K. Andersen and as of September 1st, I have the pleasure of being a new 5+3 PhD student in the International Relations section. I hold an MA in International Studies and a BA in History of Ideas, both from Aarhus University.

While I started my academic life studying the classics of philosophy, I quickly fostered a passion for political and international affairs. My areas of interest have moved accordingly from more philosophical topics, such as Just War Theory and international norms (especially on weapons of mass destruction), to the more traditional schools of international relations. Over the course of my master’s program, I had a special emphasis on East Asian affairs which was complimented by an internship at the Royal Danish Embassy in Tokyo. The MA program was concluded with an analysis of President Obama’s rebalance to Asia, which I analyzed using a synthesis of neoliberal institutionalism (Ikenberry) and neorealism (Mearsheimer).

For my PhD project, I will explore the possibilities of a neoliberal analysis of Chinese foreign policy, centered on the concept of liberal order. In other words: Is it meaningful to speak of China as the current architect of a developing liberal regional order, based on interdependence and international institutions, in Asia? Naturally, such an argument would assume the possibility of a liberal order devoid of any regime preference towards democracy. The project is supervised by Tonny Brems Knudsen and Derek Beach.

When I’m not buried in books, I often find myself immersed in strategy or fantasy games, volunteering in church, or singing in my band. Be advised: I’m in some circles known as “den Østjyske Jukebox”.

I look forward to getting to know all you folks at the department. Please stop by my office (1332, 223) for a chat – I know this great place just up the aisle that serves free coffee. 

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