The Ax:son Johnson Institute (AJI) is a four-university, transatlantic consortium, which in collaboration with the Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation for Public Benefit, aims to recruit, train, and mentor the next generation of historically minded scholars and practitioners in statecraft, diplomacy and strategy.

As well as the Centre for Geopolitics here at Cambridge, the consortium comprises the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington D.C., the Centre for Geopolitics in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London, and the Center for Statecraft and Strategic Communication at the Stockholm School of Economics.

AJI has been core to the early years of the Centre for Geopolitics, not least due to the generous funding that has allowed us to recruit three postdoctoral research associates for two-year placements. Thanks to AJI, we are now in the process of recruiting three more ‘postdocs’ to come on board when the current placements end in 2024.

Meanwhile, AJI further supports three PhD students affiliated with the Centre, namely Taif Alkhudary, researching state-building and social movements in Iraq; Moez Hayat, studying the nature of diplomacy among Southeast Asian nations; and Quah Say Jye, looking at post-colonial socialism in Southeast Asia.