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Centre for Geopolitics

Providing historically-grounded approaches to enduring geopolitical problems.
 
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The Centre for Geopolitics is pleased to announce its membership of the Ax:son Johnson Institute for Statecraft and Diplomacy (AJI), dedicated to supporting and mentoring the next generation of historically-minded scholars and practitioners in statecraft, strategy, and diplomacy.

Generously supported by the Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation for Public Benefit, AJI is a collaboration between the Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation for Public Benefit and a four-university transatlantic consortium of the Centre for Geopolitics at the University of Cambridge, the Centre for Grand Strategy in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London, the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and the Center for Statecraft and Political Communication at the Stockholm School of Economics.

 

“The Ax:son Johnson Institute for Statecraft and Diplomacy grant is a game-changer for the Centre of Geopolitics here at Cambridge. This generous donation, especially the support for PhD students and post-doctoral researchers, will enable us to ensure that there is a steady pipeline of younger scholars coming through, working on subjects which have long been relatively neglected by the academy. Particularly welcome is the collaboration with distinguished colleagues in the UK, US and Sweden whose expertise complements our own.”

- Brendan Simms, Director of the Centre for Geopolitics and Professor of the History of International Relations

 

Over the next four years, the Centre for Geopolitics at the University of Cambridge will offer three PhD studentships and up to six postdoctoral fellowships dedicated to AJI’s mission. Our role will be to help nurture a generation of scholars who play an active role in society, to revive academic interest in statecraft, develop knowledge of diplomacy and international relations, and support stable states. As part of the larger consortium, we will develop novel training, publishing opportunities, and collaborative approaches that will enrich our intellectual communities and strengthen our collective ability to address pressing international problems. 

Together we have founded AJI as academia and policymakers face a critical juncture in their approach to problem solving global problems. The complex challenges confronting the international community today create a tremendous demand for policy solutions informed by the historically-informed study of strategy and diplomacy. In response, AJI seeks to foster an international, intellectual community of faculty, PhD, and Postdoctoral Fellows focusing on statecraft, diplomacy, and strategy to teach the next generation of historically-minded scholars and practitioners.

Our partnership in the AJI consortium opens exciting opportunities for transatlantic collaboration. We encourage those passionate about historically-minded scholarship to join us!

 

About the Foundation

The Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation for Public Benefit, is a foundation based in Stockholm devoted to funding and supporting scholarly research, and in particular the advancement of international, interdisciplinary debate in the humanities and social sciences, to the benefit of Sweden and the international community.

 

Applications

For further details on applying for a studentship please visit the Postgraduate Funding site: Ax:son Johnson PhD studentships - Postgraduate Funding Search (cam.ac.uk)