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Sten Rynning

Department of Political Science and Public Management


Ph.D. Sten Rynning is Professor and Vice Dean for Research at the Faculty of Business and Social Sciences at SDU.

Professor Sten Rynning founded the Center for War Studies at SDU in 2011 and headed it until 2019.

He has advised the commission of inquiry into the Danish decisions to enter the wars in Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq (2017-2019) and ambassador Peter Taksøe-Jensen’s official review of Danish Foreign Policy (2015-2016). He served on the official Norwegian Afghanistan Commission (2015-2016). He is the former president of the Nordic International Studies Association (2011-2015) and currently serves on several boards of academic institutions and journals, including the Danish Institute for International Studies and the editorial board of the European Journal of International Security, International Affairs, the Journal of Strategic Studies, the Journal of Transatlantic Studies, and the Scandinavian Journal of Military Studies.

He was a visiting fellow at NATO’s Defence College (NDC) in Rome in spring 2012, and has since regularly lectured at the NDC Senior Course and on occasion the NDC Generals, Flag Officers and Ambassadors course. In the spring of 2017, he was a scholar in residence at American University’s School of International Service, Washington, D.C.

Professor Sten Rynning is the author of numerous books and articles, including NATO in Afghanistan: The Liberal Disconnect (Stanford University Press 2012), co-author (with Theo Farrell and Terry Terriff) of Transforming Military Power since the Cold War: Britain, France, and the United States, 1991-2012 (Cambridge University Press 2013), editor of South Asia and the Great Powers: International Relations and Regional Security (IB Tauris 2017), and “The divide: France, Germany and political NATO,” International Affairs (issue 93/2, 2017, pp. 267-289). Along with John Deni he is the co-editor of a special issue on NATO at 70 in the Journal of Transatlantic Studies, published in April 2019 on the occasion of the Alliance’s anniversary.

Professor Sten Rynning’s research focuses on NATO and modern war.

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