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21st June 2021, 18.00 – 18.30: Conversation between Professor Charles Kupchan and Dr Niels Bjerre-Poulsen about the question “What will be the main challenges for Biden’s foreign policy? “.

Moderated by Professor Trine Flockhart, Co-director of CWS.

President Biden has declared that “America is back” and that ‘domestic policy is foreign policy’. But what does this mean and what can we expect from the United States over the next three and a half years on some of the many global challenges, pernicious crises, and big issues. Charles Kupchan and Niels Bjerre-Poulsen will discuss what will be the main challenges for Biden’s foreign policy objectives and how well positioned is he to meet them? 

Charles Kupchan is Professor of International Affairs in the School of Foreign Service and Government Department at Georgetown University, and Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. From 2014 to 2017 Kupchan served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for European Affairs on the National Security Council in the Obama White House. He was also Director for European Affairs on the NSC during the first Clinton administration. Before joining the Clinton NSC, he worked in the U.S. Department of State on the Policy Planning Staff. Previously, he was Assistant Professor of Politics at Princeton University. His many publications include No One’s World: The West, the Rising Rest, and the Coming Global Turn (2012), How Enemies Become Friends: The Sources of Stable Peace (2010). He has served as a visiting scholar at Harvard University’s Center for International Affairs, Columbia University’s Institute for War and Peace Studies, the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London, the Centre d’Etude et de Recherches Internationales in Paris, and the Institute for International Policy Studies in Tokyo. During 2006-2007, he was the Henry A. Kissinger Scholar at the Library of Congress and was a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. During 2013-2014, he was a Senior Fellow at the Transatlantic Academy. Read more about Charles Kupchan here.

Niels Bjerre-Poulsen is Associate Professor at the Center for American Studies, University of Southern Denmark. His research is primarily focused on American political culture, U.S. foreign relations, and the American presidency. He holds a PhD degree in American History from University of California, Santa Barbara. Prior to joining the faculty at University of Southern Denmark, Niels Bjerre-Poulsen was an Associate Professor at the Copenhagen Business School, where he was also served as the Director of the Center for the Study of the Americas. In the spring of 2019, Bjerre-Poulsen was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Marist College and at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum. From 2005-2007, he served as President of the Nordic Association for American Studies. In 2015 Bjerre-Poulsen was awarded University of Southern Denmark’s prize for research dissemination, and in 2017, his book Vietnamkrigen – en International Historie 1945- 1975 (2015) was awarded the Sven Henningsen Prize by the Danish Society for Contemporary History. Since 1998, he has appeared more than 1400 times in Danish television and radio programs to discuss American politics, elections, and cultural issues.



Register by sending an email to Amelie Theussen ( by Sunday 20 June. The link to the webinar will be sent out to registered participants on the morning of 21 June.

Editing was completed: 21.06.2021