Global Politics and Security

The Programme for Global Politics and Security (GPS) examines how people and societies are becoming increasingly interconnected and dependent of one another. The dependence goes beyond borders and is often of global scale. Global politics are also defined by a larger amount of actor categories with increasingly complicated relationships

This can lead to both collaboration between actors, but also friction between states, logics and priorities. Lately, we have seen the emerge of new types of borders, often defined by identity politics and nationalism. The global area is a constantly topical, ever changing field of research. The research within the programme aims to understand the global arena from different theoretical perspectives and contains a range of empirical fields. A common feature in the programme research is that it is problem focused and strives towards new empirical knowledge and theory development. Through research and seminars, as well as the Institute’s editorial department, the programme wants to contribute to the spread of knowledge and societal debate of global issues.

GPS has traditionally functioned as an umbrella for a number of research projects, differing in terms of theoretical perspectives and topics. Thus, the programme has always contained a relatively broad spectrum of subjects.

Collaboration and networks
Through the programme’s researchers, GPS has a large network of national and international collaborators. These collaborations are very important for the research and includes, among others, the School of Global Studies at the University of Gothenburg.

The programme works closely with the Institute's editors as part of the production of UI's magazine Världspolitikens Dagsfrågor (in Swedish) and its forum for analysis and opinion utrikesmagasinet.se (in Swedish and English) and the country database  Landguiden.se (in Swedish).

Research projects

UI's other programmes and centres


Middle East and North Africa


Stockholm Centre for Eastern European Studies

Swedish National China Centre


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