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Susi Dennison

Director of European Power programme

Languages: English and French
Areas of Expertise: Areas of expertise: European foreign and security policy strategy; politics, political movements and cohesion within the EU; Flexible Union, European refugee and migration policy; human rights, democracy and justice.

Susi Dennison is a senior policy fellow at ECFR and director of the European Power programme.

At ECFR, she leads the European Power programme, which focuses on the strategy, politics and governance of European foreign policy, at this challenging moment for the international liberal order. She takes a particular interest in human rights, rule of law and justice issues and the EU response to the refugee crisis. She previously led ECFR’s foreign policy Scorecard project for five years, and worked with the MENA programme on North Africa.

 Before joining ECFR in 2010, Susi worked for Amnesty International, carrying out advocacy on human rights protection and promotion in the EU's relationship with Africa, Asia, and the Americas.  Susi began her career in HM Treasury in the United Kingdom. There she held a range of positions, including in the EU Co-ordination and Strategy team during the Convention on the Future of Europe, advising on prison, probation and migration policy in the run-up to the 2004 wave of accession to the EU, on enterprise in disavantaged areasand in the Private Office of the Chief Secretary to Treasury.


Latest from Susi Dennison

  • Decision time for Afghanistan (Commentary)

    Susi Dennison - 17 September 2010

    If the EU wants to be a credible promoter of democracy, it needs to highlight the achievement of holding elections in Afghanistan, rather than dwell too long on the undoubted imperfections. Many Afghans are taking part in the elections despite the danger of violence and concerns about corruption, and the polls are not just being imposed by the outside world.

    A crisis of values? (Commentary)

    Susi Dennison - 18 August 2010

    The economic crisis has unquestionably dented the credibility of the liberal international order and caused a Europe-wide identity crisis. But, Susi Dennison argues, it would be a dangerous time for the EU to abandon its values, principles and approach to international relations. The economic crisis is already big enough; the last thing Europe needs is an existential one too.

    EU-Cuba: Time for a change of mindset? (Commentary)

    Susi Dennison - 12 June 2010

    The EU's position on Cuba will be discussed at the upcoming Foreign Affairs Council, and the debate is likely to be heated. But beyond the arguments the EU can learn lessons from its relations with Cuba: strong-arm tactics don't work, realism is important, and the EU's approach is out of date.

    Are sanctions enough? (Commentary)

    Susi Dennison - 25 April 2010

    The EU's common position on Burma is up for renegotiation. Sanctions might not be effective, but are they the only option the EU has?

    The price of principle (Commentary)

    Susi Dennison - 06 April 2010

    Attention turns once again to Sri Lanka this week as the country gears up for its parliamentary elections. The EU recently decided to stop treating Sri Lanka as a preferential trading partner. What does this mean for Sri Lanka, and does it affect the EU?s clout in standing up for human rights around the world?