Languages: English and French
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 the European Council on Foreign Relations and the director of ECFR's European Power programme. Her topics of focus include human rights, rule of law and justice issues, and the EU's response to the 2015 refugee crisis.
At ECFR, Dennison 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 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, Dennison worked for Amnesty International, where she focused on human rights protection and strengthening EU ties with Africa, Asia, and the Americas. She began her career in HM Treasury in the United Kingdom. There she held a range of positions, including with the EU Co-ordination and Strategy team during the Convention on the Future of Europe, where she advised on prison, probation and migration policy in the run-up to the 2004 wave of accession to the EU. Dennison has also advised on enterprise in disadvantaged regions and served in the Private Office of the Chief Secretary to the Treasury.
Susi Dennison - 16 December 2010
There are two important lessons to be learned from last month's EU-Africa summit. First, Europe needs to reassert its diplomatic clout after a post-Lisbon period of uncertainty. Second, it needs to think more cleverly about how to promote its values in a world where our economic and political models are no longer unquestioningly accepted.
Susi Dennison - 30 November 2010
The first round of Egypt's elections suffered from irregularities and unfair competition, yet this received little coverage abroad. This must change, especially if Egypt is to be thought of as a benchmark for political progress in the wider Middle East.
Susi Dennison - 26 November 2010
The EU-Africa summit is taking place in Libya. The country's lengthy history of human rights abuses put EU leaders in a difficult position over simple questions such as whether to attend. EU leaders should now put pressure on Colonel Gaddafi by posing difficult questions and backing this up with meaningful sanctions rather than just lip service.
Susi Dennison - 08 October 2010
China's anger over the award of the Nobel peace prize to Liu Xiaobo leaves the EU with a hard question to answer: Should it stick to its human rights principles or should it look to compromise on its values in pursuit of the world's most important rising power?
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.
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.
Susi Dennison - 12 June 2010The 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.
by Susi Dennison, Mark Leonard, and Pawel Zerka
With Teresa Coratella, Josef Janning, Andrzej Mendel-Nykorowycz, and José Ignacio Torreblanca - 19th June, 2019
The results of the European election confront EU leaders with a considerable challenge: navigating a new, more fragmented, and polarised political environment
by Susi Dennison, Mark Leonard, Adam Lury - 16th May, 2019
Support for membership of the European Union is currently high, but so too is pessimism about the future of the European project.
by Kevin Cunningham, Simon Hix, and Michael Marsh, with Susi Dennison - 23rd April, 2019
The next European Parliament will be finely balanced between the left bloc of socialists and greens, the European People’s Party, and anti-European parties.
A political tsunami is on the horizon driven by more referenda - meet the insurgent parties calling for them.
This week, Ulrike Franke is filling in for the regular host Mark Leonard to discuss the stories behind the media headlines in the aftermath of the EU elections. She is joined by Simon Hix, Pro-Director for Research and the Harold Laski Professor of Political Science at the London School of Economics, Susi Dennison, senior policy fellow and the director of ECFR's European Power programme and Pawel Zerka, policy fellow and programme coordinator of the European Power programme at ECFR. They speak about the crumbling political centre, the Green wave and what young voters have to do with it, and bet on who will become the next president of the European Commission.
The podcast was recorded on Monday, 3 June 2019.
Podcast de notre BCM du 28 mai « Ce que veulent les citoyens européens : un bilan des élections européennes » en présence de Susi Dennison, directrice du programme Europe Puissance de l’ECFR, Pierre Vimont, ancien diplomate et chercheur associé à Carnegie Europe, Pawel Zerka, coordinateur du programme Europe Puissance de l’ECFR, et modéré par Laure Mandeville, écrivaine et reporter au Figaro.
Podcast de notre conférence du 24 avril « L'avenir de la démocratie en Europe » en partenariat avec la Revue Esprit, en présence d’Ivan Krastev, président du Centre for Liberal Strategies et co-fondateur de l’ECFR, Vincent Martigny, chercheur associé au Centre de recherches politiques de Science Po, Susi Dennison, directrice du programme Europe Puissance de l’ECFR et de Tara Varma, directrice adjointe du bureau de Paris de l'ECFR.
Podcast de notre BCM du 10 avril « L’état des opinions européennes à l’aube des élections de mai 2019 » en présence de Natalie Nougayrède, chroniqueuse pour The Guardian, Guillaume Liegey, PDG et fondateur de Liegey Muller Pons et modéré par Susi Dennison, directrice du programme Europe Puissance de l’ECFR.
Mark Leonard speaks with Susi Dennison, director of ECFR’s European Power programme, and Pawel Zerka, programme coordinator for European Power, about the upcoming European Parliament elections, the possibility of a surge in Eurosceptic parties, and how to reach the silent pro-European majority.
The Happiness Industry by William Davies
Nervous States by William Davies
Bourgeois Equality by Deirdre N. McCloskey
The Theory of Moral Sentiments by Adam Smith
The Age of Surveillance Capitalism by Shoshana Zuboff
The podcast was recorded on 11 February 2019.
Podcast de notre discussion du 18 janvier « Europe’s year of reckoning? » en présence de František Ružička, secrétaire d'Etat de la Slovaquie, Susi Dennison, directrice du programme Europe Puissance et modérée par David Cadier, chercheur au CERI Sciences Po.
What does Angela Merkel’s decision to stand down as leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) mean for Germany and Europe? Mark Leonard discusses with Josef Janning and Susi Dennison the political implications, and expectations for party leadership: Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Friedrich Merz, Jens Spahn.
The podcast was recorded on 31 October 2018.
Mark Leonard speaks with Ulrike Franke and Susi Dennison about what the new German coalition means for foreign policy. The podcast was recorded on 8 January 2018.