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 - 3 February, 2015
Susi Dennison, Senior Policy Fellow and expert on the MENA region, explains the EU's performance in the Middle East and North Africa in 2014, and the need for a new strategy.
29 January, 2015
The fifth edition of ECFR's Foreign Policy Scorecard examines EU's response to a year of crisis.
Susi Dennison - 16 December, 2014
Shaun Riordan, Senior Visiting Fellow of the Clingedael Institute, Cat Tully, Director of FromOverHere, Diplomat Robert Cooper and ECFR's Senior Policy Fellow, Susi Dennison, discuss what the role of the new diplomatic actor is.
Susi Dennison - 13 November, 2014
Ante la muerte de miles de inmigrantes en las aguas del sur de Europa, la respuesta de la UE ha sido caótica cuando menos.
27 November, 2013
Towards a new EU foreign policy
Europe’s image and soft power continues to fade around the world but Europe's foreign policy did not unravel in 2012. The EU managed to preserve the essence of its acquis diplomatique.
Susi Dennison - 12 February, 2013
The efforts of smaller states in 2012 give reason to hope that over time, the power that lies in the EU’s diversity could be unlocked and used to make the EU's foreign policy more effective.
by Susi Dennison and Lívia Franco - 02nd October, 2019
The Portuguese hope that the EU can help them tackle the challenges of globalisation: from climate change to cooperation on the impact of freedom of movement
by Susi Dennison - 10th September, 2019
European voters want to see the European Union come of age as a geopolitical actor and chart its own course
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.
A British exit from the EU would make it harder to fight crime and terrorism, reduce Britain’s ability to lead and influence its partners, and weaken NATO
The EU should broaden the scope of what is expected of member states on burden sharing on refugee crisis
How will the tensions around the response to the coronavirus play out through the recovery from this crisis? Can EU states, with their diverse perspectives on the transatlantic relationship, come to a common understanding on how to engage with the US bilaterally and…
27 March, 2020
Last week’s episode saw our experts dissecting the coronavirus’ implications for Europe. In today's episode, we’re breaking down how the crisis is unfolding in the rest of the world. From the Middle East to Russia and Asia, and all over across the Atlantic…
18 October, 2019
North Macedonia and Albania wanted to start negotiations with the EU after having been candidate countries since 2005 and 2014. But the enlargement plans seemed to have stalled especially after opposition from France. Host Mark Leonard is joined by Susi Dennison, José…
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…
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…
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…
Susi Dennison - 10 April, 2019
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…
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…
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