Center for Statecraft and Political Communication
CSPC’s mission is to foster a historically informed understanding of political communication in statecraft.
Statecraft – the art of conducting state affairs – has throughout history been reliant on the ability to communicate effectively. In our research and education, we want to emphasise this crucial ability, which in today’s hyperconnected world arguably is more relevant than ever. In a rapidly evolving society, it is equally important to approach current events with a historical sensibility. This perspective guides our research, which views knowledge of history as indispensable to the understanding of world affairs. It also inspires our education, which aims to instill in students an awareness of the past and to help them draw appropriate lessons for the future.
CSPC forms part of the Ax:son Johnson Institute for Statecraft and Diplomacy, which connects us with three research institutions in the US and the UK: the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington D.C; the Centre for Grand Strategy, Department of War Studies at King’s College London; and the Centre for Geopolitics at the University of Cambridge.
CSPC will launch in January 2022. During the spring term we welcome three postdoctoral fellows on two-year stipends and, starting in late August, we will welcome three Ph.D-students. More information on these positions and how to apply will be announced in late 2021. In addition to our permanent staff and these younger scholars we will also welcome visiting academics from the Ax:son Johnson Institute of Statecraft and Diplomacy.
In the spring of 2022, we will launch a monthly higher seminar. We will also invite academic and non-academic speakers alike for public events at SSE.
Both the Institute and CSPC are financed by the Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation for Public Benefit.