Experts & Staff

Susi Dennison

Director, European Power programme

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

Languages

English and French

Biography

Susi Dennison is a senior policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations. Her topics of focus include the strategy, politics and governance of European foreign policy; migration, and the toolkit for Europe as a global actor.

At ECFR, Dennison leads the European Power programme, which explores how to protect European interests in the post-corona era,  balancing the tensions between building European sovereignty and shaping a rules-based international system.  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, on advocacy towards the EU institutions. 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. She advised on prison, probation and migration policy in the run-up to the 2004 wave of accession to the EU, on enterprise in disadvantaged regions and served in the Private Office of the Chief Secretary to the Treasury.

Publications

Articles

Second acts: How Europe can renew the transatlantic partnership

This could be the moment to build a more balanced transatlantic relationship, with Europeans showing the US where we need it to engage, and how – rather than simply waiting for cues from Washington

Table scrap: Budget talks in a fragmented Europe

It will be difficult for the member states that are most invested in the EU’s global role to prevent a reduction in the external portion of its budget

Von der Leyen’s safe Commission

Billed as a safe pair of hands, Ursula von der Leyen is about to find out that caution can only take her so far

The end of monogamy in Europe?

With two thirds of Europeans voting for a pro-European party, the big challenge now is for the political groups to move beyond their status quo ways of working

Seven days to save the European Union

The European Parliament elections take place next week – our latest pan-European polling reveals voters are deeply concerned about what the future holds

Specials

Podcasts

In the media