Martin Möller Rasmussen

affiliated with the university


My research is a historically embedded analysis of development and security issues in EU-African relations.

The European Union is a major actor in development efforts in Africa. Its policy is generally described with emphasis to economic integration and poverty eradication as a matter of post-colonial altruism. However, since the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, EU Africa policy may have shown a propensity towards European security and geopolitical interest. At the same time, historical research has challenged the narrative of benign European policy, emphasizing a colonial continuum and policies of clientelism during the Cold War.
My project assesses contemporary securitization, and performs a historical analysis of security and geopolitical path dependence in European Africa policy.