Morten Valbjørn

Associate Professor
PhD (Political Science)
MSc (Political Science)
Supplementary Degree in Middle East Studies

Contact information

Department of Political Science
Aarhus University
Bartholins Allé 7
DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark


On the research project SWAR: Sectarianism in the Wake of the Arab Revolts see



Professional interests

  • Middle East international relations
  • Challenges to the study of politics in an (un)exceptional Middle East
  • Sectarian Politics before, during and after the Arab Revolts
  • The transformation of Arab nationalism(s) and the 'New Arab Cold War'
  • (New) English School Theory at the regional level
  • An 'upgraded' Post-democratization approach 
  • The (ir)relevance of authoritarianism and democracy in a 'new Middle East'
  • Middle Eastern Islamism(s) before and after the Arab Revolts
  • Domestic and foreign politics in Jordan
  • The role of cultural diversity and otherness in international relations and the implications for the IR-discipline.
  • The International Relations Theory/Area Studies-nexus in different Cultural-Institutional Contexts