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Aryo Makko

About me

Appointed Professor of History and Director of the Hans Blix Centre for the History of International Relations at Stockholm University, 2020.

Elected to the Young Academy of Sweden, 2017.

Elected as Pro Futura Scientia XI Fellow, 2016, Swedish Collegium of Advanced Study (SCAS).

Associate Professor of History, 2016, Stockholm University.

PhD in History, 2012, Stockholm University.


Research Areas

  • History of International Relations (New Imperialism, Interwar period and Cold War)
  • Political History
  • Contemporary History
  • Migration History and Diaspora 

Current Research

My current main research focus is on the relations between the neutral states of Europe and the Soviet Union between 1960 and the end of the Cold War. This five-year research project is entitled Neutrality and the Kremlin: A Transnational History and conducted within Pro Futura Scientia, a post-doctoral programme for leading research funded by the Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences and hosted by the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study in Uppsala. My first book Ambassadors of Realpolitik: Sweden, the CSCE, and the Cold War was published by Berghahn Books (New York/Oxford) in 2016. My second monograph European Small States and the Role of Consuls in the Age of Empire was published by Brill in December 2019. I am currently in the process of completing an edited volume on Soviet-Neutral relations during the Cold War for the Harvard Cold War Studies Book Series (together with Mark Kramer and Peter Ruggenthaler). In my other area of interest, migration history and diaspora studies, my latest publication is a chapter on the Assyrian diaspora in Sweden in Bahar Baser & Paul Levin (eds.), Migration from Turkey to Sweden: Integration, Belonging and Transnational Community (London: I.B. Tauris, 2017).