Ann-Sofie Dahl, visiting journalist.

Journalist From Denmark Focuses On The Future Of The U.S.-Europe Alliance During Visit To The University Of Georgia

Ann-Sofie Dahl of Copenhagen, Denmark, used her three-day visit to the University of Georgia in November talking with security experts.

She also learned about journalism education in the U.S.

Ann-Sofie Dahl is a Copenhagen-based columnist and regular contributor to two leading Swedish newspapers, Svenska Dagbladet and Sydsvenska Dagbladet, and Børsen, Denmark's leading financial daily.

A defense and international security expert, Dahl is a senior research fellow at the Center for Military Studies (CMS) in Copenhagen and an adjunct fellow at CSIS. She is a co-founder of the Center for Political Studies, a Copenhagen think tank, has written several books on foreign and security policy and also does consultancy work.

Dr. Loch Johnson, regents professor in the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia, spoke with the Swedish journalist about the state of surveillance and privacy in the United States and about the U.S. National Security Agency.  Johnson discussed how former NSA contractor Edward Snowden has impacted the security procedures globally. Dr. Johnson is an expert on national security issues.

Dahl’s program in Athens, organized by the James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research, was part of the three‑month fellowship program, Transatlantic Media Network, coordinated by the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.

The Cox International Center is a unit of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia. The Cox International Center partnered with CSIS for the visit.

Dahl discussed nuclear weapons control and changes in the U.S. and European attitudes toward immigrants and refugees with Dr. Michael Beck, Senior Research Associate, Center for International Trade and Security. CITS promotes peace and prosperity through programs that focus on the protection of nuclear, chemical, and biological materials.

CITS also works on the prevention of nuclear trafficking and denuclearization, chemical security, and the mitigation of threats posed by trade in technologies and materials that underlie weapons of mass destruction.

The Danish journalist had a meeting with Dr. Charles Bullock, Richard B. Russell Chair in Political Science and Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor.

“According to the pendulum historical pattern in presidential elections, the Republicans have a better chance to win the White House next year,” said Dr. Bullock. “The changes in the demographics, however, tend to be more favorable to the Democrat candidate, who has more options to win the presidency than her or his counterpart. So next year, after the elections, we might have a Democrat president and a Senate and House dominated by Republicans.”

Drs. Lee Becker and Tudor Vlad, director and associate director of the Cox International Center, talked with Dahl about the Center's international projects.

While being in the Grady College, the visitor had meetings with Dr. Charles Davis, dean of the the school, and with Dr. Janice Hume, head of the Journalism Department.

After her departure from Athens, Dahl was to spend the last two weeks of her fellowship in Washington, D.C.