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Australian National University
international organizations, UN secretary-general, International Civil Service, 19th century IR
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Dr. Ellen Ravndal is a research fellow in the Department of International Relations, Coral Bell School of Asia-Pacific Affairs, the Australian National University. Her research focuses on two interrelated aspects of international organisations: (1) what the emergence and development of international organisations can tell us about broader developments of global order, and (2) what kinds of actors such organisations are and how they and their representatives have attained positions of influence in world politics. Prior to joining the ANU, Ellen was a postdoc on the STANCE research project at Lund University. She holds a DPhil in International Relations from St Antony’s College, University of Oxford.

Recent Publications

“‘A Force for Peace’: Expanding the Role of the UN Secretary-General under Trygve Lie, 1946-1953,” Global Governance 23:3 (2017), 443-459.

“La mission la plus impossible au monde: Le Secrétaire général Trygve Lie face à la Guerre froide, 1946-1953,” Revue d’histoire diplomatique 2 (2016), 145-161.

“‘The First Major Test’: The UN Secretary-General and the Palestine Problem, 1947-1949,” the International History Review 38:1 (2016), 196-213.

“Exit Britain: British Withdrawal From the Palestine Mandate in the Early Cold War,” Diplomacy and Statecraft 21:3 (2010), 416-433.

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