US NATO policy

NATO’s essential purpose changed after the Cold War, a change which affects transatlantic cooperation. 

From being a conventional military alliance built to defend the territories of member states, NATO is capable today of solving problems across the globe. The US has always been the principal driving force and determinant behind developments in NATO, and the Centre for Transatlantic Studies tracks Washington’s thinking on NATO continuously, including how it is translated into practical policy. Washington’s priorities for the alliance, the burden-sharing debate, the many implications of the transatlantic partnership and how Norway can influence and is influenced by developments in NATO are all followed with particular interest.

Research proje​cts

USA, NATO and Norway: Conditions for transatlantic security cooperation
There is significant variation in the way the United States wields its instruments of political power. This project focuses on America’s decisions regarding the use of military force. Important themes include the respective roles of the president and Congress in authorizing the use of force, the state of civil-military relations, and the public’s willingness to finance the various military operations of a global superpower. Another important aspect is the decision making process behind the choice of coalition partners in such operations and Washington’s role in the coalition. What implications are there for NATO and for Norway?
The project is financed by the Norwegian Ministry of Defence
Contact person: Michael Mayer

How does the United States get its way in NATO?
It is a well-known supposition that the most powerful member of an international institution asserts a profound influence on the policy stances of the institution’s less powerful members and typically prompts the institution to approve of policies that serve its own self-interest. This project asks whether this supposition applies to the U.S. role in NATO in connection with the development of a BMD-policy in the alliance. By exploring the evolution of NATO’s BMD policy, in particular how Norway’s attitude towards BMD in NATO changed between 1999 and 2008 from opposition to approval, the project probes the mechanisms by which the U.S. influences weaker alliance members into compliance.
Contact: Johannes Gullestad Rø


Published 11 June 2013 13:44.. Last updated 18 August 2015 15:26.