Although US interests and overriding priorities remain largely unaltered over time, Washington is continuously adjusting its global strategy in response to changing international conditions.
It is therefore crucial to monitor the evolution and implementation of the country’s grand strategy. Washington’s thinking on global strategy – including its emphasis on military, diplomatic and economic policy instruments – is of great importance to Norway, Europe and the world at large.
Washington’s strategic priorities set the international political agenda of and therefore warrant close attention at the Centre for Transatlantic Studies.
National cohesion, geopolitics and US grand strategy
In this book project the main intention is to analyse how structural changes in US domestic affairs and new geopolitical developments can affect the formulation of American grand strategy. The first part of the project will focus on how different domestic factors can influence US political coherence and its decision-making ability. The second part will analyse changes in the distribution of relative international power and the strategic reorientation of US interests towards the Asia-Pacific region. The last part of the project will, based on domestic and international factors, conduct a comprehensive analysis of what we can expect to be the main contours of US global strategy.
Contact: Svein Melby
US Cooperation with Northern Europe since 1991
What kind of cooperation has the US sought with Nordic and Baltic countries after the Cold War? Why has the United States cooperated with them?
The project maps both American cooperation with individual countries in the region and cooperation in multilateral fora, in the period from 1991 until today. US positions towards such cooperative arrangements are examined, and seen next to broader US strategy. In conclusion, the project seeks to evaluate to what extent and in what ways US administrations found cooperation with these countries to be strategically relevant for the United States.
The findings will be presented in the form of an academic article for peer review. Funding is provided by the Norwegian Ministry of Defence through the research programme Security and Defence in Northern Europe.
Media war at home: the War on Terrorism inside America
Contact: Ingrid Lundestad
Media warfare is an increasingly important dimension of warfare today, and this project analyses the interplay between governments, media and the public. It involves a close reading of opinion journalism in five critical phases of the Bush administration’s time in office. Which factors and assumptions affect the outcome of media battles? To what degree did the Bush administration dominate domestic opinion with its strategic narrative?
Contact: Anders Romarheim