US Research Day 2018: U.S. Foreign and Security Policies Under Trump: A Doctrine in the Making?

invitation only · Auditorium of the Annex Building of the Parliament, Arkadiankatu 3, Helsinki · 26.11.2018 10:00 - 12:00

invitation only

Donald Trump’s presidency has instigated a widespread debate over the essence of his foreign and security policy. Some observers view the President’s approach as devoid of coherence, some speak of a grand-strategic shift, and yet others observe a semblance of continuity with past presidential administrations. In the aftermath of the midterm elections with almost two years of Trump’s first presidential term elapsed, it is high time to enquire to what extent the President and his administration have managed to forge a “Trump doctrine” – a more or less coherent approach to the world. What are its key components in the military and economic spheres? What kinds of principles inform the doctrine? How does this Trumpian approach to the world reflect relevant trends on the international and domestic political arenas? What are the future prospects of Trump’s foreign and security policy against the backdrop of the midterms, and the approaching countdown to the presidential races?

The US Research Day 2018 is organised by the Center on US Politics and Power (CUSPP) at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA).


Opening remarks

Bart Gaens

Senior Research Fellow, Project Director, Finnish Institute of International Affairs

Keynote speaker

Andrew A. Michta

Dean, College of International and Security Studies, George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies

The opinions expressed here at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs U.S. Research Day 2018 are those of Dr. Andrew A. Michta and do not reflect the official policy or position of the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, the U.S. Department of Defense or the U.S. Government, or the German Ministry of Defense or German government.


Risto E.J. Penttilä

Risto E.J. Penttilä

CEO, Nordic West Office
Heidi Fransila

Heidi Fransila

Director, Blic
Ville Sinkkonen

Ville Sinkkonen

Research Fellow, Finnish Institute of International Affairs


Mika Aaltola

Director; Editor in chief, Ulkopolitiikka (Finnish Journal of Foreign Affairs)

US domestic and foreign affairs, great power relations, Finnish foreign and security policy, global governance