Research series on the US role in global politics

research programme


The Center on US Politics and Power at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs is organizing a research series on the characteristics of the US role in global politics.

The events are organized in order to encourage cooperation and networking among researchers and experts working on US-related topics. The Center also warmly welcomes students who are interested in US politics or transatlantic relations to participate in our seminars. The seminars provide a platform for discussing current US affairs, in addition to presentations by invited guest speakers. They also give an opportunity for student presentations and discussions of their research.

Upcoming seminars in 2020:

17 January: Political and Economic Officer Nicklaus Laverty, U.S.Embassy: “The Contemporary Challenge to Democracy and its Implications to U.S. Foreign Policy”

7.2. Dr. Iro Särkkä, University of Helsinki

13.3. Junior Researcher Workshop 2020, more info here!

There will be one more seminar in April, date to be confirmed.


Past seminars:


22 November 2019 Dr. Ohto Rintala: ”Perspectives on the U.S. Grand Strategy and the International Position of Finland during the Eisenhower Presidency, 1953-61” 

8 November 2019 Fulbright Bicentennial Chair in American Studies Scott Buchanan, University of Helsinki: “Much Ado about Nothing or Defining the Presidential Legacy? The Ongoing Impeachment Process in the US”

20 September 2019: Visiting Senior Fellow Deborah McCarthy: “The US National Security Strategy and US Diplomacy”

10 May 2019: Professor Cecelia Lynch, Fulbright Scholar at the University of Tampere: “Problematic Trends in Humanitarianism and the Possibilities of ‘Nordic Exceptionalism'”

5 April 2019: Senior lecturer Mikko Rajavuori, University of Eastern Finland: “Making mergers political again”

6 March 2019: Saara Kekki, University of Helsinki: “Heart Mountain: A Japanese American Community in WWII”

Past seminars 2018

Past seminars 2017

Past seminars 2016

Past seminars 2015

Past seminars 2014

For further information, please contact Project Manager Marie-Louise Hindsberg,, 09 432 77 12. 

Latest publications

Sinkkonen, Ville & Vogt, Henri (2020). The West: Divided in freedom and fear?. In Lehti, Marko; Pennanen, Henna-Riikka; Jouhki, Jukka ed(s): Contestations of liberal order: The West in crisis?. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. 123-150.

Norrlof, Carla (2019). Educate to Liberate. Foreign Affairs, 1.4.

Sinkkonen, Ville (2018). Katse Atlantin toiselle puolen., 21.12.