Research series on the US role in global politics

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.

Spring 2024:

February 27: Postdoctoral Researcher, Niko Heikkilä,, John Morton Center for North American Studies, University of Turku: Abortion and the United States: changing strategies in the ongoing conflict

January 16: Research Fellow CordeliaBuchanan Ponczek, FIIA: “The green transition and fractures in US politics”

Autumn 2023: 

December 12: Fulbright-University of Turku Scholar Award James Hawdon: “Online hate as a social movement: Theoretical Implications”

November 21: Peter Hans Matthews, Fulbright-Aalto Distinguished Chair (2023/4), Aalto University: “Group Favoritism and the Image Concerns of Political Partisans: Evidence from Moral Wiggle Room Experiments”

Spring 2023:

March 31: The Fulbright Bicentennial Chair in American Studies David Witwer, University of Helsinki: “Missä on Jimmy Hoffa? Searching for Hoffa in the Least Corrupt Country in the World”

Autumn 2022: 

September 16: Visiting Senior Fellow Rachel Tausenfreund, FIIA: “Feminist Foreign Policy, Progressive Foreign Policy and Great Power Competition”

October 14: Professor Benita Heiskanen, University of Turku, ”The Campus Carry Law in Texas: Rights and In/Security in an Armed Campus”

November 4: Senior Researcher Pekka Kolehmainen, University of Turku, ”The Founding Fathers in the U.S. Culture Wars” 

Spring 2022: 

January 21st: Visiting Research Fellow Eoin McNamara, FIIA: “George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Afghanistan: The Risk Society and Faulty Stabilization Policy”

February 18th: Visiting Research Fellow Maria Shagina, FIIA.

March 30th
: Professor Samuel Moyn, YALE. 

April 28th: CUSPP Junior Researcher Workshop 2022. See more info here and apply!

Past seminars 2021

Past seminars 2020

Past seminars 2019

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. 

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Latest publications

Lindén (os. Annala), Maria (2022). Trumpismin aikakausi voi jatkua vielä pitkään. In Lenita Toivakka ed(s): Yhdysvallat. Maakatsaus.. Helsinki: Keskuskauppakamari. 19-20.