Jack Thompson on "The US role in NATO: past, present, and future"

December 1st 2020 - 15:24
NATO transatlantic Jack Thompson

What does the future hold in store for NATO and the transatlantic relationship? Dr. Jack Thompson, Senior Strategic Analyst at HCSS and Co-chair of the Initiative on the Future of Transatlantic Relations, has written a chapter on “The US role in NATO: past, present, and future” for a new publication: "NATO and Transatlantic Relations in the 21st Century: Foreign and Security Policy Perspectives".

This essential book, published by Routledge on December 31st, explores the evolution and future relevance of NATO from the perspective of the member-states.

Addressing the overarching question of the relevance of transatlantic relations in the 21st century, the volume has three core objectives. The first is to reinforce the view that international alliances serve not only an external-oriented goal, but also a domestic-oriented aim, which is to control others’ behaviour. The second is to show that tensions amongst NATO allies have become more acute and, therefore, more dangerous. The third is to discuss current transatlantic relations through the adoption of a "second image" perspective; that is, one that emphasizes the multiple vertical linkages that connect NATO to the politics and the policies of each ally. The chapters presented here are built on a dual approach: on the one hand, they look at the place the Alliance occupies in the domestic public debate and the strategic culture of specific member states; on the other, they analyze how each of these countries contributes to NATO’s operations and what interests and visions they share for the Alliance’s future.

This book will be of much interest to students of NATO, international organizations, foreign policy, and security studies in general.


NATO and Transatlantic Relations


Jack Thompson is a Senior Strategic Analyst at HCSS, where he leads a range of projects in the fields of security and defense. His main research interests are US foreign policy, European security, transatlantic relations, and great power competition. Before joining the HCSS, he was Head of the Global Security Team at the Center for Security Studies, ETH Zurich and Lecturer at the Clinton Institute, University College Dublin. He holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge, an MA from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and a BA from the University of St. Thomas. He is author of Great Power Rising: Theodore Roosevelt and the Politics of US Foreign Policy (Oxford University Press, 2019).