July 3, 2022

Davidson Shares Opinion on European Security With ‘National Interest’

Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Jason Davidson

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Jason Davidson

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Jason Davidson penned an article in The National Interest entitled “European Strategic Autonomy Is Dead. The war has increased the stakes and made apparent the risk involved in forming an alternative to NATO.” Davidson wrote: “On the eve of NATO’s Madrid Summit, one fact of European security has become increasingly clear: NATO is the only feasible guarantor of the security of European states and, thus, the European Union’s (EU) objective of achieving strategic autonomy is unlikely to become a reality anytime soon.” Read more.

Davidson also spoke to Formiche for an article entitled EU strategic autonomy died at the NATO summit.””I think the United States should return to the total troops deployed in Europe in 2021, but I see the advantage of having more US troops deployed in the countries of the eastern flank,” said Davidson, professor of political science at the University of Mary Washington, nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council and author of America’s Entangling Alliances (Georgetown University Press). Read more.

European Strategic Autonomy Is Dead (The National Interest)

Ukraine Faces Challenges as Russian Forces Advance (Voice of America News)

Davidson Comments on Ukraine on Voice of America

Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Jason Davidson

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Jason Davidson

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Jason Davidson spoke with Voice of America for a segment called FLASHPOINT UKRAINE: Kyiv reports military gains as Blinken wraps up trip. “The first thing to note is that the process of bringing Sweden and Finland into NATO is moving forward,” Davidson said in the piece. “There was a bit of a glitch with Turkey but it looks like that’s going to be something they’ll be able to iron over.” Read more.

Davidson Receives Prestigious Appointment

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Jason Davidson

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Jason Davidson

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Jason Davidson has been appointed a nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council’s New American Engagement Initiative in the Scowcroft Center. The Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security works to develop sustainable, nonpartisan strategies to address the most important security challenges facing the United States and its allies and partners.

Dr. Davidson also recently spoke with Voice of America. In the episode, “FLASHPOINT UKRAINE: Kyiv reports military gains as Blinken wraps up trip,” Davidson says, “The first thing to note is that it looks like the process of bringing Finland and Sweden into NATO is moving forward. There was a bit of a glitch with Turkey but it looks like that’s going to be something they’ll be able to iron over.” Hear more. (Davidson’s interview begins at about 5:30 into the segment.)

The End of Strategic Cacophony? The Russo-Ukrainian War and the Future of NATO (War on the Rocks)

Davidson Pens Articles for Leading Academic Journals and National Security Publications

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Jason Davidson with his book, "America's Entangling Alliances: 1787 to the Present."

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Jason Davidson with his book, “America’s Entangling Alliances: 1787 to the Present.”

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Jason Davidson’s article “The 2021 G20 and Italy” (co-authored with Carla Monteleone of the University of Palermo) was just published in the academic journal Contemporary Italian Politics:  https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/23248823.2022.2047255

An essay Dr. Davidson wrote for the national security publication War on the Rocks on NATO after the Ukraine War has also been published: https://warontherocks.com/2022/04/the-end-of-strategic-cacophony-the-russo-ukrainian-war-and-the-future-of-nato/

Davidson Presents on U.S.-Italy Relations Virtually to Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Jason Davidson with his book, "America's Entangling Alliances: 1787 to the Present."

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Jason Davidson with his book, “America’s Entangling Alliances: 1787 to the Present.”

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Jason Davidson delivered a virtual presentation entitled “Defense and Security Relations Between the U.S. and Italy: Challenges and Prospects” on Dec. 13 to a conference on U.S.-Italy relations at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Dr. Davidson was one of just five academics invited to present. An article (in Italian) about his lecture can be found here: https://formiche.net/2021/12/relazione-italia-usa-iai-davidson/.

On Dec. 3, Dr. Davidson also presented (with co-author Carla Monteleone of the University of Palermo) a paper titled “The G20 and Italy in the International System:  Keeping Our Dreams Alive?” at a virtual, invitation-only conference on Italian Politics hosted by the Johns Hopkins University’s Europe program in Bologna, Italy.

 

Davidson’s Book Reviewed in Digital International Relations Publication

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Jason Davidson with his book, "America's Entangling Alliances: 1787 to the Present."

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Jason Davidson with his book, “America’s Entangling Alliances: 1787 to the Present.”

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Jason Davidson’s book, America’s Entangling Alliances: 1778 to the Present, recently received a positive review essay in H-Diplo, a well-respected digital international relations publication.

Teachers of United States foreign relations know that the myth of isolationism is strong among their students. The axioms of presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson about steering clear of permanent and entangling alliances hold great power in the discourse of U.S. history. Modern scholarship, though, shows clearly that the U.S. has long engaged in active and often complex foreign relations with the wider world in pursuit of real or perceived national interests: from war and peace with indigenous peoples in North America since the colonial era to missile strikes in the Middle East under modern Republican and Democratic administrations. Many of these actions were often unilateral, but alliances and other agreements with other countries like France in 1778 or Latin American states in 1823 or the United States’ twentieth century coalitions were not unusual. For scholars today, the question is not so much ‘did the U.S. entangle itself with others’ but ‘how’ and ‘why.’

Jason W. Davidson’s America’s Entangling Alliances: 1778 to the Present is a useful addition to this scholarship and a good tool for teachers and researchers alike. Written from a decidedly political science perspective. Davidson engages in a meaningful way with the more recent standard U.S. foreign relations historiography, especially surveys by scholars and writers like George Herring, Walter McDougall, and Walter Russell Mead. Refreshingly, Davidson makes use of a variety of published primary sources and online archival resources to ground his analysis in an evidentiary record historians will appreciate. Read more.

Davidson Gives Zoom Lecture at Sapienza University in Rome

Jason Davidson lectureProfessor of Political Science and International Affairs Jason Davidson gave an invited Zoom lecture entitled America’s Entangling Alliances: 1778 to the Present in the Robert Elgie Brown Bag Seminar Series at Sapienza University in Rome, Italy.