The research project Transatlantic Ties will soon be published on this page.

About the research
Transatlantic Ties is an original political science research project in the field of transatlantic relations. It explores how the federal states in the United States of America represent their transatlantic interests. Against the backdrop of the ongoing negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the research will highlight why U.S. states use different connections and access points, both at home and in Europe, to make their voices heard on transatlantic trade policy. This website will be built to chronicle and contextualize the research.

The research will focus on identifying and analyzing the ways in which U.S. states represent their transatlantic interests. Within the U.S. federal system and through direct European links, U.S. state executives and legislatures are involved in transatlantic relations. The key questions are to find out why some U.S. states become active in transatlantic trade policy, what avenues they pursue to voice their opinions and how this relates to the federal government’s position.

U.S. states are economically and politically potent actors, whose efforts in trade promotion have been studied. However, we have little knowledge on state actors’ engagement in trade policy, even though there are potential conflicts with the federal government as well as tensions between the principles of federalism and free markets. To improve the understanding of policy issues at all governmental levels, this research project aims to provide an analysis of U.S. states’ transatlantic ties.

Using existing literature from the fields of federalism studies, international political economy and multi-level governance, the study will combine archival sources with explorative qualitative interviews. These interviews will be conducted in the U.S. and Europe with a range of political decision-makers and other stakeholders to provide expertise on the involvement of the U.S. states in the TTIP negotiations as a contemporary case for transatlantic relations.

About the author

My name is Julian Jaursch and I am a PhD student based in Berlin, Germany, studying at the Free University Berlin. Christian Lammert, professor at the Free University’s John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies, has agreed to be my supervisor. In addition, a scholarship to be an exchange visiting scholar allows me to conduct my studies at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences for two semesters.

I received my M.A. degree in Political Science after completing the TransAtlantic Masters (TAM) program in 2012. TAM is a graduate program on transatlantic relations and European studies, which is jointly conducted by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and various European universities, including Humboldt University and Free University Berlin.

Before I focused on my PhD during the 2016-2017 academic year, I worked as a political consultant in Germany’s capital for three years and expanded upon my journalistic undergraduate education in various free lance jobs and internships in the U.S. and Germany.