The Journal of Transatlantic Studies published by Palgrave Macmillan from 2019 - A word from the Editor

In its the 17th year of publication, The Journal of Transatlantic Studies (JTS) is delighted to move to the next stage in its development with a new publisher: Palgrave-Macmillan and with a new Editorial Board.

Reflected in the rapid growth in downloads, the JTS has established a leading international position for articles published on any aspect of transatlantic relations. In 2017 downloads approached 16,000 a year with China featuring ever more prominently and increasing its downloading by 400% between 2016-17, placing it third behind the UK and the US.

Many articles that feature in the JTS have their origins directly or tangentially in the annual conferences of the Transatlantic Studies Association (TSA). And we are delighted that together with our publisher Palgrave-Macmillan, an annual research award of over £1,500 is now available to support archival research, interviewing, or other fieldwork in any aspect of transatlantic studies. For more details of this and of the TSA please visit

Part of the reason for the JTS’s success is the quality and topicality of special issues. These feature prominently in 2019. The first focuses on the career of Henry Kissinger on the 50th anniversary of him becoming National Security Adviser to President Nixon. The contributors are Jussi Hanhimaki, Tom Schwartz, David Ryan and Elizabeth Tanner, Sotiris Rizas, Mario del Pero, and Stephan Kieninger. The articles range widely over Kissinger’s career, revisiting the Year of Europe and US-European relations more widely cast, the ‘Trilateral Agenda’, transition to democracy in southern Europe, and US relations with Germany.

The second issue of the year will also be themed, this time to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the establishment of NATO and is guest edited by John Deni and Sten Rynning. It delivers a cutting-edge assessment of NATO’s cohesion and strategic potential. More broadly, this special issue provides policy-makers, the epistemic community, and informed readers with a high-quality examination of the durable alliance in an era of dramatically shifting great power relations and domestic political change. Readers will find it compelling, insightful, and thought-provoking.

Finally, on themed issues, the last issue of the year will be on China and transatlantic relations and features articles from leading scholars such as Klaus Larres, Joe Renouard, Frank Cain, Priscilla Roberts, Chris Jespersen and Richard Moss. The 3rd issue of the year will be an as usual eclectic standard issue with contributions ranging from a study of African quest narratives, personal relations between Eleanor Roosevelt and Queen Juliana of the Netherlands, Denmark and Estonia in transatlantic relations, and the Anglo-American special relationship.

The JTS and the TSA together form a nexus of international excellence for studies of transatlantic relations and they welcome new article submissions, subscribers, and members as they continue to flourish.

The annual conference of the TSA and the meeting of the JTS Editorial Board will be at Lancaster University, UK, 8-10 July and new-comers, as much as regulars, are always warmly welcomed.

Alan Dobson