Connected in freedom? Reconstructing a foundational value in EU and US foreign policy discourses

  • Ville SinkkonenEmail author
  • Henri Vogt
Original Article


The ideal of freedom has historically instituted the Transatlantic Community of Values spanning the USA and Europe. Given the framework of liberal crises that currently dominates Western mental maps, it is crucial to contemplate what has happened to this legacy of freedom and, consequently, to the very foundations of this value community. To achieve this, we draw on the theoretical debates on freedom to construct a novel conceptual framework of the potential uses of the notion in political discourses. This scaffold is then utilised as a tool to analyse, and ultimately compare, the employment of freedom in a selection of documents produced by the leaderships of the EU and the USA since the turn of the millennium.


Freedom Transatlantic relations Liberal world order European Union USA Non-domination 



We would like to thank discussant Torbjørn Knutsen and the participants of the panel ‘Uncovering the West in Crisis’ at the 59th ISA Annual Convention for valuable comments on an earlier draft of this paper. Juha Käpylä, Manuel Fröhlich and the two excellent reviewers of the JTS warrant special mention for commenting on earlier versions of the article. We are also grateful to Anu Ruokamo for her research assistance. Henri Vogt’s research has been supported by the project ‘Participation in Long-Term Decision-Making’ (312671), funded by the Strategic Research Council of the Academy of Finland (


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Finnish Institute of International AffairsHelsinkiFinland
  2. 2.University of TurkuTurkuFinland

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