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Seth Johnston

Visiting Scholar 2018-2019

Residency Dates: September 1, 2018 – August 31, 2019


Seth Johnston

Seth A. Johnston is a major in the United States Army, and most recently served as a task force commander with the NATO Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan. He was previously an assistant professor of international relations at West Point. Johnston earned his D.Phil. from the University of Oxford in 2013.

At CES, Johnston will examine the changing role of NATO amidst the challenges of the past decade. Against the backdrop of NATO’s 70th anniversary, his research will investigate the role of bureaucratic actors in NATO’s overall adaptation, as well as the effects of recent international conflicts of transatlantic importance on prospects for peace and security in Europe.

This information is accurate for the time period that the affiliate is affiliated with CES.


  • Major, United States Army
  • Visiting Scholar 2018-2019, CES, Harvard University
  • International Affairs Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Research Associate, Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School


  • "Trump, l’Europe et l’OTAN : Retour vers le futur" Politique étrangère, vol.84, n°4 (2019): 141-152
  • NATO’s Lessons from Afghanistan,” Parameters 49, no. 3 (Autumn 2019): 11-26.
  • “Europe,” with Jordan Becker. American National Security, 7th Edition (Michael J. Meese, Suzanne C. Nielsen, & Rachel Sondheimer, editors). Baltimore, Md.: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018.
  • How NATO Adapts: Strategy and Organization in the Atlantic Alliance Since 1950. The Johns Hopkins University Studies in Historical and Political Science, Book 132. Baltimore, Md.: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017.
  • No Longer Obsolete: How NATO Endures in the Twenty-First Century. An MWI Report. West Point, N.Y.: Modern War Institute at West Point, 2017.
  • “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do: Envisioning European Disunion.” What Is the Worst That Could Happen? The Politics and Policy of Crisis Management (Hugh Liebert & Thomas Sherlock, editors). Cornwall-on-Hudson, N.Y.: Sloan Publishing, 2016.
  • “Europe, Landpower, and Their Importance in U.S. Grand Strategy.” American Grand Strategy and the Future of U.S. Landpower (Joseph DaSilva, Hugh Liebert, & Isaiah Wilson III, editors). Carlisle, Pa.: Strategic Studies Institute and U.S. Army War College Press, 2014.

Research Project

NATO at 70: Back to the future, again?


International Relations