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Peter Howard

Adjunct Professorial Lecturer School of International Service

Dr. Peter Howard focuses on US foreign policy and international security. He studies how the implementation of foreign policy programs produces rule-based regional security regimes, conducting research in Estonia on NATO Expansion and US Military Exchange programs and South Korea on nuclear negotiations with North Korea.


PhD, American University

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SIS-School of Intl Service
Hurst - 206B
Contact Info
(202) 885-1541 (Office)

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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests

Dr. Howard’s research examines issues of international security, with a focus on U.S. Foreign Policy.

Grants and Sponsored Research

  • IREX Grant (Estonia)

Selected Publications

  • "Why Not Invade North Korea? Threats, Language Games and US Foreign Policy," International Studies Quarterly 48:4 (December 2004). 
  • "The Growing Role of States in US Foreign Policy: The Case of the State Partnership Program," International Studies Perspectives 5:2 (May 2004).
  •  "Spending on Private White House Pollsters: Carter to Clinton," Public Opinion Quarterly 66:4 (Winter 2002). Co-author: Shoon Murray.
  •  "Canada's Constructivist Foreign Policy: Building Norms for Peace," Canadian Foreign Policy Journal 8:1 (Fall 2000). Co-author: Reina Neufeldt.
Articles and Op-Eds
  • "International States," State Government News, October 2003.
  • "United States and Europe Experience Continental Drift," Foreign Policy in Focus, May 22, 2003. 
  • "Endgames: Washington, UN and Europe," Foreign Policy in Focus, February 28, 2002.
  •  "Rice Holds a Different Worldview," The Baltimore Sun. December 21, 2000.

Review Articles

  • "NATO Transformed," Demokratizatsiya The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization 8:2 (Spring 2000), pages 271-273 (book review).

Other Publications

  • "Balance of Power," "Deterrence," "Great Powers," "International Organizations," "International Political Economy," and "United Nations," Encarta Encyclopedia 2005.