Bridging the Gap
School of International Service
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016
Bridging the Gap promotes an informed and engaged public discourse on U.S. and global foreign policy challenges and solutions by supporting theory-driven, policy-relevant research and clear communication between scholars and policymakers. Bridging the Gap trains and advocates for academics to pursue policy-relevant research and theoretically grounded policy work while simultaneously engaging policymakers in the work of political scientists and scholars of international relations. Supported largely by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and housed at the School of International Service at American University, Bridging the Gap maintains a core belief that responsible global engagement should be systematically proactive, seeking both to understand significant medium- and long-term global challenges, and to influence strategically how such trends affect U.S. interests and those of the rest of the world.
2012 IPSI alumna Tanisha M. Fazal recently published Dead Wrong? Deaths, Military Medicine, and exaggerated Reports of War's Demise with International Security. In an Op-Ed for the Monkey Cage describing her research, she explains that her goal is to reconcile the view that current conflicts make the world more violent than ever, with the "declinist theory of war" which argues that the world is actually in a time of relative peace. Fazal asserts that "war has become less fatal, but this does not necessarily mean it has become less frequent."