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Middle East

Oil governance, human rights, and defense policies represent a few of our scholars’ research expertise in the Middle East. From unpacking the conditions that motivate the Arab Spring to exploring conditions that instigate militarized conflict across states, our scholars possess a unique understanding of the region.

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  • International oil politics
  • Causes of war
  • International energy institutions
  • Resource curse
  • Political revolutions

Selected Publications

  • Petro-Aggression: When Oil Causes War. Cambridge University Press. 2013.
  • "Measuring Revolution". Conflict Management and Peace Science, 29:4. 2012.
  • "Oil and Revolutionary Governments: Fuel for International Conflict" International Organization, 64:4. 2010.


  • Development
  • Communications & culture
  • Gender in the Middle East & North Africa

Selected Publications

  • “Young Women and Social Media Against Sexual Harassment in North Africa”, Journal of North African Studies, Volume 18(5), December 2013.
  • “Youth, Media and the Politics of Change in North Africa: Negotiating Spaces, Identities and Power”, Journal of Culture and Communication in the Middle East, Issue 6, 1. 2013.
  • “Online-Offline Magazines for Muslim Women”, Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Women, Oxford University Press, 2013.


  • Security and the interface between institutional design
  • Bureaucratic politics
  • U.S. defense and foreign policy
  • Nuclear and biological weapons procurement
  • Civil-military relations
  • Scientific expertise in US foreign policy


  • "Reconsidering Cooperative Threat Reduction: Russian Nuclear Weapons Scientists and Non-Proliferation,"Contemporary Security Policy, Vol. 29, No. 3 (December 2008), pp. 477-501.
  • "Preventing Nuclear Entrepreneurship in Russia's Nuclear Cities," International Security Vol. 27, No. 2, Fall 2002. Reprinted in: New Global Dangers: Changing Dimensions of International Security(Cambridge, MIT Press, 2004).

Jeffrey Colgan

Kristin Diwan

Loubna Skalli Hanna

Anders Hardig

Claudia Hoffman

Abdul Aziz Said

Sharon Weiner

Guy Ziv