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As the UNESCO Chair in Transnational Challenges and Governance and Chair of the ASEAN Studies Center, Professor Amitav Acharya's academic interests cover Southeast Asia, multilateralism and global governance, and human security. Acharya recently received a grant from the One Earth Future Foundation to host a workshop in the fall of 2013 that featured leading scholars from around the world tackling the pressing questions, “Why Govern? The Strategic, Functional and Normative Imperatives of Global Governance.” He convened senior scholars from diverse theoretical perspectives in international relations to engage them in a multi-day discussion on the conceptual and policy implications of the demand-side of global governance. The participants focused on current global challenges—specifically, climate change, global health and pandemics, armed violence, global civics, finance, refugees, human rights, humanitarian intervention, and information technology and social media. In addition to the workshop, he expects to produce an edited volume with a leading university press and a policy report. He is a frequent commentator on Asian regionalism, Asian security, the war on terror, and the rise of China and India. Acharya, who at present serves as President of the International Studies Association, is the author and co-editor of several books, including Beyond Iraq: The Future of World Order, Non-Western International Relations Theory, and The Making of Southeast Asia. Click here for more info.



Professor Gordon Adams has published widely on defense and national security policy, the defense policy process, and national security budgets. His current research focuses on the coming drawdown in defense spending and on the balance in U.S. foreign policy and national security toolkit between the foreign policy institutions (Department of State, USAID) and the defense institutions (Department of Defense and the intelligence community). His initial paper on the subject-"Losing Balance: The Slow Militarization of American Foreign Policy" was delivered at the International Studies Association annual conference. He also writes a regular online column for Foreign Policy's and is in charge of the magazine’s blog, "The Sheathed Sword.” His most recent book is Buying National Security: How America Plans and Pays for Its Global Role and Safety at Home (Routledge 2010). Click here for more info.



Assistant Professor Boaz Atzili is interested in international security with an emphasis on territorial conflicts and the politics of borders, the international aspects of state weakness and failure, deterrence of violent non-state actors and the states that host them, and the origins of military doctrine. His research mostly traverses international politics and domestic politics, as well as rational and normative aspects of international politics. His research focuses on the Middle East but also includes analysis of cases from Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America. His articles have been published in venues such as International Security, Security Studies, and Studies in Conflict and Terrorism. In 2012, he published his book Good Fences, Bad Neighbors: Border Fixity and International Conflict with the University of Chicago Press. Click here for more info.



Assistant Professor David Bosco's work focuses on international organizations, international law, and multilateralism. He is author of Five to Rule Them All(Oxford University Press, 2009), a history of the UN Security Council. He is a past Fulbright Scholar and deputy director of a joint United Nations/NATO project on repatriating refugees in Sarajevo. His new book Rough Justice: The International Criminal Court in a World of Power Politics was published by Oxford University Press this year. As a former attorney at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen, & Hamilton, he focused on international arbitration, litigation, and antitrust matters. In recent years, his research has been published in the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, as well as many policy-relevant publications, including The Washington Post, Slate, The New York Times Book Review, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal-Europe, The American Prospect, and Legal Affairs. Click here for more info.



Associate Professor Charles Call's research and interests focus on post-war governance and peace-building, democratization, human rights and policing, and justice and security sector reform. He has conducted field research in all of Central America and West Africa, the Balkans, South America, and Afghanistan. His most recent book, Why Peace Fails: The Causes and Prevention of Civil War Recurrence,(Georgetown University Press), was released in 2012. Call is currently fulfilling an assignment at the U.S. Department of State and has held a number of fellowships, including serving as a Senior Fellow of the U.S. Institute of Peace. Click here for more info.



James Goldgeier is the Dean of the School of International Service. Prior to joining American University, he was a professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University. He has held appointments at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation, the State Department, and the National Security Council staff, the Brookings Institution, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Library of Congress, the Woodrow Wilson Center, the Hoover Institution, and the German Marshall Fund’s Transatlantic Academy. His areas of expertise include contemporary international relations, American foreign policy, U.S.-Russia relations, the European Union, transatlantic security and NATO. Among his current projects, Dean Goldgeier and collaborators at Duke University and the University of California, Berkeley, lead the Bridging the Gap initiative, which encourages and trains scholars and doctoral students to produce research oriented policy-relevant scholarship and/or theoretically informed policy work. His books include:America Between the Wars: From 11/9 to 9/11 (co-authored with Derek Chollet), Power and Purpose: U.S. Policy toward Russia after the Cold War (co-authored with Michael McFaul); and Not Whether But When: The U.S. Decision to Enlarge NATO. Click here for more info.



Assistant Professor Ji-Young Lee is a Korea and East Asia expert whose research interests include international relations theory, East Asian security and foreign policy (the Korean peninsula, China and Japan), the diplomatic history of East Asia and the nexus between international political economy and security. She is currently working on a book manuscript that examines the concept of hierarchy and the power of symbols in international relations with the empirical focus on the Chinese empire in early modern East Asia. Click here for more info.



Shoon Murray is an Associate Professor and program director of U.S. Foreign Policy. Her teaching and research interests include American Foreign Policy, decision-making theory, and the role of public opinion, the media, and interest groups in the making of foreign policy. She has written widely on such topics as public reactions to military force and the “rally ‘round the flag phenomenon,” the political consequences of September 11th , the effect of polls on presidential behavior, and the role of values and partisanship in leaders’ belief systems. Her book Anchors Against Change: American Opinion Leaders’ Beliefs After the Cold War used original survey research to investigate the tenacity of ‘enemy images’ and how much American leaders’ attitudes changed in response to dramatic international events. She is currently working on articles about presidential framing and press coverage leading up to the invasion of Iraq. Click here for more info.



Assistant Professor Sarah Snyder specializes in the history of the Cold War, human rights activism and United States human rights policy. Her book,Human Rights Activism and the End of the Cold War: A Transnational History of the Helsinki Network, (Cambridge University Press), analyses the development of a transnational network devoted to human rights advocacy and its contributions to the end of the Cold War. The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations awarded her the 2012 Stuart L. Bernath Book Prize by for best first book by an author and the 2012 Myrna F. Bernath Book Award for the best book written by a woman in the field of diplomatic history over the previous two years. She has previously served as a Cassius Marcellus Clay Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of History at Yale University, the Pierre Keller Post-Doctoral Fellow in Transatlantic Relations at the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies also at Yale, and as a Professorial Lecturer at Georgetown University. Click here for more info.



Assistant Professor Jordan Tama specializes in the United States foreign policy-making process, presidential and congressional relations, national security strategy development, intelligence and counterterrorism policy, and blue-ribbon commissions. He is currently serving as a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, examining Congress’s bipartisanship on foreign policy. His first book, published by Cambridge University Press, is titled Terrorism and National Security Reform: How Commissions Can Drive Change During Crises. Dr. Tama was an American Political Science Fellow in the U.S. Congress in 2011-2012. Click here for more info.



Assistant Professor Anthony Wanis-St. John is an Associate Professor whose expertise and research interest emphasizes international negotiation, military negotiations, ceasefires, humanitarian negotiations and peace processes. He conducts advanced negotiation trainings, mediation and conflict resolution workshops in diverse organizational contexts and sectors. He is an advisor to the Academy of International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). He is the author of Back Channel Negotiation: Secrecy in the Middle East Peace Process (Syracuse University Press, 2011). In recent years, his research has been published in International Negotiation, Journal of Peace Research, and Negotiation Journal. Click here for more info.



Associate Professor Sharon Weiner's research focuses on security and the interface between institutional design, bureaucratic politics, and U.S. defense and foreign policy. Her current project looks at civil-military relations in the United States and especially how the structure of the Department of Defense influences the relationship between the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Congress, and civilian influence over defense policy. Other projects focus on the politicization of military advice in the United States, U.S. relations with Pakistan and India, and U.S. decision making on nuclear weapons issues. Her previous book, Our Own Worst Enemy? Institutional Interests and the Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Expertise (MIT Press 2011), the 2012 recipient of the Louis Brownlow award from the National Academy of Public Administration, examines the role of organizational and partisan politics in the success and failure of U.S. cooperative nonproliferation programs with the former Soviet Union. During the 2014-2015 academic year, she will serve as a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow in Nuclear Security. Click here for more info.