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Transnational Security 

Rising globalization has led to new and emerging threats to U.S. and international security. Accordingly, U.S. foreign policy approaches must increasingly rely on and reflect informed decision-making. Recognizing the interplay across government officials and other policymakers, foreign governments, and international organizations is instrumental to understanding how transnational threats are addressed by way of security strategies and foreign policy tactics. Our scholarly expertise covers a vast range of research that includes congressional relations and national security strategy development, negotiations and peace processes on the frontlines of conflict, and civil-military relationships in defense policy development. Scholarship in this issue area broadly covers the following topics:

  • International Security
  • U.S. Foreign Policy

  • Political Violence

  • Terrorism

  • Intelligence

  • Defense Policy

  • Non-state Actors
  • Nationalism

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Amitav Acharya

aacharya@american.edu

AMITAV ACHARYA

EXPERTISE

  • Southeast Asia

  • Multilateralism and global governance

  • Human security

  • International relations theory

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • The Making of Southeast Asia: International Relations of a Region, (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2012, and Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2012)

  • “Dialogue and Discovery: In Search of International Relations Theories Beyond the West,” Millennium, vol. 39, no.3 (2011), pp. 619-637.

  • Whose Ideas Matter? Agency and Power in Asian Regionalism (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2009)


Gordon Adams

gadams@american.edu

GORDON ADAMS

EXPERTISE

  • National security policy

  • Defense, diplomacy, & foreign assistance budgets

  • Congress & national security

  • Terrorism

  • Transatlantic national security relationships

  • European defense & security issues

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Buying National Security: How America Plans and Pays for Its Global Role and Safety At Home (with Cindy Williams). Routledge Press, 2009.

  • A Foreign Affairs Budget for the Future, with co-authors, Stimson Center, October 2008.

  • Transforming European Militaries: Coalition Operations and the Technology Gap (with Guy Ben-Ari), Routledge Press, 2006.


Akbar Ahmed

AKBAR AHMED

EXPERTISE

  • Islam

  • Islam in America

  • Mosques

  • Pakistan

  • Afghanistan

  • South Asia

  • Anthropology

  • Comparative and regional studies

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Knowledge: Why Civilizations Rise and Fall, co-author Amineh Hoti (under preparation)

  • The Thistle and the Drone: How America’s War on Terror Became A Global War On Tribal Islam, Brookings Press: Washington DC.

  • The Sage Handbook of Islamic Studies, co-edited with Tamara Sonn, Sage Publications Ltd: London.


Boaz Atzili

BOAZ ATZILI

EXPERTISE

  • International security

  • Territorial conflicts & border politics

  • Military doctrine

  • Weak & failing states

  • Middle East

  • South and East Asia

  • Israeli-Palestinian conflict

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Good Fences, Bad Neighbors: Border Fixity and International Conflict, (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, January 2012).

  • “Triadic Deterrence: Coercing Strength, Beaten by Weakness,” Security Studies, 201:301-355, 2012 (co-authored with Wendy Pearlman).

  • "State Weakness and Vacuum of Power' in Lebanon," Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, 33, No. 8 (August 2010): 757-782.


IARI Dave Barno

barno@american.edu

DAVE BARNO

EXPERTISE

  • Military operations

  • Changing character of conflict

  • Civil-military issues

  • Leader development

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS


IARI Bensahel

bensahel@american.edu

NORA BENSAHEL

EXPERTISE

  • U.S. defense policy

  • Military operations & force structure

  • Coalition & alliance operations

  • Leader development

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS


Philip Brenner

pbrenne@american.edu

PHILIP BRENNER

EXPERTISE

  • Latin America

  • U.S.-Cuban Relations

  • Congress & foreign policy

  • Presidential decision-making on foreign policy

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • A Contemporary Cuba Reader: Reinventing the Revolution, co-edited with Marguerite Rose Jiménez, John Kirk, and William LeoGrande. Rowman and Littlefield, 2007.


Charles Call

call@american.edu

CHARLES CALL

EXPERTISE

  • Post-war peacebuilding

  • Post-conflict governance and reconstruction

  • Latin America and the Caribbean

  • Human rights and democratization

  • Justice and security sector reform

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Why Peace Fails: The Causes and Prevention of Civil War Recurrence. Georgetown University Press, 2012.

  • Building States to Build Peace.(ed.) Lynne Rienner, 2008.

  • Knowing Peace When You See It: Setting Standards for Peacebuilding Success,” Civil Wars 10, 2 (June 2008), 174-195


Keith Darden

ktdarden@american.edu

KEITH DARDEN

EXPERTISE

  • Education

  • Insurgency

  • Voting

  • Russia

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • “The Promethean Dilemma: Third-Party Nation-building in occupied territories.” With Harris Mylonas, Ethnopolitics, March 2012.

  • Resisting occupation: Mass schooling and the creation of durable national loyalties. Cambridge University Press, 2011.

  • Economic Liberalism and Its Rivals: The Formation of International Institutions Among the Post-Soviet States, Cambridge University Press, 2009. Winner of the 2010 Ed A. Hewett Book Prize.


Carolyn Gallaher

caroleg@american.edu

CAROLYN GALLAHER

EXPERTISE

  • Guerrilla and paramilitary violence

  • Right-wing extremism in the U.S.

  • Political geography

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Key Concepts in Political Geography (co-author). Sage Publications, 2009.

  • After the Peace: Loyalist Paramilitaries in Post-accord Northern Ireland, Cornell University Press, 2007.

  • "The Role of Protestant Missionaries in Mexico's Indigenous Awakening." Bulletin of Latin American Research, 2007.


Jim Goldgeier

jgoldgei@american.edu

JAMES GOLDGEIER

EXPERTISE

  • Contemporary international relations

  • American foreign policy

  • U.S.-Russia relations

  • European Union

  • Transatlantic security

  • NATO

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • America Between the Wars: From 11-9 to 9-11. Public Affairs 2008; with Derek Chollet. Named a “Best Book of 2008” by Slate and a “2008 Favorite Book” by The Daily Beast.

  • Power and Purpose: U.S. Policy toward Russia after the Cold War. Brookings Institution 2003; with Michael McFaul.

  • Not Whether But When: The U.S. Decision to Enlarge NATO.Brookings Institution 1999.


Claudia Hofmann

hofmann@american.edu

CLAUDIA HOFMANN

EXPERTISE

  • Non-state armed actors

  • Non-state conflict management

  • Foreign and security policy

  • Negotiation and mediation

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Local Marijuana Legalization in U.S., Mexico May Impact Hemisphere-Wide Policy, in: World Politics Review, 7 March 2014.

  • “Uruguay Marijuana Bill Portends New Era in Drug Policy," (with Benoît Gomis), in World Politics Review, 20 August 2013.

  • Gamechanging Report on Drugs in the Americas, Expert Comment on the OAS Report on the Drug Problem in the Americas, London: Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, 2013.


Benjamin Jensen

jensen@american.edu

BENJAMIN JENSEN

EXPERTISE

  • International security

  • Historical sociology

  • International relations theory

  • Conflict analysis and resolution

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • “Network Bandits: Understanding Recruitment Networks in Contemporary Counterinsurgency Operations” American Intelligence Journal 25(2): 73-84 (Winter 2007/2008)

  • “Demilitarizing Demographics: U.S. Policy Options for Strengthening Georgian Internal Security” Low Intensity Conflict & Law Enforcement 12(1):51-90 (Spring 2004)

  • “Non-violence as a Methodology of Social Change in Islam” (published in Italian: La Nonviolenza Come Metodologia Del Cambiamento Sociale Dell'islam), Satyagraha 5: 101-131 (2004); co-authored with Abdul Aziz Said


David Mislan

mislan@american.edu

DAVID MISLAN

EXPERTISE

  • Foreign policy analysis

  • International security

  • Qualitative methods

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • “What Follows the Storm? Research on the Effect of Disasters on Conflict,” Global Change, Peace, and Security 26 no.1 (2014) with Philip A. Streich

  • Enemies of the American Way: Identity and Presidential Foreign Policy (New York: Continuum), 2012

  • Cross-Cultural Perspectives (San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education), 2012


Shoon Murray

SHOON MURRAY

EXPERTISE

  • American foreign policy

  • Decision-making theory

  • Role of public opinion

  • Interest groups and foreign policy

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Mission Creep: The Militarization of US Foreign Policy? (co-edited with Gordon Adams). Georgetown University Press, 2014.

  • The Terror Authorization: The History and Politics of the 2001 AUMF. Palgrave Pivot, 2014.

  • “Broadening the Debate about War: The Inclusion of Foreign Critics in Media Coverage and its Impact on U.S. Public Opinion,” Foreign Policy Analysis, 2013.


IARI Snyder

SARAH SNYDER

EXPERTISE

  • Human rights activism

  • History of the Cold War

  • U.S. human rights policy

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Sarah B. Snyder.Human Rights Activism and the End of the Cold War: A Transnational History of the Helsinki Network.New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011.


Jordan Tama

JORDAN TAMA

EXPERTISE

  • Foreign policy

  • National security strategy

  • Terrorism

  • Intelligence

  • Congress

  • The presidency

  • Advisory commissions

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Jordan Tama, “The Value and Limitations of National Security Strategic Reviews," Political Science Quarterly (Forthcoming)

  • Jordan Tama, “The Political, Policy, and Oversight Roles of Congressional Defense Commissions,” in Colton C. Campbell and David P. Auerswald, editors, Congress and Civil-Military Relations (Georgetown University Press, Forthcoming)

  • Jordan Tama, “Crises, Commissions, and Reform: The Impact of Blue-Ribbon Panels,” Political Research Quarterly 67, 1 (March 2014):152-164


Stephen Tankel

STEPHEN TANKEL

EXPERTISE

  • Terrorism

  • Insurgency

  • Evolution of violent non-state actors

  • Political and military affairs

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Stephen Tankel (2014): Indian Jihadism: The Evolving Threat, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, DOI: 10.1080/1057610X.2014.913120

  • 2012. Jihadist Violence: The Indian Threat. The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, DC.

  • Storming the World State: The Story of Lashkar-e-Taiba. Hurst & Co. and Columbia University Press, 2011.


Jessica Trisko Darden

trisko@american.edu

JESSICA TRISKO DARDEN

EXPERTISE

  • The role of international actors in local conflict dynamics

  • The relationship between aid, conflict, and development

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Jessica Trisko Darden. Finacing Repression: Foreign Assistance, Coercive Capacity and Patterns of State Violence. Book manuscript in progress.

  • Izabela Steflja and Jessica Trisko Darden. "Making Civilian Casualties Count: Approaches to Documenting the Human Cost of War." Human Rights Review Vol. 14, No. 4: 347-366, 2013.

  • Stéfanie von Hlatky and Jessica N. Trisko. “Sharing the Burden of the Border: Layered Security Cooperation and the Canada-US Frontier.” Canadian Journal of Political Science Vol. 45, No. 1: 63-88, 2012.


Anthony Wanis-St John

wanis@american.edu

ANTHONY WANIS-ST. JOHN

EXPERTISE

  • International negotiation

  • Military negotiations

  • Ceasefires

  • Humanitarian negotiations

  • Peace processes

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • International Conflict Resolution: 'From Practice to Knowledge and Back Again’," in Deutsch, Coleman and Marcus, eds. Handbook of Conflict Resolution, 3rd ed., 2014 (with Suzanne Ghais).

  • "Indigenous Peacebuilding,” in Roger Mac Ginty, ed., Routledge Handbook of Peacebuilding (London: Routledge, 2013).

  • "Impediments to trade across the Green Line in Cyprus: The role of classic barriers and trust," with Omer Gokcekus, Dennis Nottebaum and Jessica Henson, Journal of Peace Research vol. 49, no. 6 (November 2012).


Sharon Weiner

skweiner@american.edu

SHARON WEINER

EXPERTISE

  • Security

  • Institutional design

  • Bureaucratic politics

  • U.S. defense and foreign policy

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Our Own Worst Enemy? Institutional Interests and the Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Expertise. MIT Press, 2011.

  • "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).


Joseph Young

JOSEPH YOUNG

EXPERTISE

  • Transnational political violence

  • Transnational terrorism

  • Interstate war

  • Transnational conflict processes

  • Domestic conflict processes

  • Civil war & insurgency

  • Institutions and violence

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Justin Conrad, Courtenay Conrad, and Joseph K. Young. “Tyrants and Terrorism: Why Autocrats are Terrorized while Others are Not." March, 2014 in International Studies Quarterly.

  • Cullen Hendrix and Joseph K. Young. 2014. “State Capacity and Terrorism: A Two-Dimensional Approach.” Security Studies 23(2): 329-363.

  • Mike Findley and Joseph K. Young. 2011. “Terrorism, Bargaining and Credible Commitment,” International Studies Quarterly 55(2): 357-378.


Guy Ziv

ziv@american.edu

GUY ZIV

EXPERTISE

  • Foreign-policy decision-making

  • Influence of think tanks in U.S. foreign policy

  • Role of political elites in the Arab-Israeli conflict

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • "The Triumph of Agency Over Structure: Shimon Peres and the Israeli Nuclear Program," International Negotiation (Forthcoming).

  • Why Hawks Become Doves: Shimon Peres and Foreign Policy Change in Israel, SUNY Press (December 2014).

  • "Simple vs. Complex Learning Revisited: Israeli Prime Ministers and the Question of a Palestinian State," Foreign Policy Analysis, Vol. 9, No. 2 (April 2013): 203-222.