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Transnational Security & U.S. Foreign Policy

Increasing globalization has led to new and emerging transnational threats to U.S. and international security. Accordingly, U.S. foreign policy approaches increasingly rely on informed decision-making. Recognizing the interplay across policymakers, government officials, defense actors, and international organizations is instrumental to understanding of 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.

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Expertise

  • Multilateral organization
  • Human security
  • Asian security
  • Asian regionalism
  • ASEAN
  • China
  • India

Selected Publications

  • Non-Western International Relations Theory: Perspectives On and Beyond Asia. Edited with Barry Buzan. Routledge, 2010.
  • Whose Ideas Matter: Agency and Power in Asian Regionalism. Cornell, 2009.
  • Constructing a Security Community in Southeast Asia. Routledge, 2001, 2009.

GORDON ADAMS
gadams@american.edu
202-885-1651

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.   

Expertise

  • International security
  • Territorial conflicts & border politics
  • Military doctrine
  • Weak & failing states
  • Middle East
  • South & 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, forthcoming (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.

Expertise

  • International law
  • International organizations
  • United Nations
  • International Criminal Court
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina

Selected Publications

  • Five to Rule Them All: The UN Security Council and the Making of the Modern World, Oxford University Press, 2009.
  • "Uncertain Guardians: The UN Security Council's Past and Future", International Journal, Spring 2011, 439-449.

Expertise

  • Post-war peace-building
  • Human rights
  • Justice reform
  • South & Central America
  • West Africa
  • the Balkans

Selected Publications

  • Why Peace Fails: The Causes and Prevention of Civil War Recurrence. Georgetown University Press, 2012.
  • "Beyond the 'Failed State': Toward Conceptual Alternatives," European Journal of International Relations, 17, 2 (June 2011, online April 2010).
  • "The Fallacy of the Failed State," Third World Quarterly 29,8 (December 2008).

EXPERTISE

  • Contemporary international relations
  • American foreign policy
  • NATO
  • Russia

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • America Between the Wars: From 11-9 to 9-11. Public Affairs 2008; with Derek Chollet.
  • 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.

EXPERTISE

  • International relations theory
  • East Asian security & foreign policy
  • International political economy
  • International security
  • International institutions

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • "Diplomatic Ritual as a Power Resource: the Politics of Asymmetry in Early Modern Chinese-Korean Relations,"Journal of East Asian Studies, vol. 13, no. 2 (May-Aug. 2013), pp. 309-36.
  • “Politics of South Korea,” in Richard Valelly, ed., Oxford Bibliographies Online: Political Science (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013); with Victor Cha.
  • “Politics of North Korea,” in Richard Valelly, ed., Oxford Bibliographies Online: Political Science (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013); with Victor Cha.

Expertise

  • American foreign policy
  • Decision-making theory
  • Role of public opinion
  • Interest groups & foreign policy

Selected Publications

  • "Private Polls and Presidential Policymaking," Public Opinion Quarterly, 2006.
  • "Tough Talk, Public Predispositions, and Military Action: Reassessing the Rally-Round-the-Flag-Phenomenon," Approaches, Levels and Methods of Analysis in International Politics, 2006.

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.

EXPERTISE

  • Foreign Policy
  • National Security Strategy
  • Terrorism
  • Intelligence
  • Congress
  • Advisory Commissions

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • “Crises, Commissions, and Reform: The Impact of Blue-Ribbon Panels,” Political Research Quarterly (Forthcoming).
  • "From Private Consultation to Public Crusade: Assessing Eisenhower’s Legislative Strategies on Foreign Policy,” Congress and the Presidency (February 2013).
  • "Congress Is Already Post-Partisan: Agreement Across the Aisle on U.S. Foreign Policy,” with Joshua W. Busby, Jonathan Monten, and William Inboden, Foreign Affairs (January 28, 2013).

EXPERTISE

  • International negotiation
  • Military negotiation
  • Ceasefires
  • Humanitarian negotiations
  • Peace processes
  • Conflict resolution

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • "International Conflict Resolution: 'From Practice to Knowledge and Back Again," in Deutsch, Coleman and Marcus, eds. Handbook of Conflict Resolution, 3rd ed., forthcoming 2013 (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).

EXPERTISE

  • 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

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • "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).