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Charles Call Assoc Professor School of International Service

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SIS - School of International Service
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PhD, Stanford University; MA, Stanford University; BA, cum laude, Princeton University

Favorite Spot on Campus
The garden next to Bender Arena
Dr. Charles “Chuck” Call, an associate professor of International Peace and Conflict Resolution, focuses on post-war peacebuilding, statebuilding, democratization, human rights and police and justice reform. He has conducted field research in Central America, West Africa, the Balkans, Colombia, Haiti and Afghanistan. In 2012-14 he served as senior advisor in the State Department. In 2017 he was senior external advisor to the World Bank/UN report Pathways for Peace: Inclusive Approaches to Preventing Violent Conflict, and spent 2004-05 working at UN headquarters. He has consulted for Human Rights Watch, the UN Development Programme, and the European Commission.
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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests

Dr. Call's research interests include post-war peacebuilding, post-conflict governance and reconstruction, Latin America & the Caribbean, human rights and democratization, and 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.   
  • Constructing Security and Justice After War.  (ed.) U.S. Institute of Peace Press, 2007.   
  • “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).   
  • “Knowing Peace When You See It: Setting Standards for Peacebuilding Success,” Civil Wars 10, 2 (June 2008), 174-195.   
  • “Ending Wars and Building Peace,” International Studies Perspectives 9,1 (February 2008), pp. 1-21 (with Elizabeth Cousens).   
  • “Democratization, War, and State-Building: Constructing the Rule of Law in El Salvador,” Journal of Latin American Studies 35:4 (November 2003).   
  • “War Transitions and the New Civilian Security in Latin America.”  Comparative Politics, 35:1 (October 2002).   
  • “On Democracy and Peacebuilding,” Global Governance 9,2 (Spring 2003), co-authored with Susan Cook.

Media Appearances

  • BBC World Service   
  • ABC World News This Morning   
  • CNN Spanish   
  • Le Monde
  • The Boston Globe   
  • The Chicago Tribune
  • The Philadelphia Inquirer
  • The New York Times
  • The Washington Times
  • The Los Angeles Times

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

  • Senior Fellow, US Institute of Peace, 2008-09.   
  • Guest Scholar and Grant Recipient, U.S. Institute of Peace. "Constructing Security and Justice after War" Project, 2001-03.   
  • Research and Writing Grant Recipient, MacArthur Foundation, 1999-2000.   
  • Jennings Randolph Peace Scholar, U.S. Institute of Peace, 1995-96.   
  • National Security Education Program Fellow, 1995-96.
  • Stanford Center on Conflict and Negotiation Grant Recipient, 1995.   
  • Institute for the Study of World Politics Fellow, 1995-96.  
  • National Science Foundation Fellow, 1988-90.

Professional Services

  • United Nations Secretariat, New York   
  • United Nations Development Programme and International Peace Academy   
  • U.S. Agency for International Development   
  • United Nations UN Development Programme and the Department of Peacekeeping Operations   
  • Human Rights Watch, Colombia   
  • Human Rights Watch, Russia   
  • European Commission/US Agency for International Development   
  • Ford Foundation   
  • Inter-American Development Bank   
  • U.S. Department of Justice