- PhD, Political Science, MIT
- Research interests: Intelligence, Strategy, Foreign Policy
Chaos in the Liberal Order: The Trump Presidency and International Politics in the 21st Century, co-editor (Columbia University Press, 2018).
Fixing the Facts: National Security and the Politics of Intelligence (Cornell University Press, 2011). Winner of the Furniss Award and the International Security Studies Book Award (International Studies Association).
"Strategy and the Surge," in Engel et al, The Last Card: Inside George W. Bush's Decision to Surge in Iraq (Cornell University Press, 2019).
"Does the Internet Need a Hegemon?" with Tyler Moore, Journal of Global Security Studies, Vol. 2, No. 3 (2017).
"Two Kinds of Catastrophe: Nuclear Escalation and Protracted War in Asia," Journal of Strategic Studies, Vol. 40, No. 5 (2017).
"After America: The Flow of Persian Gulf Oil in the Absence of U.S. Military Force," in Glaser and Kelanic, eds., Crude Calculus: Reexamining the Oil Logic of America's Presence in the Persian Gulf (Georgetown University Press, 2016).
"Hegemony, Force Posture, and the Provision of Public Goods: The Once and Future Role of Outside Powers in Securing Persian Gulf Oil," with Caitlin Talmadge, Security Studies, Vol. 23, No. 3 (2014).
"Intelligence in the Twitter Age" International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence, Vol. 26, No. 2 (2013).
"Is Politicization Ever a Good Thing?" Intelligence and National Security, Vol. 23, No. 1 (2013).
"After Proliferation: Deterrence Theory and Emerging Nuclear Powers," in Yoshihara and Holmes, eds., Strategy in the Second Nuclear Age: Power, Ambition, and the Ultimate Weapon (Georgetown University Press, 2012).
"The Heroes of COIN," Orbis, Vol. 56, No. 2 (2012).
Area of Expertise
Intelligence, military strategy, American foreign policy
Joshua Rovner, associate professor at the School of International Service, is a political scientist specializing in intelligence, strategy, and U.S. foreign policy. Rovner is the co-editor of Chaos in the Liberal Order: The Trump Presidency and International Politics in the 21st Century (Columbia University Press, forthcoming in 2018), which asks whether the rise of Donald Trump signals the end of the U.S.-led international order. Chaos in the Liberal Order brings together leading historians, political scientists, and policymakers to shed light on an extraordinary moment in world affairs. His first book was Fixing the Facts: National Security and the Politics of Intelligence (Cornell University Press, 2011), a pathbreaking study on the politicization of intelligence estimates. Fixing the Facts includes detailed histories of the Vietnam War, Cold War estimates of the Soviet Union, and the controversies surrounding the Iraq War. The book won the International Studies Association’s best book award for security studies, and the Edgar S. Furniss Book Award, presented by the Mershon Center at Ohio State University. In addition to writing many book chapters and policy pieces, Rovner has written commentary in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Dallas Morning News, The National Interest, and Lawfare. He recently began a monthly column on intelligence and strategy for War on the Rocks. He has written journal articles in Security Studies, The Journal of Strategic Studies, Diplomacy & Statecraft, Intelligence and National Security, The International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence, The Washington Quarterly, and Orbis. Beginning in 2018 he will become managing editor of H-Diplo’s International Security Studies Forum, and as deputy editor of The Journal of Strategic Studies. Prof. Rovner previously held the John Goodwin Tower Distinguished Chair in international Politics and National Security at Southern Methodist University, and as Associate Professor of Strategy & Policy at the U.S. Naval War College.