book cover: Nuclear Zero

Nuclear Zero? Lessons From the Last Time We Were There

April 10, 2015

George H. Quester, ISCS Visting Scholar, argues that the possibility of nuclear war continues to loom despite the reduction in stockpiles by the major powers.

book cover: Constructive Illusions

Constructive Illusions: Misperceiving the Origins of International Cooperation

July 10, 2014

Eric Grynaviski, Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs

Are the best international agreements products of mutual understanding? The conventional wisdom in economics, sociology, and political science is that accurate perceptions of others' interests, beliefs, and ideologies promote cooperation. Obstacles to international cooperation therefore emerge from misperception and misunderstanding.

book cover: U.S. Defense Politics

US Defense Politics: the Origins of Security Policy

January 01, 2014

This textbook, co-authored by Caitlin Talmadge, provides an accessible overview of U.S. defense politics for upper-level students. This new edition has been fully updated and revised, with a new chapter on intelligence and new material on unmanned drones, women in the military, the Tea Party, and other key issues.


Video: Stephen Biddle's Talk on U.S. Policy Against the Islamic State

On Monday, December 4 Professor Stephen Biddle unpacked the problems with the U.S. military approach against the Islamic State and presented three options that the U.S. military can choose. If you missed the talk or would like to share it, the video is now available! 

SPS Program Awarded FAO Regional Skill Sustainment Initiative Contract

The Security Policy Studies program, led by Joanna Spear, associate professor of international affairs, was awarded a competitive contract for the Foreign Area Officer (FAO) Regional Skill Sustainment Initiative. This program, beginning in July 2015, will provide FAOs with advanced understanding and analysis of the most current regional security affairs, and the impact of regional activities on interagency and joint operations.

Enhancing U.S. Support for Peace Operations in Africa

In this Council on Foreign Relations Special Report, Paul D. Williams argues that greater U.S. involvement is necessary to enhance the quality and success of peacekeeping missions.