ISCS Security Policy Workshop Series Spring 2020
Monday, January 27: 4-5:30
Caroline Hartzell, Gettysburg College
Title: Citizens’ Perceptions of Peace Agreement Fairness: A Micro-level Perspective on War-ending Bargains
Discussant: Renanah Miles Joyce
Caroline Hartzell is a professor in the Political Science Department and was the founding director of the College’s Globalization Studies program. Her specialization is in international political economy with an emphasis on issues of conflict and conflict management, development, and globalization. Her research focuses on cross-national civil war settlements and the effects institutions, both domestic and international, have on social conflict. She is also an editor of the journal Conflict Management and Peace Science and also serves on the editorial boards of the journals of Ethnopolitics and Foreign Policy Analysis.
Monday, February 10: 4-5:30
Melissa Willard-Foster, University of Vermont
Title: Does Instability Help or Hinder Coercion? Re-Evaluating Libya’s Reconciliation with the West
Discussant: Julie Thompson-Gomez
Melissa Willard-Foster’s research interests center around how domestic political pressures can lead states into wars that they might otherwise avoid. Her current book project, based on her dissertation, seeks to explain why major powers overthrow foreign governments, particularly those in militarily weak states. Her other works include “Toppling Foreign Governments: The Logic of Regime Change” and “Planning the Peace and Enforcing the Surrender: Deterrence in the Allied Occupations of Germany and Japan.” She was also a fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science & International Affairs.
Monday, February 24: 4-5:30
Hein Goemans, University of Rochester
Title: Maps to Die For?
Discussant: Nick Anderson
Hein Goemans is a professor at the University of Rochester. His current major research revolves around territory, borders and homelands; in a nutshell: why are people willing to fight and die for this, but not that piece of territory? His previous research examined the role of leaders in war termination and war initiation. His works include War and Punishment and Leaders and International Conflict, which won the Joseph S. Lepgold Prize as the Best Book in International Relations published in 2011.
Monday, March 9: 4-5:30pm
Steven Ward, Cornell University
Discussant: Shahryar Pasandideh
Steven Ward is an assistant professor of government and the Associate Director of the Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies at Cornell University. He is currently conducting one project on the relationship between status concerns and domestic politics in the context of relative decline and another on the role of tripwire forces as deterrent signals. He published is first book, Status and the Challenge of Rising Powers, in 2017.
Monday, March 30: 4-5:30pm
Anoop Sarbahi, University of Minnesota
Discussant: Neha Ansari
Anoop Sarbahi is a professor of political science at the University of Minnesota. His research interests include ethnicity, civil wars, counter insurgency, post-conflict transition and state rebuilding and political economy of inter-group and inter-regional disparities. His expertise is in geospatial analysis involving satellite imagery and geographical information systems. His works include “The Impact of US Drone Strikes on Terrorism in Pakistan” and “Religion, War & Famine: A Micro-level Analysis of Rebel Recruitment.” His research has received support from the United State Institute of Peace (USIP), Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, the Institute of Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC) at the University of California, San Diego, the UCLA International Institute, the UCLA Asia Institute, and the US Department of Defense Minerva Initiative.
Monday, April 13: 4-5:30pm
Barbara Elias, Bowdoin College
Discussant: Michelle Cerna
Barbara Elias is an assistant professor of government at Bowdoin College and specializes in international relations, counterinsurgency warfare, national security, U.S. foreign policy and Islam and politics. She previously was the Director of the Afghanistan/Pakistan/Taliban Documentation Project at The National Security Archive in Washington D.C. Her works include “Local Minorities in Counterinsurgency” U.S. Approaches to Baghdad and Saigon Regarding Marginalized Populations” and “The Big Problem of Small Allies: New Data and Theory on Defiant Local Counterinsurgency Partners in Afghanistan and Iraq.”
Monday, April 27: 4-5:30pm
Jessica Weeks, University of Wisconsin
Discussant: Andrew Bowen
Jessica Weeks is an associate professor and Trice Family Faculty Scholar at the University of Wisconsin. She published her book, Dictators at War and Peace in 2014 and was the 2018 recipient of the International Studies Association Karl Deutsch Award. She previously was an assistant professor of government at Cornell University.