ISCS Security Policy Workshop Series Spring 2019

ISCS Security Policy Workshop Series Spring 2019

Monday January 28: 4-5:30pm

Sarah Kreps, Cornell University

Title: TBD

Sarah Kreps is an Associate Professor of Government and Adjunct Professor of Law at Cornell University. In 2017-2018, she is an Adjunct Scholar at the Modern War Institute (West Point). She is also a Faculty Fellow in the Milstein Program in Technology and Humanity at the Cornell Tech Campus in New York City.

Dr. Kreps is the author of four books, including, most recently, Taxing Wars: The American Way of War Finance and the Decline of Democracy (Oxford University Press, 2018), which deals with the causes and consequences of how advanced industrialized democracies such as the US, UK, and France pay for its wars. She has also written two books on drones, including Drones: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2016) and Drone Warfare (Polity Press, 2014; with John Kaag). Her first book was called Coalitions of Convenience: United States Military Interventions after the Cold War (Oxford University Press, 2011) and analyzed military interventions carried out over the last decade.

Monday, February 11: 4-5:30pm

Brian Christopher Rathbun, USC

Title: TBD

Brian Rathbun received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley in 2002 and has taught at USC since 2008. He has written four solo-authored books, on humanitarian intervention, multilateral institution building, diplomacy and rationality. His articles have appeared or are forthcoming in International Organization, International Security, World Politics, International Studies Quartlery, the Journal of Politics, Security Studies, the European Journal of International Relations, International Theory, and the Journal of Conflict Resolution among others. He is the recipient of the 2009 USC Parents Association Teaching and Mentoring Award. In 2019 he will be recognized as a Distinguished Scholar by the Diplomatic Studies Section of the International Studies Association. In his free time, he rescues kittens from trees.


Monday, February 25: 4-5:30pm

William J. Norris, Texas A&M

Title: TBD

Dr. William Norris is currently an associate professor of Chinese foreign and security policy at the George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University where he teaches graduate-level courses in Chinese domestic politics, East Asian security, and Chinese foreign policy. Dr. Norris has been an associate with the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington D.C. where his work examined the potential for a conventional US-China conflict to escalate to the nuclear realm. He was also a postdoctoral research associate at the Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs and a fellow in the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program, a joint program created by the two universities to foster the study of China’s foreign relations. He completed his doctoral work in the Security Studies Program in the Department of Political Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he specialized in the confluence of economics and security, focusing on the role of economics in contemporary Chinese grand strategy.

Monday, March 18: 4-5:30pm

Joshua Rovner, American University 

Title: TBD

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.

Monday, April 1: 4-5:30pm

Heidi Hardt, University of California-Irvine

Title: TBD

Dr. Hardt’s research examines how and why international organizations engage in conflict management. Her work examines multilateral decision-making processes, international crisis management operations, international organization efficiency and dysfunction, institutional memory, adaptation and gender mainstreaming in operational effectiveness. She has expertise in NATO, the EU, the UN, the African Union, international security, crisis management, organizational culture, organizational learning, gender representation and gender mainstreaming. Her first book was published in 2014 and titled “Time to React: The Efficiency of International Organizations in Crisis Response” (Oxford University Press). Her second book “Lessons in Failure: Institutional Memory in International Organization Crisis Management” (Oxford University Press) will be published in the spring of 2018. The National Science Foundation, the Fulbright Commission and NATO Science for Peace and Security have funded her research.

Monday, April 22: 4-5:30pm

Nina Silove, Australian National University

Title: TBD

Nina Silove is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University. Her research focuses on grand strategy, strategic planning, and U.S. policy toward the Asia-Pacific. She holds a DPhil (PhD) in International Relations from the University of Oxford and a degree in law with first class honors from the University of Technology, Sydney, where she also received the Alumni Association Achievement Award for Contribution to the University. Previously, she was a Research Fellow in the International Security Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs in the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, a postdoctoral fellow at the Clements Center for National Security at the University of Texas at Austin, a fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at Stanford University, and the Tutor for International Politics in Diplomatic Studies at the University of Oxford. Her research has appeared in the journal International Security and is forthcoming in Security Studies.