ISCS Security Policy Workshop Series Fall 2019

ISCS Security Policy Workshop Series Fall 2019

Monday, September 16: 4-5:30

Rosella Capella Zielinski, Boston University

Title: “Supplying War”

Rosella Cappella Zielinski is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Boston University who specializes in study the political economy of security. Her primary research interests include the mobilization of resources for war, defense spending, and conflict dynamics. She is the author of How States Pay for Wars, the winner of the 2017 American Political Science Association Robert L. Jervis and Paul W. Schroeder Best Book Award in International History and Politics.



Monday, September 26: 4-5:30

Charli Carpenter, University of Massachusetts—Amherst

Title: “The Stopping Power of Norms”

Charli Carpenter is a professor of political science at UMass Amherst. Her teaching and research interests include the politics of war law, transnational advocacy networks, protection of civilians, humanitarian disarmament, and the role of popular culture in global human security policy. She has a particular interest in the gap between intentions and outcomes among advocates of human security. Publications include “Explaining the Advocacy Agenda: Insights from the Human Security Network” and “Questions of life and death: (De)constructing human rights norms through US public opinion surveys.”

Monday, October 7: 4:00-5:30

Ron Hassner, UC-Berkeley

Title: “How Torture Works: Evidence from the Spanish Inquisition”

Ron Hassner teaches international conflict and religion at UC-Berkeley. He is the faculty director of the Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies and holds the Helen Diller Family Chair in Israel Studies. He has received several awards, including the Berkeley Undergraduate Political Science Association’s “Distinguished Teaching Award” and the American Political Science Association’s “Outstanding Teaching in Political Science Award.” His research explores the role of ideas, practices and symbols in international security with particular attention to the relationship between religion and violence. His publications include Religion on the Battlefield and Religion and International Relations.

Monday, October 28: 4-5:30

Mark Bell, University of Minnesota

Title: “The Path Dependence of Nuclear Thinking”

Mark Bell is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Minnesota. His research examines issues relating to nuclear weapons and proliferation, international relations theory, and US and British foreign policy. His works include “‘Acquisition-Use Presumption’ in Assessing the Likelihood of Nuclear Terrorism” and “How to Think About Nuclear Crises.”

Monday, November 4: 4-5:30

Jason Lyall, Dartmouth College

Title: “Inequality and Desertion”

Jason Lyall is the inaugural James Wright Associate Professor of Transnational Studies and also directs the Political Violence FieldLab at the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding. His research examines the effects and effectiveness of political violence in civil and conventional wars. His forthcoming book is called Divided Armies: Inequality and Battlefield Performance in Modern War. Previously, he has conducted fieldwork in Russia and Afghanistan, where he served as the Technical Adviser for USAID’s Measuring the Impact of Stabilization Initiatives (MISTI) project during 2012-15.

Monday, November 18: 4-5:30

Ben Buchanan, Georgetown University

Title: “Expanding the Aperture: Advocating a Broader Approach to Studying Cyber Operations”

Ben Buchanan is an assistant teaching professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, where he conducts research on the intersection of cybersecurity and statecraft. His first book, The Cybersecurity Dilemma, was published in 2017. Previously, he was a Marshall Scholar at King’s College London, where he earned his PhD.

Monday, December 2: 4-5:30

Marina Henke, Northwestern University

Title: “Intervention Entrepreneurs and the Fall of the Libyan Dictator Gaddafi”

Marina Henke’s academic expertise is in military interventions, peacekeeping and European security and defense policy. She examines questions such as: Why do military interventions occur? Her works include “The Rotten Carrot: Reexamining U.S.-Turkish Bargaining Failure over Iraq” and “The Politics of Diplomacy: How the United States builds Multilateral Military Coalitions.” She previously was a Jennings Randolph Peace Scholar with the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) and served as the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Public and International Affairs (JPIA). Additionally, she worked with the U.S. House of Representatives’ Ways and Means Committee, the European Commission, the European Parliament, the German Foreign Office as well as NGOs in Mexico and Argentina.