Learn about the books, reports, and journal articles our faculty have published.

Articles and Reports

Assessing the Islamic State Threat

April 01, 2015

In Chapter 5 of Rocky Harbors: Taking Stock of the Middle East in 2015, Stephen Biddle, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, assesses the perceived and actual threats that the Islamic State group (ISG) poses to U.S. and other Western interests. 

When War Helps Civil–military Relations: Prolonged Interstate Conflict and the Reduced Risk of Coups

February 03, 2015

 Caitlin Talmadge, Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs,  authors, When War Helps Civil–military Relations: Prolonged Interstate Conflict and the Reduced Risk of Coups.” Journal of Conflict Resolution,  February 2015. 1-27

Afghanistan’s Legacy: Emerging Lessons of an Ongoing War

June 01, 2014

Stephen Biddle, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs;  “Afghanistan’s Legacy: Emerging Lessons of an Ongoing War,” The Washington Quarterly, Vol. 37, No. 2 (Summer 2014), pp. 73-86


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.