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Fall 2013

Rose Kelanic, Former Associate Director of the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies and Research Instructor in International Affairs, recently authored an op-ed titled, "China's Changing Oil Calculus," in The National Interest.

Paul Williams, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, recently published an article titled, "Protection, Resilience and Empowerment: United Nations Peacekeeping and Violence against Civilians in Contemporary War Zones," in Politics.

Charles Glaser, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs and Director of the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies, recently published an article titled, "How Oil Influences U.S. National Security," in International Security.

Rose Kelanic, Associate Director of the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies and Research Instructor in International Affairs, recently authored a paper titled, "Oil Security and Conventional War: Lessons From a China-Taiwan Air War Scenario," for the Council on Foreign Relations.

Harris Mylonas, Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, recently received the Peter Katzenstein Book Prize for his book, The Politics of Nation-Building: Making Co-Nationals, Refugees, and Minorities.

ISCS Staff Ride to Gettysburg. In September, ISCS members participated in a staff ride across the Gettysburg battlefield. Stephen Biddle, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, led the group through a directed discussion of the relationship between terrain, tactics, and technology in the Gettysburg campaign and how these variables interacted to shape the battle and its results.

Caitlin Talmadge, Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, recently co-authored and presented a paper, "The U.S.-Japan Alliance in a Time of Transition," at a roundtable for members of the local foreign policy community. The roundtable showcased a new paper series authored by alumni of the 2013 Young Strategists Forum (YSF), a leadership development program held in partnership with the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF).

Stephen Biddle, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, recently published an article titled, "Ending the War in Afghanistan: How to Avoid Failure on the Installment Plan," in Foreign Affairs.

Summer 2013

Julia MacDonald, Ph.D. Candidate-in-Residence, authored an article in Foreign Policy Analysis, titled, "Eisenhower's Scientists: Policy Entrepreneurs and the Test-Ban Debate 1954-1958.

Paul Williams, Associate Professor of International Affairs and Director of the Security Policy Studies program, published a book, titled, "Providing Peacekeepers: The Politics, Challenges, and Future of United Nations Peacekeeping Contributions." He also helped to launch the Providing for Peacekeeping Project, an independent research project that analyzes the factors that encourage or discourage states from contributing to UN peacekeeping operations.

Stephen Biddle, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, discusses the future of Afghanistan on NPR's The Talk of the Nation. Click here to listen to the full interview.

Matthew Levinger, Visiting Professor of International Affairs and Director of the National Security Studies program, has published a book, titled, "Conflict Analysis: Understanding Causes, Unlocking Solutions."

Spring 2013

Caitlin Talmadge, Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, published an article in Security Studies, "The Puzzle of Personalist Performance: Explaining Iraqi Battlefield Effectiveness in the Iran-Iraq War." Professor Talmadge also returned from a trip to Japan as part of the German Marshall Fund and Sasakawa Foundation's Young Strategists Forum. The Forum brings together emerging leaders from the United States, India, Japan, Indonesia, and Europe to discuss Asia-Pacific security issues. During the trip she met with officials from the Japanese military, MFA, and MOD, and also participated in a 2-day scenario-based crisis simulation.

Associate Professor Alexander Downes, co-authored a paper titled, "Forced to Be Free: Why Foreign-Imposed Regime Change Rarely Leads to Democratization," in the International Security.

Julia MacDonald, Ph.D. Candidate-in-Residence, co-authored an article titled, "Establishing a Marketplace of Women in Peacekeeping: An Analysis of Gender Mainstreaming in UN Peacekeeping Operations." She also received the Philip J. Amsterdam Graduate Teaching Award.

Stephen Biddle, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, returned from his eighth trip to Afghanistan, where he traveled over GW's spring break as a guest of ISAF Commanding General Joseph Dunford, USMC. While there he met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and traveled to Afghanistan's Regional Commands South, East, North, and Capital.

Pre-Doctoral Fellow Austin Carson won the ISSS Best Graduate Paper Award for his article,"Secrecy, Denial, and Escalation Management in the Korean War."

Tristan Volpe, Ph.D. Candidate-in-Residence, won a Lawrence Scholar predoctoral fellowship at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL).

Fall 2012

Associate Dean Douglas Shaw organized a special section of The Nonproliferation Review on Israeli perspectives on prospects for a WMD-free zone in the Middle East. Read more...

Michael Barnett, University Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, is hosting an international workshop on "Mapping the Humanitarian World" in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Stephen Biddle, former Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, joins ISCS as a Professor of Political Science and International Affairs.

Alexander Downes, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, recently published an article along with Todd Sesher of the Council on Foreign Relations titled, "The Illusion of Democratic Credibility."

ISCS Visiting Scholar Kathryn McNabb-Cochran wins the Kenneth N. Waltz Dissertation Award for the best dissertation in the field of Security Studies completed in 2011.


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