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Steve Biddle

Stephen Biddle, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, and Director, Institute for Security and Conflict Studies, recently testified before the House Armed Services Committee on the U.S. government's options for responding to the advances made by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Iraq.

Harris Mylonas

Harris Mylonas, Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, recently co-authored an article titled, "Interstate Relations, Perceptions, and Power Balance: Explaining China's Policies Toward Ethnic Groups, 1949-1965" in Security Studies.

Matthew Levinger

Matthew Levinger, Visiting Professor of International Affairs, and Director, National Security Studies Program and Masters of International Policy and Practice Program, recently authored a blog post titled, "Strengthening Local Engagement in Peacebuilding."

Research Spotlight

ISCS Antietam trip

ISCS Staff Ride to Antietam Battlefield

In October, ISCS members participated in a staff ride across the Antietam 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 Antietam campaign and how these variables interacted to shape the battle and its results.

Charles Glaser

ISCS awarded Carnegie Corporation grant

ISCS has been awarded a grant by the Carnegie Corporation of New York to study U.S. nuclear policy toward China. The ISCS project is one of four supported by a recent large Carnegie award to the Elliott School. As China modernizes and enlarges its strategic nuclear and conventional force, the United States will face an array of new questions and difficult policy challenges. The ISCS project will frame the full set of emerging nuclear issues, and the related set of conventional strategy issues, and analyze them fully. Among the key topics the project will address are U.S. nuclear strategy and forces; U.S. missile defense requirements and their implications for U.S. strategy and arms control; the implications of U.S. strategic nuclear choices for the U.S.-Japan alliance and for the nuclear proliferation decisions of Japan and South Korea; U.S. conventional strategy in East Asia and its relationship to U.S. nuclear strategy and capabilities; and, the possible escalatory dangers that could be generated by U.S. conventional operations. ISCS director Charles Glaser will lead the project. The other ISCS affiliated faculty members participating in the project are Stephen Biddle, Alexander Downes, Mike Mochizuki, and Caitlin Talmadge.

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