In his writings on the topic of war, Carl von Clausewitz masterfully combined practical insight with theoretical reflection. His analysis of the intimate relationship between war and politics had and still has a profound impact on military practice and on political science scholarship alike. It is thus surprising that when scholars in the political science […]
Why do international peacebuilding organizations sometimes succeed and sometimes fail, even within the same country? Bridging the gaps between the peacekeeping, peacebuilding, and global governance scholarship, this book argues that international peacebuilding organizations repeatedly fail because they are accountable to global actors, not to local institutions or people. International peacebuilding organizations can succeed only when […]
Did the Cold War of the 1980s nearly turn hot? Much has been made of NATO’s November 1983 Able Archer 83 command post exercise, which the literature typically casts as having nearly precipitated a nuclear war. Warsaw Pact policy-makers, according to the conventional wisdom, suspected that the exercise was more than just a rehearsal of […]
Mainstream IR and Comparative Politics in the King, Keohane, and Verba era have been dominated by a prescriptive vision of science modeled on theoretical Physics and rooted in a covering-law conception of explanation and a Humean associational conception of causation. The standard view in the contemporary philosophy of science, however, is that different sciences employ […]
Lisa Anderson has joined the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies as a resident member. Anderson is James T. Shotwell Professor Emerita of International Relations; Dean Emerita of the School of International and Public Affairs; and Special Lecturer in International and Public Affairs. She is a specialist on politics in the Middle East and […]
Saltzman Institute resident Member Keren Yarhi-Milo has won the American Political Science Association’s Foreign Policy Section Book Award for Who Fights for Reputation? The Psychology of Leaders in International Conflict, (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2018). On August 30, 2019, she will be presented with her award and a monetary prize during APSA’s General Meeting […]
On August 2, 2019, Stephen Sestanovich had an opinion piece in the New York Times online entitled, “Is Putin Burning Out?” Sestanovich posits that the demonstrations of recent weeks may push Putin to make mistakes that test his grip on power.
Kimberly Marten (Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science, Barnard College) published “Russia’s Use of Semi-state Security Forces: The Case of the Wagner Group” in Post-Soviet Affairs. This is the definitive history of the Wagner Group, using high-quality, primarily Russian-language, well documented sources. It explains how Putin’s patronage politics makes Wagner’s illegality a necessity. It also discusses how Wagner […]
Postdoctoral Research Fellow Richard Hanania’s op ed, Trump, Social Science and Media Bias, appeared in The Wall Street Journal online on July 4, 2019. You can read it here.
Mark Hannah & Stephen Wertheim in The Guardian: Here’s One Way Democrats Can Defeat Trump – Be Radically Anti-War
Mark Hannah and Stephen Wertheim published an essay in the Guardian on July 1, 2019. Here’s One Way the Democrats Can Defeat Trump: Be Radically Anti-War, argues that Democrats have an opportunity to win votes from Trump on foreign policy, but only if they choose a clear line of attack. They propose that Democratic candidates offer […]
Institute Member Jason Healey has a new article in The Boston Review, “Democracy’s Dilemma,” published May 22, 2019. Click here to see the full article.
Institute member Stuart Gottlieb has a new article in Columbia News, “What Sri Lanka’s Easter Bombings Say About ISIS,” published April 24, 2019. For the full article click here.
Institute member Stuart Gottlieb has a new article, “The terror to come,” in The Hill, published April 14, 2019. Click here to see the full article.
Institute Member Stuart Gottlieb has a new letter to the editor in The New York Times, “Why NATO Still Matters,” published March 27, 2019. Click here to see the full article.
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