Roy Licklider

Senior Research Scholar, Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies Professor of Political Science, Rutgers University

Professor Roy Licklider is Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University and an Affiliate at the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University.  His current research focuses on how people who have been killing one another in civil wars with considerable skill and enthusiasm can form working political communities.

Licklider taught at Tougaloo College before coming to Rutgers in l968 and has held teaching positions at Columbia University, Princeton University, and Yale University.  He has taught courses in international relations, foreign and military policy, terrorism, research design, international political economy, and the comparative politics of higher education.  Licklider has been a member of the Inter-University Consortium for Foreign Policy Research and the University Seminar on Reconciliation at Columbia University, President of the Comparative Foreign Policy Section of the International Studies Association, Program Officer at the Exxon Education Foundation, and consultant for the Political Instability Task Force at Science Applications International Corporation.  For twenty years, he was a member of Charles Tilly’s faculty/student workshop, first at the New School for Social Research and then at Columbia University.

Licklider received a B.A. from Boston University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in international relations from Yale University.



Roy Lickider, The Private Nuclear Strategists (Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 1971).

Roy Licklider, Political Power and the Arab Oil Weapon: The Experience of Five Industrial Nations (Studies in International Political Economy), ed. Stephen D. Krasner (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1988).

Stopping the Killing: How Civil Wars End (New York: New York University Press, 1993).

Roy Licklider, New Armies from Old: Merging Competing Militaries after Civil Wars (Washington: Georgetown University Press, 2014).

Roy Licklider, Living Together After Ethnic Killing: Debating the Kaufmann Thesis (New York: Routledge, 2007).

Book Chapters

Roy Licklider, “Civil War Outcomes,” in Handbook of War Studies III The Intrastate Dimension, ed. Manus I. Midlarsky (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2009).

Roy Licklider, “Comparative Studies of Long Wars” in Grasping the Nettle: Analyzing Cases of Intractability, eds. Chester Crocker, Fen Osler Hampson, and Pamela Aall (Washington: United States Institute of Peace Press, 2005).

Roy Licklider, “The Consequences of Negotiated Settlements in Civil Wars, 1945-1993,” American Political Science Review 89, no. 3 (1995): 681.

Roy Licklider, “Obstacles to Peace Settlements” in Turbulent Peace: The Challenges of Managing International Conflict, eds. Chester A. Crocker, Fen Olser Hampson, and Pamela Aall (Washington: United States Institute of Peace Press, 2001).

Roy Licklider, “Somalia, U.S. Military Involvement in,” in The Oxford Companion to American Military History, ed. John Whiteclay Chambers II (New York: Oxford University Press, 1999).

Roy Licklider, “Oil and World Politics,” and “Oil Companies,” in Encyclopedia of U.S. Foreign Relations, ed. Glenn Hastedt
(New York: Oxford University Press, 1997).

Roy Licklider, “How Civil Wars End: Preliminary Results from a Comparative Project,” in Controlling and Ending Conflict: Issues Before and After the Cold War, eds. Stephen J. Cimbala and Sidney Waldman (Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishers, 1992).

Roy Licklider, “How Do We Know What We Know?” in International Relations: Introductory Readings, ed. Edward Rhodes (Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt Publishing, 1992).

Roy Lickider. “The Arab Oil Embargo of 1973-74,” in David Leyton-Brown (ed.), The Utility of International Economic Sanctions. New York: St. Martin’s Press and London: Croom Helm, Ltd., 1987, pp. 155-181.

Roy Licklider, “Arab Oil and Japanese Foreign Policy,” Middle East Review 18, no. 1 (1985): 23.

Roy Licklider, “Faculty Ethics in an Academic Depression,” in Disorders in Higher Education, eds. Frederick deW. Bolman and Clarence Walton (Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1979).

Roy Licklider, “Policy Scientists and Nuclear Weapons Policy,” in The Use and Abuse of Social Science, ed. Irving L. Horowitz (New Brunswick: Transaction Books, 1971).

Roy Licklider, “Democracy and the Renewal of Civil Wars” in Harvey Starr, Approaches, Levels and Methods of Analysis in International Politics: Crossing Boundaries. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006, pp. 95-116.

Journal Articles

Ronald B. Krebs and Roy Licklider,  “United They Fall: Why the International Community Should Not Promote Military Integration after Civil War,” International Security 40, no. 3 (2015-16): 93-138.

Roy Licklider, “Merging Competing Militaries after Civil Wars,” Prism: A Journal of the Center for the Management of Complex Operations 5, no. 1 (2014): 53-61.

Roy Licklider and Mia Bloom, “What’s All the Shouting About?” Security Studies 13, no. 4 (2004): 1.

Roy Licklider, “The American Way of State-Building: Germany, Japan, Panama and Somalia,” Small Wars and Insurgencies 10, no. 3 (1999): 82.

Roy Licklider and Pierre M. Atlas, “Conflict among Former Allies after Civil War Settlement in Sudan, Zimbabwe, Chad, and Lebanon,” Journal of Peace Research 36, no. 1 (1999): 35.

Roy Licklider, “Early Returns: Results of the First Wave of Statistical Studies of Civil War Termination,” Civil Wars 1, no. 3 (1998): 120.

Roy Licklider, “A Political Primer for Educational Innovation,” Improving College and University Teaching 29, no. 1 (1981): 12.

Roy Licklider, “The Power of Oil: The Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Canada, Japan and the United States,” International Studies Quarterly 32, no. 2 (1988): 205.

Roy Licklider and H. Peter Gray, “Protection in a Democracy,” Eastern Economic Journal 12, no. 2 (1986): 89.

Roy Licklider and H. Peter Gray, “International Trade Warfare: Economic and Political Strategies,” European Journal of Political Economy 1, no. 4 (1985): 563.

Roy Licklider, “The Failure of the Arab Oil Weapon in 1973-1974,” Comparative Strategy 3, no. 4 (1982), pp. 365-380

Roy Licklider. “A Skeptic’s View of Corporate Jobs and New Academic Programs,” American Political Science Association 12, no. 1 (1979): 26.

Roy Licklider, “Evaluating Predictions of World Population and Food Supply,” Human Ecology 6 (1978): 165.

Roy Licklider, “Soviet Control of Eastern Europe: Morality versus American National Interest,” Political Science Quarterly 91, no. 4 (1976): 619.

Roy Licklider, “Simulation and the Private Nuclear Strategists,” Simulation and Games 2, no. 2 (1971): 163.

Roy Licklider, “The Missile Gap Controversy,” Political Science Quarterly 85, no. 4 (1970): 600.

Roy Licklider, “Ethical Advice: Conflict Management vs. Human Rights in Ending Civil Wars,” Journal of Human Rights 7 (2008): 376-387.

Roy Licklider, “How Unique is South African Military Integration?” Scientia Militaria, South African Journal of Military Studies 43, no. 1 (2015): 149 – 155.