International Relations and Comparative Politics: Intersections in Security Studies

CIS Faculty Research Panel Series

Todd S. Sechser will be presenting: "Military Mechanization and the Duration of Civil Wars" and Scott Gartner will be presenting: "Counter Insurgency Warfare and Suicide in the Military."
“International Relations and Comparative Politics: Intersections in Security Studies”
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"Counter Insurgency Warfare and Suicide in the Military"SCOTT GARTNER, Penn State University

"Military Mechanization and the Duration of Civil Wars"TODD S. SECHSER, University of Virginia

Monday, March 1012:00pm-2:00pmLocation: Tutor Campus Center, Room 232
Lunch will be provide. Event is open to the public, no rsvp required.
Chair: Patrick James, USC
Discussant: Mark Paradis, USC

About Scott Gartner:Scott Sigmund Gartner is a scholar of conflict mediation and empirical studies of war. His research focuses on the intersection of foreign and domestic politics, U.S. national security, wartime assessment, and third-party mediation. Professor Gartner teaches classes in international mediation, U.S. national security and research design. Prior to joining Penn State, he directed the International Relations Program at the University of California Davis. Gartner's over fifty academic publications include books such as Strategic Assessment in War and The Historical Statistics of the United States, and articles in top journals in Political Science, Sociology, International Affairs, History, Intelligence, and Communications. His honors include the Jefferson award for the best government resource, the RUSA Outstanding Reference Award, Booklist Editor's Choice Award, Library Journal Best Reference Award, History News Network Book of the Month and the American Political Science Association's best policy thesis award. His op ed. columns include: The Huffington Post, USA Today, The Christian Science Monitor and Newsday. He and his research have appeared in: The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, Newsweek, The Atlantic, The History Network, MSNBC, NPR, and ABC. He is currently working on studies of 1) suicide in the military, 2) strategic assessment in insurgency, 3) international dispute mediation, 4) military casualties and politics and 5) chemical weapons..​

About Todd Sechser:Todd S. Sechser (Ph.D., Stanford, 2007) is Assistant Professor of Politics specializing in questions of international security.  His research interests include military coercion, reputations in international relations, the strategic effects of nuclear weapons, and the sources and consequences of military doctrine. Sechser's work has been published in the American Journal of Political Science, International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, and the Journal of Conflict Resolution.  His dissertation won the 2008 Walter Isard Award for the best dissertation in peace science. Sechser has held research fellowships at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (Stanford), the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs (Harvard), and the Olin Institute for Strategic Studies (Harvard).  In 2011-12 he was a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.
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