Program on International Security Policy

PISP explores the major theoretical debates and policy issues in the field of international security. The workshop provides a forum for graduate students, Chicago faculty, and outside academics to present original unpublished research, commonly a draft journal article or dissertation/book chapter. Policy experts also come to PISP to share their knowledge of the key issues of the day. Topics include nuclear proliferation, theories of war and peace, American national security policy, military doctrine and organization, and terrorism.

Autumn 2014 Workshops

October 7Stephen M. Walt (Harvard Kennedy School)
"Why Does US Foreign Policy Keep Failing?"
October 14Paul Staniland (University of Chicago)
"Governing Coercion: Armed Politics and the State in South Asia"
October 21Fotini Christia (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
"Do Elected Councils Improve Governance? Experimental Evidence on Local Institutions in Afghanistan"
October 28Sebastian Schmidt (University of Chicago)
"The Military Instrument and Territorial Authority: Historical Congruence and Contemporary Decoupling"
November 4Alexander Wendt (The Ohio State University)
"Sovereignty as the Right to Kill Foreigners: Why a World State is Democratically Necessary"
November 11Christopher Mercado (University of Chicago)
"Decontamination: Exploring the Motivations for Post-War Purges"
November 18Katy Lindquist (University of Chicago)
"State Sponsorship of International Terrorism: Revolutionary Ideologies and High-Profile Violence"
November 25CANCELED
December 2Odette Lienau (Cornell University)
"Law in Hiding: Market Principles and Mistaken Hierarchies in International Law"