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Expertise for Media Contact

Military personnel issues: e.g. recruiting, retention, the draft, privatization

Civil-military relations: e.g. relations between top military commanders and the executive and legislative branches, legal issues regarding military personnel, public opinion and the military

US foreign and defense policy, especially with respect to the Middle East

NATO, transatlantic, and EU security issues

Terrorism and counterterror

Insurgency and counterinsurgency

Media Contributions

Guest Post on Tom Ricks’s blog The Best Defense, “Some Thoughts on the Problem of Politicians in the National Guard” with Jessica Blankshain 

Guest Post on Tom Ricks’s blog The Best Defense, “Desch and Ricks are too Optimistic about the Effects of Budget Cuts on the Military” 

Interview “River to River” on Iowa Public Radio Station KUNI, Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014, discussing unrest in Ukraine, dynamics of the Syrian conflict, and Iran-Iraq relations.  

Interview “River to River” on Iowa Public Radio Station KUNI, Wednesday, Jan 8, 2014, discussing foreign policy hotspots for 2014 (North Korea, China, Syria).

Interview "River to River: Talk Politics" on Iowa Public Radio Station KUNI, Wednesday June 5, 2013, discussing the appointments of Susan Rice as NSA and Samantha Power as UN Ambassador, developments in Syria, and protests in Turkey.

Interview “River to River” on Iowa Public Radio Station KUNI, Wednesday, Mar 13, 2013, discussing drones and cyberwarfare as well as updates on international security threats.

Interview "River to River: Talk Politics" on Iowa Public Radio Station KUNI, Wednesday September 26, 2012, discussing Obama’s address to the UN, Obama’s and Romney’s speeches at the Clinton Global Initiative, and general issues relating to the international dimensions of the election

Interview on KWWL News Channel 7, Wednesday September 12, 2012, on the attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi

Interview "River to River: Talk Politics" on Iowa Public Radio station KUNI, Wednesday, August 1, 2012, comparing Obama and Romney on foreign policy

Interview on KWWL News Channel 7, Thursday June 14, 2012, on the situation in Syria.

Interview “The Exchange: Talk Politics” on Iowa Public Radio station KUNI, Wednesday August 24, 2011, on the situations in Libya and Syria, implications for the US elections, and the future of the region.

Interview “The Exchange: Talk Politics” on Iowa Public Radio station KUNI, Wednesday, March 23, 2011, on the enforcement of a no-fly zone over Libya and the President’s authority to make such a decision.

Quoted in the Santa Cruz Sentinel on military recruiting issues, December 13, 2009, "Even in Santa Cruz, Growing Number of People Seek Financial Refuge in the Military", byline Shanna McCord

Quoted in the Christian Science Monitor on military recruiting issues, November 12, 2009, "High Unemployment Means High Military Recruitment", byline Tom A. Peter

Interview “Worldview” on Chicago Public Radio station 91.5 WBEZ, Thursday, October 6, 2005 on the use of the military in domestic law enforcement.

 

Invited Talks

“Are Targeted Killings Legal?” and “Ethics and the Law of War”, Center for War Studies, University of Southern Denmark, Feb 2013

"Costless Wars? Drones, the All-Volunteer Force, and Challenges to Political Accountability” (roundtable chair), Student Conference on US Affairs, Dept. of Social Sciences, US Military Academy at West Point, Nov 2012

“The Use of Torture in the War on Terror” panelist/commentator on the film The Ghosts of Abu Ghraib, Reaching for Higher Ground: Community after 9/11 series, UNI, Cedar Falls, Feb 2012

“US Foreign Policy: Where to after Afghanistan and Iraq?”, Army ROTC unit, University of Northern Iowa, Apr 2012

“Strategy and Liberty in Thucydides’ Peloponnesian War”, Liberty Fund Conference, San Antonio, TX, Feb 2011

“US Strategy in Afghanistan and Terrorism as an Insurgent Tactic”, Army ROTC unit, University of Northern Iowa, Mar 2010

“Politics, Economics, and Compulsory Military Service”, University of Wisconsin - Madison, Oct 2009

“Who Will Serve? Labor Markets, Education, and Military Personnel Policy”, University of Oklahoma, Nov 2008

“Integrating an All-Volunteer Force: Perspectives for Germany”, Workshop: From Conscription to All-Volunteer Forces – European Experiences and Lessons for Germany, Bundeswehr University, Munich, Germany, Oct 2008

“Who Will Serve? Labor Markets, Education, and Military Personnel Policy”, Naval Postgraduate School, Feb 2008

“Varieties of Capitalism and Outsourcing War”, Colloque: Privatizing National Defense – a Transatlantic Perspective, Centre d’Études et des Recherches Internationales, Paris, France, Nov 2007

“Who Will Serve? National Educational Systems and Military Selection Policies”, Olin Seminar, Harvard University, Nov 2006

Consultant on military accessions policies, NATO Building Military Capability Conference, Brussels, Belgium, Jun 2004

 

Conference Presentations

“Bloody Dictators and Bleeding Hearts: Atrocities, Regime Type, and Support for Intervention”, paper with Justin Holmes, Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL (invited), Apr 2013

“Relations Between Uniformed and Contractor Personnel in Operations”, Paper, Emerging Scholars in Civil-Military Relations, Chapel Hill, NC, Oct 2012

“We Don’t Do Windows: Relations Between Uniformed and Contractor Personnel in Operations”, Paper, authors’ conference for a special issue of Small Wars and Insurgencies, Uppsala, Sweden, Sep 2012

“Economic Structure and Military Innovation: the US and German Armies in Afghanistan”, Paper, American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA (accepted), Sep 2012

“Defending What? Mission Posture, Labor Markets, and Military Manpower”, Paper co-authored with Nathan W. Toronto, Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, Apr 2012

“Markets and Manpower: the Political Economy of Compulsory Military Service”, Paper co-authored with Nathan W. Toronto, Meeting of the European Research Group on Military and Society, Amsterdam, NL , Jun 2011

“Markets and Manpower: the Political Economy of Compulsory Military Service”, Paper co-authored with Nathan W. Toronto, Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, Apr 2011

“What’s in it for Me? Economic Structure and Military Innovation”, Paper, American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, Sep 2010

“Labor Markets and Recruiting: the Case of France”, Paper, Centre d’Études et Recherches Internationales, Colloquium on “Who Will Fight? Issues, Challenges, and Solutions for Military Recruitment”, Paris, France, Jun 2010

“Force Structure, Reserves, and the Future of War”, Paper, Dept. of War Studies, King’s College London, UNC-Chapel Hill, and the Triangle Institute for Security Studies Conference on War and Military Operations in the 21st Century: Civil-Military Implications, Chapel Hill, NC, Apr 2010

“Threats, Liberty, and Labor Markets: the Politics and Economics of Compulsory Military Service”, Paper, Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, Apr 2010

“What’s in it for Me? Economic Structure and Military Innovation”, Paper, Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, Apr 2010

“Who Will Serve? Education, Labor Markets, and Military Personnel Policy”, Paper, Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, Apr 2009

“It Wasn’t in my Contract: Defense Contracting and Civilian Control of Policy”, Paper, American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, Aug 2008

“Military Skills: How the national vocational training system influences military organization and training”, Paper,  Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society, Chicago, IL, Oct 2007

“Who Will Serve? Education, Labor Markets, and Military Personnel Policy”, Paper, Triangle Institute for Security Studies New Faces Conference, Durham, NC, Sep 2007

“Who Will Serve? Varieties of Capitalism and Military Personnel Policy”, Poster, American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, Sep 2006

“Organism or Organic Soup? Uncovering the Structure of Civil-Military Relations”, Paper, Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society, Chicago, IL, Oct 2005

“Civil-Military Relations and Foreign Policy in the United States”, Paper co-authored with Peter D. Feaver, International Studies Association Conference, Honolulu, HI, Mar 2005

“Expectations, Regulations, and Civil-Military Relations”, Paper, ERGOMAS Biennial Conference, Paris, France, Dec 2004

 “Should the U.S. Reconsider National Service?”, Paper, Transatlantic Roundtable “Filling NATO’s Ranks: Military Personnel Policies in Transition”, Brussels, Belgium, Jun 2003