My expertise is in the areas of civil war studies, counterinsurgency and conflict resolution. My research brings together unique elements in a coherent program. It is informed by extensive fieldwork and presents an integrated scholarship of war and peace. I study civil wars in the Middle East with systematic and original data. In addition to several scholarly articles, my book on the political economy of conflict management is published by Stanford University Press Security Studies (2012). My second book on the Turkish civil war has recently been published by Cornell University Press (May 2015). I am currently working on my third book on toponymic renaming and ethnic exclusion.
international security, civil wars and conflict resolution, counterinsurgency, insurgency, Middle East
PSCI 2223 - Introduction to International Relations
Summer 2019 / Fall 2019 / Summer 2020 / Summer 2021 / Summer 2022 / Fall 2023
Introduces the field of international relations, with general survey of the theories, histories, and problems of historical and contemporary relations among state and nonstate actors.
PSCI 3123 - War, Peace, and Strategic Defense
Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021
Analyzes employment, or the threat of employing force, in securing American interests in the post-Cold War world. Gives special attention to utilities claimed for nuclear weapons, and alternatively, to weapons control and disarmament. Recommended prerequisite: PSCI 2223. Similar to PACS 3800.
PSCI 3163 - American Foreign Policy
Fall 2018 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 / Fall 2021 / Spring 2022 / Spring 2023 / Summer 2023
Examines foundations, assumptions, objectives, dynamics, and methods of U.S. foreign policy since WWII. Gives special attention to domestic and external problems of adapting U.S. policy to the changing world environment. Recommended prerequisite: PSCI 2223.
PSCI 7008 - Teaching Political Science
Fall 2021 / Fall 2023
Designed to prepare graduate student teachers in the essentials of political science teaching and provide a background in theories of political science teaching and practical skills development in discipline-specific education.