Cambridge, MA

October 14-15,2017

About the conference

Harvard International Security Conference
Weatherhead Center for International Affairs
1737 Cambridge St, room K262
Cambridge, MA
October 14-15, 2017

The Harvard International Security Conference brings together doctoral students and faculty members from political science and public policy programs, seeking to provide doctoral students with feedback on their research from peers and faculty outside their home institutions, and build cross-institutional relationships among the next generation of international security scholars.

Faculty Participants
Dara Kay Cohen, Harvard University
Alastair Iain Johnston, Harvard University
Joshua Kertzer, Harvard University
Anne Sartori, Harvard University / MIT
Kathryn Sikkink, Harvard University
Stephen Walt, Harvard University
Allison Carnegie, Columbia University
Austin Carson, University of Chicago
Jennifer Erickson, Boston College
Stacie Goddard, Wellesley College
Jarrod Hayes, University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Michael Horowitz, University of Pennsylvania
Eleonora Mattiacci, Amherst College
Vipin Narang, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Lindsey O'Rourke, Boston College
Emily Hencken Ritter, University of California, Merced
Monica Duffy Toft, Tufts University

Graduate Student Participants
Hyun-Binn Cho, University of Pennsylvania
Jonathan Chu, Stanford University
Benjamin Denison, University of Notre Dame
Dotan Haim, University of California, San Diego
Michael Joseph, George Washington University
Tyler Jost, Harvard University
Sarah Maxey, Cornell University
Christoph Mikulaschek, Princeton University
Asfandyar Mir, University of Chicago
Abigail Post, University of Virginia
Mitchell Radtke, Texas A&M University
Madison Schramm, Georgetown University
Jennifer Spindel, University of Minnesota
Alexandra Stark, Georgetown University
David Walsh, Rutgers University
Ketian Zhang, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Max Kuhelj Bugaric, Harvard University
Naima Green, Harvard University
Connor Huff, Harvard University
Nadya Kostyuk, University of Michigan
Yoon Jin Lee, Harvard University
Harry Oppenheimer, Harvard University
Sally White, Harvard University


Saturday, October 14

9:00 - 9:30 AM: Breakfast and Welcome

9:30 - 10:30 AM: Panel I: Domestic Politics and Intervention

Benjamin Denison, "Strategies of Domination: Uncertainty, Local Institutions and the Politics of Foreign Rule" (Discussant: Lindsey O’Rourke)
Sarah Maxey, "Knowing Your Audience: Domestic Coalitions and Justifications for Military Intervention" (Discussant: Allison Carnegie)

10:30 - 10:45 AM: Panel II: International Crises and Conflict Escalation

Madison Schramm & Alexandra Stark, "Peacemakers or Iron Ladies? A Cross-National Study of Gender and International Conflict" (Discussant: Eleonora Mattiacci)
Hyun-Binn Cho, "Provocation, Crisis Escalation and Inadvertent War" (Discussant: Stephen Walt)

11:45 AM – 12:45 PM: Lunch & Faculty Panel

Allison Carnegie & Austin Carson, "The Disclosure Dilemma: Nuclear Intelligence and International Organization"
Emily Hencken Ritter, "Oil Discoveries, Civil War, and Preventive State Repression"

12:45 – 1:45 PM: Panel III: Military Actors and Interstate Conflict

Mitchell Radtke, "When War is Bad Advice: Dictators, Ministerial Cronyism and International Conflict" (Discussant: Vipin Narang)
Tyler Jost, "Formation of Military Attitudes on the Use of Force" (Discussant: Michael Horowitz)

1:45 – 2:00 PM: Coffee Break

2:00 – 3:30 PM: Panel IV: Interstate Signaling and Coercion

Ketian Zhang, "Calculating Bully: Explaining Chinese Coercion in the South China Sea (1990-2015)" (Discussant: Austin Carson)
Michael Joseph, "More Talk, Less Action: Why Costless Diplomacy Works During Power Transitions" (Discussant: Emily Hencken Ritter)
Jennifer Spindel, "Beyond Military Power: The Foreign Policy Effects of Conventional Weapons Transfers" (Discussant: Vipin Narang)

3:30 – 3:45: Coffee Break

3:45 – 4:45: Panel V: International Institutions and Intervention

Jonathan Chu, "International Organizations and American Public Opinion on Humanitarian War" (Discussant: Joshua Kertzer)
Christoph Mikulaschek, "The Promise of Peacekeeping: Protecting Civilians in Civil Wars" (Discussant: Michael Horowitz)

6:00 – 8:30 Conference Dinner and Professional Development Discussion, Henrietta’s Table

8:30 – 9:30: Drinks in Harvard Square

Sunday October 15

9:00 – 10:00 AM: Breakfast & Faculty Panel

Michael Horowitz, "Morality, Effectiveness, and the Logic of Emerging Technologies: Public Attitudes and Autonomous Weapon Systems"
Stacie Goddard, "Embedded Revisionism: Networks, Institutions, and Challenges to World Order"

10:00 – 11:00: Panel VI: Counterterrorism and Counterinsurgency

Dotan Haim, "Civilian Social Networks, Word of Mouth and Credible Counterinsurgency" (Discussant: Monica Duffy Toft)
Asfandyar Mir, "Explaining Counterterror Effectiveness: Evidence from US Counterterrorism in Pakistan" (Discussant: Dara Kay Cohen)

11:00 – 11:15: Coffee Break

11:15 – 12:15: Panel VII: Interstate Communication

David Walsh, "Expectation Costs in International Conflict" (Discussant: Anne Sartori)
Abigail Post, "It’s the Principle at Stake: Rhetoric and Compromise in International Bargaining" (Discussant: Stacie Goddard)

Contact us

Email: harvard.intsec.conference at gmail.com