Research

 
 

Books


The Dictator’s Army: Battlefield Effectiveness in Authoritarian Regimes (Cornell University Press, 2015).

    Reviews on H-Diplo

    Review in Foreign Affairs


U.S. Defense Politics: the Origins of Security Policy, second edition (with Harvey Sapolsky and Eugene Gholz, Routledge, 2014).


Refereed Articles & Chapters


“The Future of U.S. Force Posture in the Gulf: The Case for a Residual Forward Presence,” in Crude Strategy: Rethinking the U.S. Military Commitment to Defend Persian Gulf Oil, edited by Charles Glaser and Rose Kelanic (Georgetown University Press, 2016).


“Different Threats, Different Militaries: Explaining Organizational Practices in Authoritarian Armies,” Security Studies, 2016.


“When War Helps Civil-Military Relations: Prolonged Interstate Conflict and the Reduced Risk of Coup Attempts,” Journal of Conflict Resolution, 2015 (with Varun Piplani).


“Hegemony, Force Posture, and the Provision of Public Goods: the Once and Future Role of Outside Powers in Securing Persian Gulf Oil,” Security Studies, 2014 (with Joshua Rovner).


“The Puzzle of Personalist Performance: Iraqi Battlefield Effectiveness in the Iran-Iraq War,” Security Studies, 2013.


“Closing Time: Assessing the Iranian Threat to the Strait of Hormuz,” International Security, 2008.


“Striking a Balance: the Lessons of U.S.-Russian Nuclear Materials Security Cooperation,” The Non-Proliferation Review, 2005.


Selected Other Publications


“Why Victory in Mosul Won’t Solve America’s Iraq Conundrum,” Lawfare blog post, April 10, 2016 (with Joshua Rovner).


“The U.S.-Japan Alliance in a Time of Transition,” German Marshall Fund Policy Brief, July 2013 (with Sheena Chestnut Greitens).


“Assessing Possible Outcomes of U.S.-Iranian Conflict in the Strait of Hormuz,” correspondence in International Security, 2008.


“Deterring a Nuclear 9/11,” The Washington Quarterly,” 2007.