Professor of Government
I have taught at
Department of Defense and the U.S. Senate and advised several presidential campaigns on foreign policy.
My research has focused on decision making and the use of force, civil and ethnic conflicts, alliance
burden sharing, the making of
I am the President of the Consortium on Qualitative Research Methods (information on the consortium and
its two-week training institute can be found here).
I am currently writing a book on why some of the proponents of intervention
their minds and others have not. This case provides insight into the more general questions of why, how,
and under what conditions political actors recognize error, update their expectations, and either displace
blame or accept responsibility for policies that produce bad outcomes.