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Tempting Fate

Congratulations to Paul Avey, a recent ND Ph.D and current assistant professor of Political Science at Virginia Tech, upon the publication of his book with Cornell University Press.

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Army War College Fellow

NDISC is happy to announce their first United States Army War College Fellow, Chaplain (Colonel) Larry Dabeck!

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NDISC Postdoctoral Fellow

We would like to present our new 2019-2020 postdoctoral fellow, Madison Schramm!

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New Book | Tempting Fate: Why Nonnuclear States Confront Nuclear Opponents

Author: Avey, Paul

Why would countries without nuclear weapons even think about fighting nuclear-armed opponents? A simple answer is that no one believes nuclear weapons will be used. But that answer fails to consider why nonnuclear state leaders would believe that in the first place. In this superb unpacking of the dynamics of conflict under conditions of nuclear monopoly, Paul C. Avey argues that the costs and benefits of using nuclear weapons create openings that weak nonnuclear actors can exploit.

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The Global Rebel Elite: Transnational Social Networks in Violent Rebellion

Date: November 19, 2019

The Global Rebel Elite: Transnational Social Networks in Violent Rebellion


Location: 1030 Jenkins Nanovic

Reyko Huang is an associate professor at the Bush School of Government & Public Service at Texas A&M University. Her research situates armed conflict within international politics, with a focus on rebel organizations and their strategies of governance, diplomacy, and transnational social networking. She is the...

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