"A certain grasp of military affairs is vital for those in charge of general policy."

–Carl von Clausewitz, On War, Book 8, Chapter 6.
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Congratulations Moritz Graefrath

Congratulations to Moritz Graefrath who published his first International Theory article, "Conceptualizing Interstate Cooperation."

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Ian Johnson's Book Faustian Bargain

First complete book on a topic that has remained hidden from view for decades, and yet had a major impact on the 20th century's greatest catastrophe.

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Michael Desch Named to Council on Foreign Relations Study Group on U.S.-China Relations

Michael Desch Named to Council on Foreign Relations Study Group on U.S.-China Relations

Notre Dame International Security Center Director Michael Desch has been named to a New York Council on Foreign Relations study group on “The U.S. Pivot to Asia and American Grand Strategy.” He will join other top experts from the public and private sectors to discuss the conceptual origins of the pivot; the pivot and U.S. vital national interests; its effects over the last decade on Asia, the Middle East, and Europe; its impact on U.S. defense policy, intelligence assets, and economic statecraft; and the proper distribution of U.S. national security resources in the period ahead.

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Biden’s Soft-Power Policy Faces Reality of Xi-Putin Big-Power World

“Big-power politics is back in a big way. It’s not a reality President Biden can wish away or ignore,” says Michael Desch, a professor of international relations at the University of Notre Dame and founding director of the university’s International Security Center. “But a year into his presidency and as he confronts these two very difficult and fraught situations, I see both ways in which his administration is acknowledging this big-power world they’ve entered – and ways they still have not.”...

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Lest the Stars Totter: Outer Space in the National Security Context

Date: March 1, 2022

Lest the Stars Totter: Outer Space in the National Security Context


Location: 1030 Jenkins Nanovic Halls

Major Jeremy Grunert is an officer in the United States Air Force Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps. In this capacity, he has served as a military prosecutor and legal advisor at assignments in Afghanistan, Qatar, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Major Grunert is currently assigned to the United States Air Force Academy, where he serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Law. He instructs the Academy’s core “Law for Air Force Officers” course and is the course director for the Academy’s new “Space Law” course. Major Grunert is also the Chief of Research for the Academy’s Law, Technology, and Warfare Research Cell; in this capacity, he hosts a monthly webinar series on the subject of space law. Finally, Major Grunert has published a number of journal articles and commentaries in publications such as War on the Rocks, the Air Force Law Review, the Journal of Drone Law & Policy, and the Pepperdine Law Review.…

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