"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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Undergraduate Certificate Program

Political Science majors can apply for the International Security Studies Certificate Program to gain access to specialized courses, research support, internship funding, and dedicated mentoring.

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NDISC's Seminar Speaker Series brings prominent scholars to speak on a wide range of international security related topics. These events provide a forum for policy experts, outside academics, and Notre Dame faculty and students to present and discuss their work.

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Twilight of the Titans

How do great powers respond to decline? The new book by Paul K. MacDonald and Joseph M. Parent examine all great power transitions since 1870.

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Upcoming Events

Is Promoting Democracy Abroad Bad for Maintaining Democracy at Home? A Debate

Date: January 24, 2019

Is Promoting Democracy Abroad Bad for Maintaining Democracy at Home? A Debate

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Location: 1030 Jenkins Nanovic

Michael Desch is Packey J. Dee Professor of Political Science and founding Director of the International Security Center at the University of Notre Dame. He has worked on the staff of a U.S. Senator, in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research at the Department of State, and in the Foreign Affairs and National Defense Division of the Congressional Research Service. His most recent book is Cult of the Irrelevant: The Waning Influence of Social Science on National Security…
Risky Business: Nuclear Dangers in Conventional Wars

Date: February 19, 2019

Risky Business: Nuclear Dangers in Conventional Wars

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Location: 1030 Jenkins Nanovic Halls

Reading Material - To be provided Caitlin Talmadge is an Associate Professor in the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, where she serves on the core faculty of the Security Studies Program. She is also Non-Resident Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution. Her research focuses on civil-military relations, military effectiveness, defense policy, deterrence and escalation, and Persian Gulf security issues. Her most recent book is ​ The Dictator's Army: Battlefield Effectiveness in Authoritarian Regimes (Cornell University Press, 2015). She is currently writing a book on nuclear escalation in conventional wars. Previously, she was a professor at The George Washington University, where she was also a member of the Institute for Security & Conflict Studies.…