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    Helen Benedict,

    Professor of Journalism

    Professor Benedict is a novelist and journalist specializing in issues of social justice. Her most recent nonfiction book is "The Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women Serving in Iraq," (2009 and 2010, Beacon Press), which won the EMMA (Exceptional Merit In Media Award) from the National Women's Political Caucus and the Ken Book Award in 2010. It also inspired a lawsuit against the Pentagon and Defense Secret [ ... ]

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    Richard K. Betts, Ph.D.

    Leo A. Shifrin & Arnold Saltzman Professor of War and Peace Studies

    Richard  K.  Betts  is the Arnold A. Saltzman Professor of War and Peace Studies in the political science department, Director of the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, and Director of the International Security Policy program in the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.  He was Director of National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations for fou [ ... ]

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    Philip C. Bobbitt, J.D., Ph.D

    Director, Center for National Security Law

    One of the nation's leading constitutional theorists, Professor Bobbitt's interests include not only constitutional law but also international security and the history of strategy. Bobbitt is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is also a Fellow of the Club of Madrid. He is a Life Member of the American Law Institute, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Pacific Council on Internation [ ... ]

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    Steve Coll,


    Dean Steve Coll is a staff writer at The New Yorker, the author of seven books of nonfiction, and a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Between 1985 and 2005, he was a reporter, foreign correspondent and senior editor at the Washington Post. There he covered Wall Street, served as the paper’s South Asia correspondent, and was the Post’s first international investigative correspondent, based in London. Over [ ... ]

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    Matthew Connelly, Ph.D.

    Professor of History

    Matthew Connelly, professor, works on the history of eugenics, migration, and birth control. His most recent book, Fatal Misconception: The Struggle to Control World Population, has just been published by Harvard University Press. His research articles have appeared in such journals as Population and Development Review, Comparative Studies in Society and History, The International Journal of Middle East Studies, The Ameri [ ... ]

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    Lori Fisler Damrosch, J.D.

    Henry L. Moses Prof. of Law and Intl. Organization

    Professor Damrosch joined the Columbia faculty in 1984. From 1984 to 1989 she was an associate professor at the School of International and Public Affairs. Her principal areas of interest are public international law and the U.S. law of foreign relations. She is named the Henry L. Moses Professor of Law and International Organization. Her publications include International Law: Cases and Materials, 4th edition with Pugh [ ... ]

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    George P. Fletcher, J.D.

    Cardozo Professor of Jurisprudence

    George P. Fletcher is regarded as one of the leading scholars in the United States in the fields of torts and criminal law, in particular, comparative and international criminal law. He had two books published in 2009. His first novel, The Bond, appeared in the fall. One insightful critic described it as a cross between Sophie's World and The Human Stain. The second book, which discusses tort liability in international [ ... ]

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    Stuart Gottlieb, Ph.D.

    Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs

    Stuart Gottlieb is an adjunct professor of International Affairs and Public Policy at SIPA, where he teaches courses on American foreign policy, counterterrorism, and international security. He also serves as the faculty adviser for SIPA’s summer degree program in International Relations, and is an affiliate with the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies. In addition, he teaches courses for New York University [ ... ]

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    Won-Young Kim, Ph.D.

    Lamont Research Professor

    My research interests, to date, have focused on regional seismology -- a broad field where one typically analyzes seismic signals recorded at a few tens of kilometers to a couple thousand kilometers to infer geologic structure of the Earth's upper layers, including the crust, to quantify the seismic sources and their implications on regional tectonics, and to characterize the nature of the seismic sources. The results of [ ... ]

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    Roy S. Lee, Ph.D.

    Adjunct Professor of Law

    As the Executive Secretary to the International Criminal Court Conference, Dr. Lee is responsible for the organization and management of the Conference and its subsidiary bodies. In addition, he is currently Director of the Codification Division in the Office of Legal Affairs and also acts as Secretary of the International Law Commission and of the Sixth (Legal) Committee of the General Assembly and of three other law-mak [ ... ]

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    Austin Long, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs

    Austin Long is an Assistant Professor at the School of International and Public Affairs and a Member of the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University. His research interests include low-intensity conflict, intelligence, military operations, nuclear forces, military innovation, and the political economy of national security. Long previously worked as an Associate Political Scientist at [ ... ]

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    Mahmood Mamdani, Ph.D.

    Herbert Lehman Professor of Government and Professor of Anthropology

    Mahmood Mamdani is the Herbert Lehman Professor of Government. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1974 and specializes in the study of African history and politics. His works explore the intersection between politics and culture, a comparative study of colonialism since 1452, the history of civil war and genocide in Africa, the Cold War and the War on Terror, and the history and theory of human rights. Prior [ ... ]

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    Francesco Mancini,

    Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs

    Francesco Mancini is Non-resident Senior Adviser at the International Peace Institute (IPI), where he was previously Senior Director of Research. His work focuses on geostrategic analysis,  multilateral diplomacy, global governance, armed conflicts and the means to prevent and solve them. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore, where he teaches negotiatio [ ... ]

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    Kimberly Marten, Ph.D.

    Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Political Science

    Kimberly Marten is a professor (and the former department chair) in the political science department at Barnard College, Columbia University. She specializes in international relations and international security. She serves on the Executive Committee and chairs the Development and Fund-Raising Committee of the Harriman Institute at Columbia University, and is also a faculty member of Columbia's Saltzman Institute of War [ ... ]

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    Stephanie Neuman, PhD

    Senior Research Scholar

    Stephanie Neuman is the Director of the Comparative Defense Studies Program and a Senior Research Scholar at the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University. She is also an Adjunct  Professor  in  the School of International and Public Affairs. Neuman specializes in third world security issues. Her research interests include war and conflict in the third world, defense [ ... ]

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    Eric Olson, M.A.

    Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs

    Eric Olson is a former U.S. Navy SEAL who rose to become a four-star admiral and commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command. He retired in 2011 after almost four decades of active service. A Naval Academy graduate, Olson received his MA from the Naval Postgraduate School, where he studied political and military affairs with an emphasis on Africa and the Middle East. His overseas service included assignments in Israe [ ... ]

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    Richard Pious, Ph.D.

    Professor of Political Science

    Richard M. Pious, professor of political science and Adolph S. and Effie Ochs Chair in History and American Studies, taught at Columbia College from 1968 through 1972, and joined the Barnard faculty in 1973. He also taught at York University, Toronto. Professor Pious's teaching includes courses on American politics, constitutional and public law, and political decision making. Professor Pious has written widely on A [ ... ]

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    Lawrence G. Potter, Ph.D.

    Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs

    Lawrence G. Potter teaching interests include the history of Iran, Afghanistan and the Persian Gulf, and U.S. policy toward the Middle East. Potter has taught at Columbia University since 1996 and has served as adjunct associate professor of International Affairs since 2002. He has also served as deputy director of the SIPA'sGulf/2000 Project since 1994. Potter has edited The Persian Gulf in History (2009), and co-edited [ ... ]

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    Paul G. Richards, Ph.D.

    Special Research Scientist

    I have worked at Columbia since 1971, with a couple of years on leave in Washington working on nuclear arms control (in the U.S. Department of State), and four sabbaticals taken in New Zealand, in California (at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory), in New Mexico (Los Alamos National Laboratory), and as a Phi Beta Kappa lecturer (on eleven different U.S. campuses). Since the mid-1980s my work has focused on th [ ... ]

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    Gary Sick, Ph.D.

    Senior Research Scholar, Middle East Institute

    Gary Sick is a senior research scholar at Columbia University’s Middle East Institute and an adjunct professor at the School of International and Public Affairs. He served on the National Security Council under Presidents Ford, Carter, and Reagan. He was the principal White House aide for Iran during the Iranian Revolution and the hostage crisis. Sick is a captain (ret.) in the U.S. Navy, with service in the Pe [ ... ]

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    Mitchell Silber, M.A.

    Lecturer in International and Public Affairs

    Mitch is the Executive Managing Director for Intelligence and Analytic Solutions at K2 Intelligence in New York, where he leads K2’s Data Analytics practice. Before joining K2, Mitch served as Director of Intelligence Analysis at the New York Police Department’s Intelligence Division.  There, he supervised the Department’s entire portfolio of ongoing terrorism-related investigations and ma [ ... ]

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    Jack L. Snyder, Ph.D.

    Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Relations

    Jack Snyder (Ph.D., Columbia, 1981) is the Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Relations in the Department of Political Science and the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia. His books include Electing to Fight: Why Emerging Democracies Go to War, co-authored with Edward D. Mansfield; From Voting to Violence: Democratization and Nationalist Conflict; Myths of Empire: Domestic Politics [ ... ]

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    Matthew Waxman, J.D.

    Liviu Librescu Professor of Law

    Matthew Waxman is an expert in national security law and international law, including issues related to international human rights and constitutional rights; military force and conflict resolution; and terrorism.  He holds a J.D. from Yale Law School and clerked for Associate Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter and Judge Joel M. Flaum of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.  Before joining [ ... ]

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    Naomi Weinberger, Ph.D.

    Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs

    Naomi Weinberger’s primary academic interests are in international security studies, with expertise in the Middle East. Her publications include Syrian Intervention in Lebanon (Oxford University Press) and many articles on global peace operations and conflict resolution. She is currently pursuing research on Palestinian security sector reform (for a book to be released by Lynne Rienner Publishers) and on the r [ ... ]

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    Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict and Complexity (AC4)

    The Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity (AC4) is a consortium for research, practice, and scholarship at Columbia University. We are part of the Earth Institute, Columbia University, and are committed to advancing knowledge and best practices in the areas of conflict, violence, peace-building, and sustainable development from an interdisciplinary perspective. The consortium seeks to act as a coo [ ... ]

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    Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies (SIWPS)

    The Institute of War and Peace Studies was founded in 1951 under the sponsorship of Dwight D. Eisenhower during his tenure as president of Columbia University. Eisenhower created the Institute to promote an understanding of the "disastrous consequences of war upon man's spiritual, intellectual, and material progress." Under its first director, William T.R. Fox, the Institute became one of the foremost research [ ... ]

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    Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy

    The Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy (ISERP) is Columbia University's research institute dedicated to interdisciplinary social science. ISERP pioneers research, shapes public policy, and integrates knowledge and methods across the social sciences. To bring ideas into the world, ISERP supports researchers, faculty, students, and interdisciplinary social science research through research development, [ ... ]

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    International Security Policy Concentration

    The International Security Policy Concentration (ISP) is designed for students interested in political violence and conflict management, defense policy, military strategy, terrorism and unconventional warfare, arms control, intelligence, peacekeeping, coercion, negotiation, and alternatives to the use of force as an instrument of policy. It provides a conceptual foundation for understanding conflict and the political [ ... ]

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    Roger Hertog Program on Law and National Security

    The Roger Hertog Program on Law and National Security focuses particularly on the role of domestic law in national security matters from the perspective of both lawyers and policymakers. The contours of the dynamic field of national security law are in constant flux, being shaped and reshaped each year in light of emerging challenges posed by the inevitability of globalization. “The goal of the program i [ ... ]

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    United Nations Studies Program (UNSP)

    The United Nations Studies Program at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) promotes teaching, training, and career development in the pursuit of multilateral solutions to global dilemmas. Under the direction of Elisabeth Lindenmayer, the Program brings together scholars and practitioners to address the main priorities of the UN – security, development, human ri [ ... ]