War and Peace

New Thinking About the Causes of War and War Avoidance

Guest Speakers

Fall 2017

Professor John Owen

John M. Owen IV is our guest speaker for September 27. He is Ambassador Henry J. and Mrs. Marion R. Taylor Professor of Politics, and a Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture.  His newest book is Confronting Political Islam: Six Lessons from the West’s Past (Princeton, 2014).  He is author of The Clash of Ideas in World Politics: Transnational Networks, States, and Regime Change, 1510-2010 (Princeton, 2010), and of Liberal Peace, Liberal War: American Politics and International Security (Cornell, 1997), and co-editor of Religion, the Enlightenment, and the New Global Order (Columbia, 2011).  He has published in the European Journal of International RelationsForeign AffairsInternational Organization, Internationale Politik und Gesellschaft, International Security, International Studies Quarterly, National Interest, New York Times, Perspectives on Politics, and a number of edited volumes.  Currently he is working on two research projects:  “Soft Power, America, and the Future of International Order” and “Fifth Columns in Peace and War.”  Owen holds an A.B. from Duke University, an M.P.A. from Princeton University, and a Ph.D. from Harvard University.  He has held fellowships at Harvard, Stanford, Princeton, and Oxford universities.  His research has been supported by grants from the Mellon, MacArthur, Donchian, Earhart, and Smith Richardson foundations and the Army Research Laboratory.  From July 2011 through June 2014 he was Editor-in-Chief of Security Studies.  He is on the editorial board of that journal and of International Security.

Professor Bruce Russett

Bruce RussettOn October 4, Professor Bruce Russett from the Yale University Department of Political Science will address the seminar. Prof. Russett is Dean  Acheson Research Professor of International Relations and Political Science.  He is a Fellow of the American  Academy of Arts and Sciences and has honorary doctorates from Uppsala University (2002) and Williams College (2011).  He has held visiting  appointments at Columbia, Michigan, North Carolina, Harvard, the Free University  of Brussels, the Richardson Institute in London, the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study, the University of Tel Aviv, and Tokyo University   Law School.  He edited the Journal of Conflict  Resolution from 1973 through 2009, and with Paul Kennedy staffed the Ford  Foundation’s 1995 report, The United Nations in Its Second Half-Century. A past president of the  International Studies Association and of the Peace Science Society  (International), in 2009 he received the Society’s third quadrennial Founder’s  Medal for “significant and distinguished life-long scientific contributions to peace science.”  Of his 27 books, some of the more recent are Grasping the Democratic Peace (1993); The Once and Future Security Council (1997); Triangulating Peace: Democracy,  Interdependence, and International Organizations (2001) with John Oneal;  awarded the International Studies Association’s prize for Best Book of the Decade 2000-2009); and Hegemony and  Democracy (2011).

Michael Mott, Esq.

On October 25, our guest is Michael Mott. A recent graduate of the UVA School of Law, Michael is also an alumnus of the War & Peace seminar. He will be presenting some of his groundbreaking work on the role of "first image" psychology.

Davis Brown, Esq.

On November 8 Davis Brown will speak on measuring the real effect of the democratic peace, and the effects of religion on armed conflict onset.  Davis Brown is an alumnus of the UVA Politics Department (Ph.D., 2012) and of Professor Moore's War and Peace course. Prior to his doctoral studies, he was an attorney in the U.S. Air Force and in private practice, with J.D. from New York University and LL.M. in international law from George Washington University Law School. Dr.  Brown is the author of The Sword, the Cross, and the Eagle (Rowman and Littlefield, 2008) and a series of journal articles and edited volumes on jus ad bellum, just war theory, and religion in international relations. His current research focuses on states' compliance with contemporary jus ad bellum, as well as the effects of religious war ethics on that compliance.