Editor’s Note: The United States in general, and the Trump administration in particular, is often accused of not matching its deeds to its rhetoric. When the Trump administration decided to use force against the Syrian regime after it conducted a horrific chemical weapons attack, some Americans worried we might be getting bogged down fighting yet another enemy in the Middle East while others worried we were doing too little too late. Erik Gartzke of the University of California San Diego strikes a slightly more optimistic note, arguing that the U.S.
Erik Gartzke is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Peace and International Security (cPASS) at the University of California, San Diego, where he has been a member of the research faculty since 2007. Previous permanent faculty positions include Columbia University (2000 to 2007) and the Pennsylvania State University (1997 to 2000). He has also held temporary positions at Dartmouth University, the Ecole des Affaires Internationales (Sciences Po), UC Santa Barbara, and at the University of Essex, where he remains a fellow of the Michael Nicholson Centre for Conflict and Cooperation. Dr. Gartzke received a PhD in Political Science from the University of Iowa in 1997. Professor Gartzke’s research focuses on war, peace and international institutions. His interests include nuclear security, the liberal peace, alliances, uncertainty and war, deterrence theory, and the evolving technological nature of interstate conflict. He has written on the effects of global commerce, economic development, system structure, and climate change on war.
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