My research agenda can be divided into two main areas:

  • Great power politics and US foreign policy—with particular emphases on US-China relations, international relations of the Asia-Pacific, and the domestic and local implications of international change.
  • US military bases in the Indian Ocean and Asia-Pacific—especially questions relating to how and why bases are sought, established, and administered by the Pentagon, and how militarized sites affect local populations and the natural environment.

I am currently working on a book project – Hardwired: Why America Can’t Retrench (And How It Might) – to explain why the United States remains wedded to military primacism. My book will catalogue the domestic barriers that exist to a grand strategy of restraint, and provide an argument for how pro-restraint forces inside the United States might succeed at putting their country on the path to a more circumscribed world role. I am grateful to the Charles Koch Foundation for generously providing funding for this project.