Research

My research agenda can be divided into two main areas:

  • Great power politics, grand strategy, and power-transition theory—with particular emphases on US foreign policy, 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 how the United States has been remade by its experience of global military primacy; catalog the domestic barriers that exist to a US grand strategy of retrenchment and 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 circumscribed world role.