Research

I am currently writing a book, 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.

With colleagues at Colorado State University, I am working on a project to track the ways that foreign and national security policies affect local communities across the United States, producing a map of the distributive implications of US foreign policy and allowing communities to better understand their relationship to America’s role in the world. This project has received $450,000 from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

I am also interested in the international politics of the emerging Indo-Pacific megaregion. I edit the Indo-Pacific Perspectives series for the Journal of Indo-Pacific Affairs, the purpose of which is to bring together scholars from across the Indo-Pacific region and beyond to discuss current topics and future trends of international importance. Past and future projects focusing on the US military base on Diego Garcia (Chagos Islands), the place of Persian Gulf states in the Indo-Pacific construct, and the fate of human rights norms in the so-called “rules-based” regional order.