The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq severely challenged the broadly held assumption that superior military might is sufficient to achieve U.S. foreign policy objectives. These conflicts compelled strategic thinkers to more fully consider the nature, scope, and sources of power in international politics. Most importantly, America’s turbulent experience in Afghanistan and Iraq drove the development of alternative, population-centric approaches to conflict, and highlighted the prominent role foreign publics play in shaping foreign policy outcomes. This shift in emphasis from engaging threats to engaging populations spurred my curiosity in the strategic relevance of foreign publics, global public opinion, public diplomacy and the impact of cyber technology on international relations.
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Following is a list of my current projects:
Dissertation: "Grand Strategy in the Information Age: An Examination of Global Cyber Technology and the Rise of Public Capacity"
"In Defense of Social Capital: An Examination of the Effects of Military Personnel on U.S. Communities"
"Does Foreign Public Opinion Matter?: Global Cyber Technology and the Logic of Three-Level Games"
"What Shapes Foreign Public Opinion on American Foreign Policy?"
"More or Less Malleable? The Impact of Cyber Technology on Global Public Opinion"
"Public Capacity and the Danger of War"
"Public Capacity as a Latent Variable"