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David Banks

Instructor School of International Service

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  • Professorial Lecturer
David Banks is a Professorial Lecturer at American University where he focuses on International Order, Great Power Politics, and Diplomacy. His dissertation research investigated the motivation for, and political consequences of, state violations of diplomatic practice. He is currently designing and playtesting a cyber wargame system as part of a project funded by the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity at Berkeley. He has also begun work on a large research project that compares the Great Power treaty-systems of the 19th century with those of today. In addition to these projects he has number of articles under review or in development regarding diplomatic practice, symbolic diplomacy, coercive diplomacy, and great power conferences. He has been published in Time, The Independent, and US World News & Report. At SIS he teaches classes on Great Power Politics, Diplomatic Practice, International Security, and Global History.


PhD in Political Science - George Washington University, 2015. MA in Global Governance - University of Delaware, 2006. BA - Ancient History and Archaeology, Biblical and Theological Studies, 2002.

SIS-School of Intl Service
East Quad Bldg - 304
Contact Info
(202) 885-6724

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  • Summer 2017

    • SIS-619 Special Studies in Int'l Pol: Great Powers Politics
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    • SISU-103 Community of Scholars Topics: Conflt, Culture & Cooperation
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  • Fall 2017

    • SIS-619 Special Studies in Int'l Pol: History of Global Politics
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    • SISU-106 First Year Seminar: Diplomacy in Practice
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  • Spring 2018

    • SIS-619 Special Studies in Int'l Pol: Foundations of Global Security
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    • SISU-419 Senior Capstone: Int'l Studies: Evolutn of European Int'l Soc
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