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Shoon Murray's latest book, The Terror Authorization: History and Politics of the 2001 AUMF.

Professor Shoon Murray’s latest book, The Terror Authorization: History and Politics of the 2001 AUMF, was published in July 2014. The book examines the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force, passed by Congress in the wake of the September 11th terrorist attacks, and which has been utilized by Presidents Bush and Obama to conduct military operations in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and beyond. Dr. Murray also makes a case for the repeal of the AUMF.


Selected Faculty Publications, Testimony, and Commentary

Professor Philip Brenner:

"Establishing, Not Restoring, Normal Relations Between the United States and Cuba," in Implications of Normalization: Scholarly Perspectives on U .S.- Cuban Relations, ed., Eric Hershberg (SSRC/AU Center for Latin American and Latino
Studies, 2015)

A Contemporary Cuba Reader: The Revolution Under Raul (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2014)

“The Implications of Political and Socio-Economic Changes in Latin America,” in Political and Socio-Economic Change: Revolutions and their Implications for the U.S. Military, ed. , John Deni (Carlisle, PA: Army War College, 2014)

"The Missile Crisis Fifty Years Later: What We Should Have Learned," Pensamiento Propio 34 (July-Dec), 2011

"David and Gulliver: Fifty Years of Competing Metaphors in the Cuban-U.S. Relationship," Diplomacy and Statecraft (Fall 2009)

A Contemporary Cuba Reader: Reinventing the Revolution. (Co-edited with M. Jimenez, J. Kirk, and W. LeoGrande.) Rowman and Littlefield, 2007

Professor Shoon Murray:

“Stretching the 2001 AUMF: A History of Two Presidencies,” Presidential Studies Quarterly, vol. 45, no. 1, pp. 175-198 (March 2015)

Mission Creep: The Militarization of US Foreign Policy? (With G. Adams) Georgetown University Press, 2014

The Terror Authorization: History and Politics of the 2001 AUMF, Palgrave MacMillan, 2014

"Combatant Commanders, Ambassadorial Authority, and the Conduct of Diplomacy," (with Anthony Quainton) in Mission Creep: The Militarization of US Foreign Policy? (With G. Adams) Georgetown University Press, 2014

"Broadening the Debate about War: The Inclusion of Foreign Critics in Media Coverage and Its Potential Impact on Public Opinion" Foreign Policy Analysis Vol. 10, No. 4, 329-350, October 2014

"US Adjustments to Global Power Shifts and Diffusion: An Analysis of Selected Security Issues," 2013. Transworld Working Papers No. 28: 1-38. Istituto Affari Internazionali (September 13)

"McClellan Right: Press Too Deferential," Foreign Policy In Focus, June 6, 2008

"Tough Talk, Public Predispositions, and Military Action: Reassessing the Rally-'Round-the-Flag-Phenomenon." in Approaches, Levels and Methods of Analysis in International Politics. Edited by H. Starr. Palgrave Macmillan, 2006

"Private Polls and Presidential Policymaking," Public Opinion Quarterly, Winter 2006

"Variations in White House Polling Operations: Carter to Clinton," Public Opinion Quarterly, 2002



Professor Stephen Dalzell:

"The Soldier and the Street: East African CIMIC in Somalia and Beyond" (with Marie Besancon),PRISM (journal of the Center for Complex Operations, National Defense University) Vol. 5, No. 2 (Feb 2015), pp 117-135


Ambassador Anthony Quainton:

"The New Imperialism" in the Mediterranean Quarterly, Winter 2012.

"The New Hemispheric Agenda and the Role of International Organizations" Pendamiento Propio , July-December 2009

"Cuba Us Relations: the Terrorism Dimension" in Pensamiento Propio #34, July - December 2012 (with Carlos Alzugaray)

"Combatant Commanders, Ambassadorial Authority, and the Conduct of Diplomacy," (with Shoon Murray) forthcoming

"Refocusing America's Message," in America's Dialogue with the World. (Edited by W. Kiehl.) Public Diplomacy Council, 2007

"Diplomacy: Still Our First Line of Defense," America, January 20, 2003

Book Reviews on

"Whatever Happened to Diplomacy". August 2000

"The Last Three Feet Now Only Inches Away",September 2012

"Global War Gone Wrong" April 2013

"America's Misadventures in the Middle East" May 2011

"American Avatar", April 2012

Papers on 

"An Analysis of the NATO Chicago Summit: Has NATO Lost its Way?" Kortenburg, 2012

"The New Imperialism: Stabilization and Reconstruction or the Responsibility to Fix" Birmingham 2011

Professor Sarah Snyder:

Human Rights Activism and the End of the Cold War: A Transnational History of the Helsinki Network (Cambridge University Press, 2011)

“Beyond Containment?: The First Bush Administration’s Sceptical Approach to the CSCE,” Cold War History 13:4 (November 2013): 463-484

“‘A Call for U.S. Leadership’: Congressional Activism on Human Rights,” Diplomatic History 37:2 (April 2013): 372-397

“Bringing the Transnational In: Writing Human Rights into the International History of the Cold War,” Diplomacy and Statecraft24:1 (March 2013): 100-116

“Exporting Amnesty International to the United States: Transatlantic Human Rights Activism in the 1960s,” Human Rights Quarterly 34:3 (August 2012): 779-799

“The Foundation for Vienna: A Reassessment of the CSCE in the mid-1980s,” Cold War History 10:4 (November 2010): 493-512

“Through the Looking Glass: The Helsinki Final Act and the 1976 Election for President,” Diplomacy and Statecraft 21:1 (March 2010): 87-106

“The CSCE and the Atlantic Alliance: Forging a New Consensus in Madrid,” Journal of Transatlantic Studies 8:1 (March 2010): 56-68

“‘Jerry, Don’t Go’: Domestic Opposition to the 1975 Helsinki Final Act,” Journal of American Studies 44:1 (February 2010): 67-81

Professor Jordon Tama:

"The Politics of Strategy: Why Government Agencies Conduct Major Strategic Reviews,"Journal of Public Policy(Forthcoming in 2015)

"Does Strategic Planning Matter? The Outcomes of U.S. National Security Reviews,"Political Science Quarterly(Forthcoming in 2015)

"Independent Commissions as Settings for Civil-Military Deliberation: The Case of Women in the Military,"Armed Forces and Society(Forthcoming in 2015)

"Crises, Commissions, and Reform: The Impact of Blue-Ribbon Panels,"Political Research Quarterly67, 1 (March 2014): 152-164

"From Private Consultation to Public Crusade: Assessing Eisenhower's Legislative Strategies on Foreign Policy,"Congress and the Presidency40, 1 (February 2013): 41-60

With Joshua W. Busby, Jonathan Monten, and William Inboden, "Congress Is Already Post-Partisan: Agreement Across the Aisle on U.S. Foreign Policy,"Foreign Affairs(January 28, 2013)

"The Best Way to Investigate Benghazi,"Washington Post(November 18, 2012)

"In Defense of the Back-Room Deal,"New York Times(October 19, 2011)

Terrorism and National Security Reform: How Commissions Can Drive Change During Crises(Cambridge University Press, 2011)

"The Power and Limitations of Commissions: The Iraq Study Group, Bush, Obama, and Congress,"Presidential Studies Quarterly41, 1 (March 2011): 135-155

With Robert M. Hathaway,"The U.S. Congress and North Korea during the Clinton Years: Talk Tough, Carry a Small Stick,"Asian Survey44, 5 (September/October 2004): 711-733

With Lee H. Hamilton,A Creative Tension: The Foreign Policy Roles of the President and Congress(Woodrow Wilson Center Press, 2002)



Professor Sharon Weiner:

Our Own Worst Enemy? Institutional Interests and the Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Expertise. MIT Press, 2011

"Organizational Interest, Nuclear Weapons Scientists, and Nonproliferation," Political Science Quarterly, Vol. 124, No. 4 (Winter 2009-10)

"Looking Out, Looking In: Competing Organizational Interests & the Proliferation of Soviet WMD Expertise," Daedalus, Spring 2009

"Reconsidering Cooperative Threat Reduction: Russian Nuclear Weapons Scientists and Non-Proliferation," Contemporary Security Policy, Vol. 29, No. 3 (December 2008)



Professor Guy Ziv:

Why Hawks Become Doves: Shimon Peres and Foreign Policy Change in Israel. SUNY Press, 2014

Readings in U.S. Foreign Policy, 2nd Edition. Kendall Hunt, 2014

"Is Netanyahu 'Mr. Security'?" The Hill, February 18, 2015

"Simple vs. Complex Learning Revisited: Israeli Prime Ministers and the Question of a Palestinian State," Foreign Policy Analysis, Volume 9, Issue 2 (April 2013): 203-222

"Cognitive Structure and Foreign Policy Change: Israel's Decision to Talk to the PLO," International Relations, Volume 25, Number 4 (December 2011): 426-454

"Shimon Peres and the French-Israeli Alliance, 1954-1959," Journal of Contemporary History, Vol. 45, No. 2 (April 2010): 406-429

"To Disclose or Not to Disclose: The Impact of Nuclear Ambiguity on Israeli Security," Israel Studies Forum, Volume 22, Issue 2 (Winter 2007): 76-94

"The Triumph of Agency Over Structure: Shimon Peres and the Israeli Nuclear Program," International Negotiation(Forthcoming)



Professor Stephen Tankel:

"Security Cooperation and Assistance: Rethinking the Return on Investment." With Dafna Rand, Center for a New American Strategy, August 5, 2015


Professor Emeritus Gordon Adams:

Mission Creep: The Militarization of US Foreign Policy? (With S. Murray) Georgetown University Press, 2014

A New Way Forward: Rebalancing Security Assistance Programs and Authorities, (with Rebecca Williams), Washington, DC: Stimson Center, March, 2011

"The Office of Management and Budget: The President's Policy Tool," in Roger Z. George and Harvey Rishikof (eds.), The National Security Enterprise: Negotiating the Labyrinth, Washington, DC, Georgetown University Press, 2011, pp.55-78

"A Leaner and Meaner Defense: How to Cut the Pentagon's Budget While Improving its Performance." Foreign Affairs, January/February 2011

Buying National Security: How America Plans and Pays for its Global Role and Safety at Home. (With C. Williams.) Routledge Press, 2009

A Foreign Affairs Budget for the Future: Fixing the Crisis of Diplomatic Readiness, with Rick Nygard, et al., Washington, DC: Stimson Center and American Academy of Diplomacy, October 2008