Domestic Politics and International Disputes
In my dissertation, I address three enduring questions for the study of conflict. First, I examine how revolution and regime change within closely aligned dyads –those in which states share many interests in terms of security, foreign policy goals and economic concerns –can lead to the initiation of long-lasting enmity between these formerly aligned states. Second, I explore the role of domestic political change on when and why states that have engaged in long-term conflict decide to settle their outstanding disputes. Finally, I examine the effect of domestic political upheaval on the onset and timing of violent conflict and war between states that have engaged in long outstanding disputes with one another.
I am also engaged in a co-authored project examining the determinants, uses and effects of military air power. In pursuing this project, I and my co-author
have collected a large dataset on the military air power assets of each state in the world for 1973- 2013, and have developed a series of measures of national air-power capabilities that aggregate across both numbers and technological characteristics of aircraft.