International Relations Security, Peace, and Conflict
Research Interests:Security Studies, Civil-Military Relations and Nuclear Weapons
Peter D. Feaver (Ph.D., Harvard, 1990) is a Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at Duke University. He is Director of the Triangle Institute for Security Studies (TISS) and also Director of the Duke Program in American Grand Strategy (AGS). From June 2005 to July 2007, Feaver was on leave to be Special Advisor for Strategic Planning and Institutional Reform on the National Security Council Staff at the White House where his responsibilities included the national security strategy, regional strategy reviews, and other political-military issues. Feaver is author of Armed Servants: Agency, Oversight, and Civil-Military Relations (Harvard Press, 2003) and of Guarding the Guardians: Civilian Control of Nuclear Weapons in the United States (Cornell University Press, 1992). He is co-author, with Christopher Gelpi and Jason Reifler, of Paying the Human Costs of War (Princeton University Press, 2009), co-author, with Susan Wasiolek and Anne Crossman, of Getting the Most Out of College (Ten Speed Press, 2008), and co-author, with Christopher Gelpi, of Choosing Your Battles: American Civil-Military Relations and the Use of Force (Princeton University Press, 2004). He is co-editor, with Richard H. Kohn, of Soldiers and Civilians: The Civil-Military Gap and American National Security (MIT Press, 2001). He has published numerous other monographs, scholarly articles, book chapters, and policy pieces on American foreign policy, public opinion, nuclear proliferation, civil-military relations, information warfare, and U.S. national security. He is a member of the Aspen Strategy Group and blogs at shadow.foreignpolicy.com. In 1993-94, Feaver served as Director for Defense Policy and Arms Control on the National Security Council at the White House where his responsibilities included the national security strategy review, counterproliferation policy, regional nuclear arms control, and other defense policy issues.
P.D. Feaver, “Nuclear Command and Control in Crisis: Old Lessons from New History.”,
in Nuclear Weapons Security Crises: What Does History Teach?, edited by Henry Sokolski and Bruno Tertrais
(2013), Strategic Studies Institute, Army War College .
P.D. Feaver, James Golby, Heidi Urben, and Kyle Dropp, "Brass Politics: How Retired Military Officers are Shaping Elections",
(November 5, 2012) .
P.D. Feaver, Review of Richard Betts' American Force,
(November 5, 2012) .
P.D. Feaver, James Golby and Kyle Dropp, Military Campaigns: Veterans' Endorsements and Presidential Elections
(October, 2012), Center for New American Security .
P.D. Feaver, American Grand Strategy At the Crossroads: Leading From the Front, Leading From Behind, or Not Leading at All,”,
in America’s Path: Grand Strategy for the Next Administration
(May, 2012), Center for New American Security .