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Peter D. Feaver, Professor of Political Science, Director, Triangle Institute for Security Studies and Director, Program in American Grand Strategy  

Office Phone: (919) 660-4331
Duke Box: 90204
Email Address: pfeaver@duke.edu

Areas of Expertise

  • International
    • Conflict Prevention and Peacekeeping
    • U.S. Foreign Policy
  • National Security and Defense, Homeland Security

Ph.D., Harvard University, 1990
A.M., Harvard University, 1986
B.A., Lehigh University, 1983

Research Categories: Security Studies, Civil-Military Relations and Nuclear Weapons

Research Description: 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); with Susan Wasiolek and Anne Crossman, of Getting the Most Out of College (Ten Speed Press, 2008); and 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, blogs at shadow.foreignpolicy.com, and is a Contributing Editor to Foreign Policy magazine. 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.

Teaching (Fall 2015):

  • Polsci 497s-3.01, Senior seminar in spc Synopsis
    Gross hall 111, W 03:05 PM-05:35 PM
  • Polsci 562s.01, American grand strategy Synopsis
    Gross hall 104, Tu 03:05 PM-05:35 PM

Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. P.D. Feaver. "What do Policymakers Want From Academic Experts on Nuclear Proliferation?." MonkeyCage, WashingonPost.com (July 8, 2014).
  2. P.D. Feaver. "Penalty Box: How Sanctions Trap Policymakers." ForeignAffairs.com (June 6, 2014).
  3. P.D. Feaver. "Shadow Government." ForeignPolicy.Com (2014).  [author's comments]
  4. P.D. Feaver. "Eight Myths about American Grand Strategy." Forging American Grand Strategy: Securing a Path Through A Complex Future. Strategic Studies Institute, Army War College, October, 2013
  5. P.D. Feaver, James Golby, and Kyle Dropp. "The Public Listens to Generals." Cleveland Plain Dealer (April 9, 2013).  [author's comments]

Curriculum Vitae

Current Ph.D. Students   (Former Students)

  • Nathaniel J. Harris  
  • Seth Cantey  
  • Daniel Krcmaric  
  • Andrew Bell  
  • Daniel Bessner  
  • Christopher Q. Barnett  
  • Eric B Lorber  

Peter D. Feaver