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International Relations Program

The International Relations subfield focuses on the political economy of conflict and the international determinants of national governance and state capacity.  Emphasis on conflict encompasses interstate and intrastate war, political violence and repression, and other forms of international non-cooperation such as trade conflicts, interstate issue disputes, and general bargaining failure.

 The International Relations Faculty have diverse but complementary scholarly interests and are committed to theoretically novel research that uses tools of modern social science.  Faculty members pursue research agendas at the intersection of political economy and conflict as well as international and domestic politics.  Expertise in the area of the political economy of conflict includes the economic dimensions of conflict, the micro-foundations of conflict processes, and formal theoretic approaches to non-cooperative phenomena.  Research on the relationship between international relations and domestic politics emphasizes political leadership, foreign policy, and “outside-in” explanations of how international actors, policies, and institutions shape domestic governance, state capacity, and development.