I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Georgia State University. My research investigates strategy and statecraft on the brink of war. Much of it focuses on two important-yet-neglected tools of statecraft: the red line and the fait accompli. I am developing a book manuscript, Red Lines in International Politics, that explores how and why some red lines effectively constrain behavior while others do not. It emphasizes the strategies states use to erode and circumvent red lines without provoking war. To establish the importance of the fait accompli, I created a dataset of all "land grabs" since 1918 (such as Russia's in Crimea). More recently, I expanded it into the Modern Conquest dataset, the most comprehensive data on territorial conquest back to 1918. I use that data to write a revised history of territorial conquest and territorial war in the modern era. I have an enduring research interest in the causes of war.
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