Professor of Political Science
Areas of Expertise
International relations, international security, political theory and international relations, and American foreign and defense policies.
Desch is the author of “Power and Military Effectiveness: The Fallacy of Democratic Triumphalism,” a term he coined to describe an emerging belief among scholars and policymakers “that democracies are uniquely virtuous and capable in international affairs.” He says those who embrace this idea tend to assume democracies won’t go to war with each other. "Recently, a variation of this argument has attracted lots of attention: the belief that when democracies go to war with non-democracies, they are more likely to win those wars,” he said. He also is the author of “When the Third World Matters: Latin America and U.S. Grand Strategy” and “Civilian Control of the Military: The Changing Security Environment.” Desch currently is researching the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board and exploring when and how social science theory affects U.S. national security policy.
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IN THE NEWS
Reuters/Fox/Chicago Tribune—Obama comes out swinging after debate — in swing states
Reuters/CNBC/Chicago Tribune, etc.—Analysis: Obama regains his footing in feisty second debate
International criminal law, complex criminal litigation, terrorism, terrorist financing, anti-money laundering, organized crime
Law, morality, and religion, religious freedom, medical ethics, complicity with wrongdoing, Catholic moral theology
Warfare, anthropology of war and peace, epicenters of conflict and peacebuilding, transnational crime, globalization, gender, culture theory