His books include American Arms Supermarket (1984), Low-Intensity Warfare (1988), Peace and World Security Studies: A Curriculum Guide (Fifth Edition, 1989; Sixth Edition, 1994), World Security: Challenges for a New Century (First Edition, 1991; Second Edition, 1994; Third Edition, 1998), Rogue States and Nuclear Outlaws (1995), Light Weapons and Civil Conflict (1999), Resource Wars (2001), Blood and Oil (2004), and The Race for What's Left (2012).
His articles have appeared in many journals, including Arms Control Today, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Current History, Foreign Affairs, Harper's, The Nation, Scientific American, and Technology Review.
He serves on the board of the Arms Control Association and advises other organizations in the field.
The next U.S. president will face a world dramatically transformed from that encountered by Barack Obama when he first assumed office in 2009. China and Russia have become far more assertive in their respective zones of interest, the civil war in Syria has claimed nearly a half-million lives and triggered a devastating refugee crisis in Europe, ISIS has spread terror and violence in numerous countries, and climate change has begun to alter the planet in terrifying ways. President Obama sought to address foreign challenges with minimal reliance on military force, but many politicians - including the two candidates for president in 2016 - argued that he was not forceful enough. Now, with a new president, we can expect sweeping changes in the way Washington conducts its foreign relations. This course will assess the legacy of the Obama administration and the ways in which U.S. foreign policy is likely to change under a new administration. Students will be expected to follow and discuss current affairs, to read selected texts and articles on the subject, and to submit a research paper on some aspect of U.S. foreign policy.
This course will consider the impacts of climate change and resulting resource scarcities on international peace and security. It will identify the likely environmental impacts of climate change - rising sea levels, prolonged droughts, desertification, etc. - and consider how they will heighten the risk of internal and international discord and conflict. It will also consider actions that can be taken by governmental and non-governmental organizations to reduce the risk of disorder and conflict arising from climate change and resource scarcity. Students will read and discuss recent UN and related studies on these problems, and conduct individual or team research on a particular aspect of the larger problem. The course will involve lectures, class discussion, student presentations, and in-depth student research.