Ford Security Seminar

The Ford Security Seminar is an academic seminar series, hosted by IPC, that brings together University of Michigan faculty, doctoral students, and outside scholars to discuss key developments in the theory and practice of international security. Participants present original research on topics including international security, international institutions, human rights, and foreign policy analysis. IPC director John Ciorciari convenes the FSS.

Past Seminars




  • Stephen Haggard, University of California, San Diego - Engagement with North Korea: Evidence from Firm-Level Surveys
  • Steve Krasner, Stanford University - State Building Outside In: Development Theories and Policy Implications
  • Stephanie Forrest, University of New Mexico - Internet Governance: What Does It Mean and Is It Achievable?
  • William Burke-White, University of Pennsylvania Law School - Power Shifts in International Law: Structural Realignment and Substantive Pluralism
  • Jessica Chen Weiss, Yale University and John D. Ciorciari, Ford School, University of Michigan - Nationalist Protests, Government Responses, and the Risk of Escalation in Interstate Disputes
  • Matt Fuhrmann, Texas A&M - Do Arms Control Treaties Work? Domestic Politics and the Constraining Power of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty
  • David Kang, University of Southern California - Do Military Expenditures Reflect External Threats in East Asia?
  • William Wohlforth, Dartmouth College - Assessing the Security Benefits of U.S. Grand Strategy
  • Dan Reiter, Emory University - How War Makes the State: Insurgency, External Threat, and Road Construction in India
  • Vipin Narang, Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Windows of Volatility?  Unpacking the Relationship between Nuclear Proliferation, Deterrence, and Time
  • Carrie Booth Walling, Albion College - Human Rights Norms, State Sovereignty and Humanitarian Intervention
  • Jacob Shapiro, Princeton University - How Natural Disasters Affect Political Attitudes and Behavior: Evidence from the 2010-11 Pakistani Floods
  • James Whitman, Yale Law School - The Verdict of Battle
  • William Inboden, LBJ School, University of Texas at Austin - Grand Strategy and Petty Squabbling: The Paradox of the Reagan National Security Council


  • Robert Axelrod, Ford School, University of Michigan - Doctrinal Issues for Cyber Conflict
  • Benjamin O. Fordham, Binghamton University (SUNY) - Economic Interests and Threat Assessment in the U.S. Congress, 1890-1914
  • Charles Kupchan, Georgetown University - Unpacking Hegemony:  The Normative Dimensions of Hierarchical Order
  • Dominic J. Nardi, University of Michigan - It's not what you say, it's how much you say it: Comparing Authoritarian and Democratic Constitutions
    Using Latent Text Analysis
  • Philip Potter, Ford School, University of Michigan - Leadership Deficits and Civilian Targeting by Terrorist Organizations
  • Mia Bloom, Pennsylvania State University - Charting the Increasing Role of Children in Violent Extremist Organizations
  • David M. Crane, Syracuse University College of Law - An Age of Extremes: International Law in Crises-Eight Challenges
  • Cali Mortenson Ellis, Ford School, University of Michigan - The Effect of Childhood War Trauma on a Leader's Decision to Use Force
  • Gary Uzonyi, University of Michigan -Protecting civilians abroad: Post-Cold War humanitarianism and third-party interventions into conflict
  • Peter Feaver, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University - Military Endorsements and Public Opinion: What Effect and Why?
  • Taylor Fravel, Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Explaining Major Change In China’s Military Strategy
  • Jon Pevehouse, University of Wisconsin - An Opportunity Cost Theory of US Treaty Behavior
  • Andrea Jones-Rooy, Carnegie Mellon University - The Strategic Use of the Media in China and Other Autocracies
  • Alastair Smith and Scott Tyson, New York University - A Two-Sided Global Game of Revolution: Higher Order Uncertainty and Mass Action
  • Robert Ross, Boston College - Chinese Nationalism and the American 'Pivot' to East Asia: Prospects for U.S.-China Relations