Jack L. Snyder

Columbia University
Political scientist; Educator
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Political Science
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Jack Snyder (Ph.D., Columbia, 1981) is the Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Relations in the Department of Political Science and the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia. His books include Electing to Fight: Why Emerging Democracies Go to War, co-authored with Edward D. Mansfield; From Voting to Violence: Democratization and Nationalist Conflict; Myths of Empire: Domestic Politics and International Ambition; The Ideology of the Offensive: Military Decision Making and the Disasters of 1914; and Religion and International Relations Theory, editor. His articles on such topics as crisis diplomacy ("The Cost of Empty Threats; A Penny, Not a Pound," American Political Science Review, August 2011, co-authored with Erica Borghard), democratization and war, nationalism, imperial overstretch, war crimes tribunals versus amnesties, international relations theory after September 11, and anarchy and culture have appeared in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, International Organization, International Security, and World Politics. Professor Snyder received a B.A. in Government from Harvard in 1973 and the Certificate of Columbia's Russian Institute in 1978. His past research explored domestic political coalitions that promote imperial overextension; how beliefs about military insecurity affect war plans, alliance choices, and the likelihood of war. His new research interests focus on international human rights issues and on the new geopolitics of Eurasia's borderlands.
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