Lindsay Cohn

Department of Political Science
Faculty - Assistant Professor of Political Science


International Relations: International Security, Foreign Policy, Terrorism/Asymmetric Conflict/Insurgency and Counter-insurgency, Civil-military Relations, International Law of War, Military Organizations, Strategy and Defense


Ph.D., Duke University, 2007; B.A., Duke University 1999 (Magna cum laude with Honors in Political Science)

Research Interests

Military Organizations, Asymmetric Conflict, Counter-insurgency, and Terrorism, Civil-Military Relations, Strategy and Defense


Media: Guest on Worldview, Chicago Public Radio; guest on Politics Day on The Exchange, Iowa Public Radio; contributor to articles on military manpower issues for the Christian Science Monitor and the Santa Cruz Sentinel. Professional publications: Associate Editor for Armed Forces and Society and for Res Militaris; reviewer for the American Journal of Political Science, Security Studies, German Politics, Armed Forces and Society, Latin American Politics and Society, St. Anthony's International Review; Grant Reviewer for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Students: Mentor to McNair Scholar Ramon Cantu (project: A Transnational Threat: the Correlation between Gangs, Cartels, and Terrorism); supervisor to independent studies, research projects, or theses with MA student Boris Nikoltchev (Geography), MPP students Sean Lenihan and Dennis McNamara, and undergraduate students Chris Apling, Matt Ludemann, Tim Tolliver, Kelsey Whiting, and Alex Zenor; Co-Director of the Center for International Peace and Security Studies (CIPSS); faculty adviser for the Model UN competition team and for the Veterans' Student Association

Selected Publications

“Who Will Serve: Labor Markets and Military Personnel Policy”, Res Militaris 3(2). Winter/Spring 2013: forthcoming


“Relations Between Uniformed and Contractor Personnel in Operations” Small Wars and Insurgency special issue on complex operations, April 2013: forthcoming

“It Wasn’t in my Contract: Civilian Control and the Privatization of Security”, Armed Forces and Society 37(3): 381-398, July 2011

“Kampf dem Chaos: die klassischen Formeln der Counter-insurgency und warum man mit ihnen im Irak nicht weit kommt” [Fighting Chaos: why classic counter-insurgency doctrine may be insufficient in Iraq], in Internationale Politik 14(1). Berlin: German Council on Foreign Relations, January 2008: 40-44

“American Civil-Military Relations and the Use of Force” in Encyclopedia of War and American Society, edited by Peter Karsten. London: Sage Publications, 2006: 133-137. Co-authored with Peter D. Feaver and Christopher Gelpi

“American Civil-Military Relations” in Armed Forces and International Security: Global Trends and Issues, edited by Jean Callaghan and Franz Kernic. Piscataway, NJ: Transaction Publishers, 2003: 65-72

The Evolution of the Civil-Military “Gap” Debate. Working Paper of the Triangle Institute for Security Studies (Project on the Gap Between the Military and Civilian Society), Durham: TISS, 1999

Courses Taught

International Relations, International Security, US Foreign Policy, Terrorism, International Law and Politics, US Civil-Military Relations, Civil-Military Relations in Advanced Democracies


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