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Faculty

Peter D. Feaver
Professor of Political Science
Director of the Triangle Institute for Security Studies in Sanford School
Director of the Duke Program in American Grand Strategy
Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy
Bass Fellow

Areas of Expertise

Education

Ph.D., Harvard University (1990)
B.A., Lehigh University (1983)

 

The American Grand Strategy Program is an interdisciplinary program blending political science, public policy, and history to better understand America's role in the world.   The program includes active learning including field trips, domestic battlefield staff rides, and an annual international staff ride like this one:

 

 

In this episode of the Policy 360 podcast, Peter Feaver tells Sanford's dean, Kelly Brownell that it’s time to critically examine the country’s grand strategy:

And here, Feaver discusses whether the U.S. should support indefinite deployment of troops in certain circumstances:

Bio

Peter D. Feaver (Ph.D., Harvard, 1990) is a Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at Duke University. He is Director of the Triangle Institute for Security Studies (TISS) and also Director of the Duke Program in American Grand Strategy (AGS). From June 2005 to July 2007, Feaver was on leave to be Special Advisor for Strategic Planning and Institutional Reform on the National Security Council Staff at the White House where his responsibilities included the national security strategy, regional strategy reviews, and other political-military issues. Feaver is author of Armed Servants: Agency, Oversight, and Civil-Military Relations (Harvard Press, 2003) and of Guarding the Guardians: Civilian Control of Nuclear Weapons in the United States (Cornell University Press, 1992). He is co-author, with Christopher Gelpi and Jason Reifler, of Paying the Human Costs of War (Princeton University Press, 2009), co-author, with Susan Wasiolek and Anne Crossman, of Getting the Most Out of College (Ten Speed Press, 2008), and co-author, with Christopher Gelpi, of Choosing Your Battles: American Civil-Military Relations and the Use of Force (Princeton University Press, 2004). He is co-editor, with Richard H. Kohn, of Soldiers and Civilians: The Civil-Military Gap and American National Security (MIT Press, 2001). He has published numerous other monographs, scholarly articles, book chapters, and policy pieces on American foreign policy, public opinion, nuclear proliferation, civil-military relations, information warfare, and U.S. national security. He is a member of the Aspen Strategy Group and blogs at shadow.foreignpolicy.com. In 1993-94, Feaver served as Director for Defense Policy and Arms Control on the National Security Council at the White House where his responsibilities included the national security strategy review, counterproliferation policy, regional nuclear arms control, and other defense policy issues.

Selected Grants