Assistant Professor of International Relations (BA, University of California, Santa Barbara; MA, Ph.D, The University of Chicago)
Specialization: Asymmetric Conflict (Insurgency, Counterinsurgency, Small Wars, Terrorism), International Relations Theory, Strategy, Russian Politics and Foreign Policy, Gender and World Politics.
Ivan Arreguin-Toft’s current research focuses on the utility of barbarism—the systematic or deliberate harm of noncombatants in pursuit of a military objective—as a strategy in war. This research, which constructively integrates human rights and interstate security issues, has culminated in a book manuscript tentatively entitled The [F]utility of Barbarism.
Arreguin-Toft has authored a definitive international relations monograph on asymmetric conflict, which includes insurgency, counterinsurgency, and terrorism, as well as several articles or edited volume chapters on asymmetric conflict, counterinsurgency, terrorism, U.S. grand strategy, deterrence theory, and U.S. security policy. His opinion pieces have appeared in the Boston Globe and the Nieman Watchdog. He is co-editor, with Karen Mingst, of the Fifth Edition of the best selling U.S. international relations textbook, Norton’s Essentials of International Relations. His previous teaching experience includes Harvard University, Wellesley College, and The University of Chicago.