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Jack Snyder

Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Relations

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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 is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, editor of the W. W. Norton book series on World Politics, and an elected member of Columbia's Arts and Sciences Policy and Planning Committee. Professor Snyder received a B.A. in Government from Harvard in 1973 and the Certificate of Columbia's Russian Institute in 1978.

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