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Steven Dobransky

Email Address: sdobrans@kent.edu

Educational Background: 

B.A. Cleveland State University

M.A. Ohio University

Curriculum Vitae: Available upon request

Research Interests:

U.S. Foreign Policy/National Security; Foreign Aid; Economic Development; Energy Security

General Interests: International Relations; Justice; Peace and Conflict; International Security

Regional Interests: Middle East; Russia; Latin America; Arctic/Antarctic

Dissertation/thesis topic: (TBD)

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Publications:

Articles

“Humanitarian Versus National Interests: A Statistical Reflection on Official Development Assistance and Whether It Is Directed Towards Its Goals and Ideals.”  American Diplomacy, June 21, 2010. Online at http://www.unc.edu/depts/diplomat/item/2010/0406/comm/dobransky_humanitarian.html, pp. 1-13.

“Operation Trinity: The Most Important Question Yet to Be Answered on Iraq’s CPA Orders 1 and 2: And Why Scholars Need to Learn the Full Truth.” Foreign Policy Journal, February 2, 2011. Online at http://www.foreignpolicyjournal.com/2011/02/02/operation-trinity/.

“The Coming Crisis in U.S. Foreign Aid: Policy Options for the 21st Century.”  American Diplomacy, March 7, 2011.  Online at http://www.unc.edu/depts/diplomat/item/2011/0104/comm/dobransky_coming.html.

“The Nuclear Penetration of the Monroe Doctrine.” Air & Space Power Journal 23, no. 1 (Spring 2011): 4-15. 

“The United Arab Emirates and The Black Pearl Model of Economic Development.” International Journal on World Peace 28, no. 2 (June 2011): 45-83.

“Beyond the Fire and Darkness: The ‘Living’ Memorialization of the Four American Missionaries Martyred in El Salvador in 1980.”  The Journal for the Study of Peace and Conflict (2010-2012): 28-53.

“Unbearable Shortages: U.S. Currency, Debt, and the Decision of 1865.”  American Review of Political Economy 10, no. 1/2 (June/December 2012): 96-119.

“The Formation of a Black Sea Community (BSC) and Its Potential Economic and Security Implications.”  Polis, No 1 (133)-2013 (January 2013): 177-181.

“Military Security, Energy Resources, and the Emergence of the Northwest Passage: Canada’s Arctic Dilemma.”  American Diplomacy, June 20, 2012.  Online at http://www.unc.edu/depts/diplomat/item/2012/0106/ca/dobransky_arctic.html.

“Helium-3: The Future of Energy Security.”  International Journal on World Peace 30, no. 1 (March 2013): 61-88.

“Intergenerational Crime Prevention: Attempts to Save Children from Following in Their Incarcerated Parents’ Footsteps.”  Peace Studies Journal 6, no. 3 (July 2013): 164-178.

“Rare Earth Elements and U.S. Foreign Policy: The Critical Ascension of REEs in Global Politics and U.S. National Security.”  American Diplomacy, October 16, 2013.  Online at       

http://www.unc.edu/depts/diplomat/item/2013/0912/ca/dobransky_rareearth.html.

“Why the U.S. Failed in Iraq.”  Middle East Quarterly (forthcoming).

“The Dawn of a New Age?  Democracies and Military Victory: A Statistical Analysis.”  Journal of Strategic Security (forthcoming).


Book Reviews

Sorry States: Apologies in International Politics by Jennifer Lind, in International Journal on World Peace 27, no. 1 (March 2010): 79-83. 

Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet: The New Geopolitics of Energy by Michael T. Klare, Energy Security: Visions from Asia and Europe ed. Antonio Marquina, and The Global Politics of Energy eds. Kurt M. Campbell and Jonathon Price, in Cooperation and Conflict 45, no. 3 (Fall 2010): 1-7.

Challenge and Strategy: Rethinking India’s Foreign Policy by Rajiv Sikri, in Contemporary Security Policy 31, no. 2 (August 2010): 370-372.

Persian Dreams: Moscow and Tehran Since the Fall of the Shah by John W. Parker, in Strategic Studies Quarterly. July 23, 2010.  Online at http://www.au.af.mil/au/research/review_full.asp?id=44.

The Politics of Official Apologies by Melissa Nobles, in The Journal for the Study of Peace and Conflict, 2009-2010 Annual Edition: 106-107.

Striking First: Preemption and Prevention in International Conflict by Michael W. Doyle, in International Journal on World Peace 27, no. 4 (December 2010): 79-85.

Occupying Iraq: A History of the Coalition Provisional Authority by James Dobbins, Seth G.Jones, Benjamin Runkle, and Siddharth Mohandas, in Strategic Studies Quarterly. April 27, 2011.  Online at http://afri.au.af.mil/review_full.asp?id=174.

The Grand Strategy of the Byzantine Empire by Edward N. Luttwak, in American Diplomacy. December 13, 2010. Online at http://www.unc.edu/depts/diplomat/item/2010/0912/book/book_dobransky_grandstrategy.html.

 War on Terror, Inc.: Corporate Profiteering from the Politics of Fear by Solomon Hughes, in International Journal on World Peace 28, no. 3 (September 2011): 111-114. 

Confronting the Chaos: A Rogue Military Historian Returns to Afghanistan by Sean M. Maloney, in Middle East Policy 18, no. 3 (Fall 2011): 168-169. 

Al-Qa’ida’s Doctrine For Insurgency: ‘Abd Al-‘Aziz Al-Muqrin’s A Practical Course for Guerrilla War, translated and analyzed by Norman Cigar, in Air & Space Power Journal 25, no. 4 (Winter 2011): 123-124. 

Makers of Ancient Strategy: From the Persian Wars to the Fall of Rome edited by Victor Davis Hanson, in Contemporary Security Policy 33, no. 1 (April 2012): 206-207.

Military Brass Vs. Civilian Academics at the National War College: A Clash of Cultures by Howard J. Wiarda, in International Journal on World Peace 29, no. 1 (March 2012): 111-116. 

The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution by Francis Fukuyama, in American Diplomacy.  February 2012.  Online at http://www.unc.edu/depts/diplomat/item/2012/0106/bk/book_dobransky_origins.html.

Hezbollah and Hamas: A Comparative Study by Joshua L. Gleis and Benedetta Berti, inInternational Journal on World Peace 30, no. 3 (September 2013): 94-97.

 

Books

State Government in Ohio: Revised and Updated with Primary Source Materials.  With Jamie Callender.  Forthcoming publication in 2013.

 

Professional activities/achievements:

Adjunct Professor of Political Science

Cleveland State University, January 2010-Present

Lakeland Community College, August 2010-Present   

Lake Erie College, August 2012-Present

 

Courses Taught: International Relations, U.S. Foreign Policy,   Comparative Politics, American Government, State and Local Government, Political Theory, Introduction to Political Science

President's List, Dean's List, Golden Key International Honour Society, Pi Sigma Alpha (National Political Science) Honor Society

Best Graduate Student Paper Award, “Humanitarianism Goes to War: 9/11 and the Origins of the Millennium Challenge Corporation” at the Ohio Association of Economists and Political Scientists, 2011

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Ohio University

Associate Director of the Public Affairs Internship Program, Ohio University

Graduate Student Senator, Kent State University

Conferences

Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA)

Chair, 

Foreign Policies of Russia and the Former Soviet Union

Russian Internal and Foreign Foci

The International Politics of Environmental Cooperation 

Diasporas, Foreign NGOs, and Policy Outcomes

Causal Events, Civil War and Early Political Development

Discussant,

Determinants of Foreign Direct Investment

Media, War, and Conflict

Political Violence

Undergraduate Poster Session

U.S. Foreign Policy

Presenter, 

“Unbearable Shortages: U.S. Currency, Debt, and the Decision of 1865”

“The Formation of a Black Sea Community (BSC) and Its Potential Economic and Security Implications”

“World Government and the Perceptual Influences of Media Sources: The Role of Science Fiction in Forming Conceptions of a New World Order”

“Humanitarianism Goes to War: 9/11 and the Origins of the Millennium Challenge Corporation”

“The Case for the Galactic Empire: How the Real World Influenced the Creation of ‘Evil’ in Star Wars and an Entirely New Legacy of American Political Culture”  

“Six Degrees to the Presidency: The Influence of Kevin Bacon on Presidential Elections”

“Helium-3: The Future of Energy Security”

“U.S. Foreign Educational Assistance to the Developing World: The Educational Path to Socio-Economic Growth and Democracy?”  

Ohio Association of Economists and Political Scientists (OAEPS)

Chair,

International Relations

Comparative Politics/International Relations

Discussant, 

The Constitution and Constitutionalism

International Relations

Energy

Presenter, 

"The Relevance and Importance of Immanuel Kant's 'Perpetual Peace' to Contemporary Times”

“Democracies at War: The Russian-Georgian Conflict, the End of Democratic Peace Theory, and the New War Variable”

“Unbearable Shortages: U.S. Currency, Debt, and the Decision of 1865”

“Death Squads and Counterinsurgency Policy: The Failure of the Salvadoran Model in the Middle East”

“Humanitarianism Goes to War: 9/11 and the Origins of the Millennium Challenge Corporation” (winner of the Best Graduate Student Paper Award)

“Rare Earth Elements and U.S. Foreign Policy: The Critical Ascension of REEs in Global Politics and U.S. National Security”

“Helium-3: The Future of Energy Security”

“U.S. Foreign Educational Assistance to the Developing World: The Educational Path to Socio-Economic Growth and Democracy?”

“The Hunger of Realism: The Paradox of United States Food Aid on the International System and the Institutional Challenge to Realist Theory”

International Association For Conflict Management (IACM)

Presenter,

 “Memorialization and Social Justice Transformation: A Case Study of the Four Missionaries Martyred in El Salvador in 1980 and How Their Mission Continues”

Reviewer, Conference Manuscript Submissions

International Security Studies Section (ISSS) of the International Studies Association

Discussant,

Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding in Intrastate Conflict

Presenter, 

“The Nuclear Penetration of the Monroe Doctrine”

“Military Security, Energy Resources, and the Emergence of the Northwest Passage:Canada’s Arctic Dilemma”

“Rare Earth Elements and U.S. Foreign Policy: The Critical Ascension of REEs in Global Politics and U.S. National Security”

“The Hunger of Realism: The Paradox of United States Food Aid on the International System and the Institutional Challenge to Realist Theory”

“Violators Amongst Us: International Regimes and the Role of Compliance: A Case Study on Official Development Assistance (ODA)”

International Studies Association (ISA)

Presenter, 

“The Nuclear Penetration of the Monroe Doctrine”

“Military Security, Energy Resources, and the Emergence of the Northwest Passage:Canada’s Arctic Dilemma”

“Rare Earth Elements and U.S. Foreign Policy: The Critical Ascension of REEs inGlobal Politics and U.S. National Security” (forthcoming)

American Political Science Association (APSA)

Presenter,

“Rare Earth Elements and U.S. Foreign Policy: The Critical Ascension of REEs inGlobal Politics and U.S. National Security”

Northeastern Political Science Association (NPSA)

Chair,

Conflict in the Global System

Presenter,

“Rare Earth Elements and U.S. Foreign Policy: The Critical Ascension of REEs in Global Politics and U.S. National Security”

MANUSCRIPT REVIEWER

Political Research Quarterly

International Political Science Review

Politics and Policy

TEXTBOOK REVIEWER

International Politics on the World Stage, Brief by John Rourke and Mark Boyer (McGraw-Hill, 2011 edition)

International Relations (original title) by Mark Boyer, Natalie Hudson, and Michael Butler (McGraw-Hill, 2012 first edition)

CONFERENCE JUDGE

Kent State University 27th Annual Graduate Research Symposium

Affiliations

International Studies Association (ISA)

International Studies Security Section (ISSS)

American Political Science Association (APSA)

Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA)

Ohio Association of Economists and Political Scientists (OAEPS)



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