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Aaron Rapport

Political Science, University of Minnesota

Planning in the Shadow of the Future: U.S. Military Interventions and Time Horizons

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Aaron Rapport is a Lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Studies at Cambridge University.

He is also a Fellow at Corpus Christi College and was previously an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Georgia State University in Atlanta. Rapport's research interests include international security, political psychology, and U.S. foreign policy. He has taught undergraduate and graduate level courses on these topics, as well as qualitative research methodology.  His book, Waging War, Planning Peace: U.S. Noncombat Operations and Major Wars came out in 2015 and was part of Cornell University Press’s Security Affairs series. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in the journals International Security, International Studies Quarterly, the Journal of Peace Research, and Security Studies.

Rapport's dissertation examined cases of major U.S. involvement in military campaigns from 1945 to 2003 in order to illuminate factors that caused state leaders to underestimate the long-term costs of foreign military intervention. Scholars of international relations have noted that the tendency to underestimate long-term costs of military action has pervaded thinking in the United States as well as that of other state leaders considering intervention. He argued that the cognitive process by which people evaluate future events can help account for poor strategic assessment.

Fellowship year: 2010

Mentor: Jack Levy, Rutgers University

Selected Recent Publications

Waging War, Planning Peace: U.S. Noncombat Operations and Major Wars (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2015).

"Whatever He Decides, Afghanistan Will Hurt Obama.The Providence Journal, October 2009.

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