News Archive

Putin is discovering that overwhelming military power can be a curse

Washington Post

Lab director Todd Sechser: As Stalin learned in Finland, small countries can inflict serious damange on invading superpowers. Image from shutterstock.

How Worried Should We Be About Russia Using Nuclear Weapons?

UVA Today

Lab Director Todd Sechser on the escalating threat from Russia. 

Russia Invades Ukraine. What Does it Mean?

UVA Today

Lab Director Todd Sechser on the Russian invasion of the Ukraine. 

Made by History - The long-ago invasion that offers clues as to Vladimir Putin’s thinking on Ukraine

Washington Post

Article by By John Owen, Statecraft Lab faculty member. Image by Shutterstock. 

New Book: Emerging Technologies and International Stability


A new book has been released exploring the role of technology in international politics. Edited by Lab Director Todd Sechser along with Neil Narang and Caitlin Talmadge.

Budget Breaker? The Financial Cost of US Military Alliances

Security Studies

New article from the Statecraft Lab's Josh Alley, with Matthew Fuhrmann. Image from Shutterstock.

Alliance Participation, Treaty Depth, and Military Spending

International Studies Quarterly

What's the link between alliance participation and military spending? Lab post-doc Josh Alley takes a deep dive explaining how treaty depth impacts spending. Image from shutterstock.

Q&A: Long-term foreign policy effects of a chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan

UVA Today

Lab faculty Todd Sechser (director), Dale Copeland and John Owen tackle the geopolitical concerns of the situation in Afghanistan. 

Why Physical Barriers Backfire: How Immigration Enforcement Deters Return and Increases Asylum Applications

Comparative Political Studies

Post Doctoral Research Associate Justin Schon and Lab Faculty David Leblang publish new article. Image via shutterstock. 

Can a New Iran Nuclear Deal be Made?

Newsradio WINA

Lab Director Todd Sechser shares his expertise with Les Sinclair at Newsradio WINA.

Nuclear Threats and International Security

UVA Club of Richmond

View lab director Todd Sechser's recorded talk on Addressing Nuclear Weapons and International Threats for the UVA Club of Richmond.

Climate, violence, and Honduran migration to the United States


Research by lab faculty David Leblang and his partner at Duke University, Sarah Bermeo. Image: Santo Domingo Ingenio, Oaxaca/Mexico - Nov.

Reassessing the public goods theory of alliances

Sage Journals

Statecraft Research Associate Josh Alley explores the free-riding hypothesis, determining that free-riding based on economic weight is unusual in alliance politics, which may be due to limits on al

Justin Schon publishes Surviving the War in Syria

Cambridge University Press

Statecraft Lab Post-Doctoral Research Associate Justin Schon publishes Surviving the War in Syria: Survival Strategies in a Time of Conflict

Surviving the War in Syria: Survival Strategies in a Time of Conflict

WTJU Radio

Statecraft Lab Research Associate Justin Schon discusses his book "Surviving the War in Syria: Survival Strategies in a Time of Conflict" with WTJU's Lewis Reining.

Does the Indo-Pacific Need an Alliance like NATO?

National Interest

And should the United States try to create such an organization? Analysis by Statecraft Lab Post-Doctoral Research Associate Josh Alley. 

Is China shifting the world order?

The Hill

Written by John Owen

The Pandemic and Great Power Competition

How has the COVID-19 crisis affected the emerging rivalry between the United States and China? Has the pandemic sharpened great power competition, or highlighted the need for mutual cooperation?

Red and Blue America Agree That Now Is the Time to Violate the Constitution

The Atlantic

People of both parties seem rather okay with undermining core civil liberties in order to fight the pandemic.

Misunderstanding the Bomb

Miller Center | UVA

How we've learned the wrong lessons about nuclear deterrence and arms control. Brendan Green, Todd Sechser

The World Is Experiencing a New Form of Autocracy

The Atlantic

Today’s authoritarians use legal measures to subvert constitutional constraints on their power. By Lab Faculty Anne Meng and Mila Versteeg, with Tim Horley. 

The U.S. and Iran: 'It's a very important moment'

Miller Center | UVA

Lab Director Todd Sechser moderates as former ambassadors Eric Edelman and Steve Mull discuss the latest chapter in a long and fraught relationship

Can the U.S. protect its nuclear weapons in Turkey?

Washington Post

U.S. forces reportedly came under artillery fire from Turkish troops heading into northern Syria last week — another sign of the sudden plunge in U.S. relations with Turkey.

Analysis of the U.S.-North Korean summit

Newsradio WINA

Todd Sechser, an associate professor in the University of Virginia’s Department of Politics and the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy.

Partisan Preferences Versus the Constitution: Findings from a Survey Experiment in Turkey

Enforcing constitutional law is difficult.