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Karen Ruth Adams, Associate Professor, International Relations

Office
Location: Liberal Arts 353
Hours: T 1:30-3:00, Th 4:30-5:30, & by appt

Contact
Phone: 406-243-2461, ext. 1
Email: karen.adams@umontana.edu


Description

I teach and write about international relations and international security, and I serve as the faculty advisor to the Montana Model UN high school conference and traveling team.

My research has three streams:

--Developing and using a new framework to measure, explain, and improve human, national, and international security.

--Enhancing the understanding and application of international relations theory, methods, and data.

--Providing opportunities for conversation and collaboration among security policy makers, practitioners, and scholars.

I have published articles and chapters on the causes of war, the political-military effects of the technological offense-defense-deterrence balance, and the causes, conduct, and consequences of the US wars in Kosovo and Iraq.  

I am finishing a book on human, national, and international security.  

Professional Biography  Download PDF

Education

Ph.D.   University of California, Berkeley, Political Science, 2000

M.A.     University of California, Berkeley, Political Science, 1989

B.A.      Stanford University, Political Science and Economics, 1986

Selected Publications

  • “Structural-Realism:  The Imperialism of Great Power,” in Jennifer Sterling-Folker, ed., Making Sense of International Relations Theory, 2nd ed. (Boulder:  Lynne Rienner, 2013).  [Causes of the 2003 US conquest of Iraq]  Link to contents.  Download PDF

  • “The Causes of War,” in Robert Denemark et al. eds. The International Studies Encyclopedia (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010).  [International Studies Association International Studies Compendium Project/International Studies Online]  Link to contents.  Download PDF.  

  • “Structural-Realism:  The Consequences of Great-Power Politics,” in Jennifer Sterling-Folker, ed., Making Sense of International Relations Theory, 1st ed. (Boulder:  Lynne Rienner, 2005). [Effects of state weakness on Yugoslavian vulnerability to civil and international war]  Download PDF.  

  • "Attack and Conquer?  International Anarchy and the Offense-Defense-Deterrence Balance,” International Security 28:3 (Winter 2003/04), pp. 45-83.  Link to journal.  Link to codebook and dataset.

Policy Pieces

  • North Korea Raises the Stakes,” Women in International Security Issue Brief, Winter 2007 (coauthored with Kimberly Hannon).  

  • Montana Model UN committee and topic background guides, more than 60 since 2008, also used by Teton County Model UN, Sciences-Po Rennes, and other conferences and programs.  Link to most recent MMUN guides.  

Invited Lectures

  • “Measuring Human, National, and International Security,” Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center Faculty Colloquium, University of Montana, April 2013.

  • “Teaching Strategic Studies to Undergraduates,” Summer Workshop on Strategic Studies, Philip Merrill Center, Johns Hopkins University, Basin Harbor, Vermont, June 2011.

  • “International Politics and the Emerging International-Political System,” Ho Chi Minh Academy, Hanoi, Vietnam, January 2010.

  • “The Future of the US as a Great Power,” UM College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Salon, Seattle, June 2008.

  • “Lesser Goods in International Relations:  How to Live in and Improve the World as It Is,” Honors Symposium, Flathead Valley Community College, Kalispell, Montana, March 2010.

Media Appearances

  • Interview, Syrian civil war, Montana Kaimin, 2 October 2013.  Download pdf.  

  • Interview, 47th annual Montana Model UN High School Conference, KGVO radio, 19 November 2012.  Download recording.

  • Interview, costs and benefits of US membership in the United Nations, Montana Public Radio, 1 October 2010.

  • Interview, Iranian nuclear situation, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 August 2006.

  • Panelist, "Iraq and National Security," PBS Newshour coverage of By the People citizen deliberation, 29 January 2004.  Download transcript.  Download summary.

Courses

  • International Security (PSCI 334)

  • Model United Nations (PSCI 337)

  • Graduate Seminar in International Relations (PSCI 530)

Additional Courses

  • Introduction to International Relations (PSCI 230)

  • American Foreign Policy (PSCI 335)

  • International Law and Organizations (PSCI 433)

Special Offerings

  • Food and Politics, Summer 2005

  • War and Politics in Europe, LSU in Paris, Summer 2003