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Faculty Image Karen Ruth Adams
Office: Liberal Arts 353,
Phone: 406-243-2461, ext. 1
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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.  

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Office Hours:

by appointment


  • 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


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:

Policy Pieces

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