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Deborah D. Avant

Director of International Studies and the Center for Research on International and Global Studies (RIGS), Political Science
School of Social Sciences

Professor, Political Science
School of Social Sciences

Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, 1991, Political Science

Phone: (949) 824-1072
Email: davant@uci.edu

University of California, Irvine
569 Social Science Tower
Mail Code: 5100
Irvine, CA 92697

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Professor Avant is an adjunct fellow at the Pacific Council on International Policy. Her research has been funded by the Institute for Global Conflict and Cooperation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Olin Foundation, and the Smith Richardson Foundation, among others. She serves on the editorial boards of several journals including the American Political Science Review, Security Studies and International Studies Quarterly as well as on the steering committee of the Institute for Global Conflict and Cooperation. She has chaired the International Security Studies Section of the International Studies Association (ISA) and served on several boards including the executive board of ISA, the executive board of Women in International Security (WIIS) and the board of visitors for the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC).
Appointments 1990-91 Center for International Studies, University of Southern California
1991-94 Political Science, University at Albany, State University of New York
1995-07 Political Science and Elliott School of International Affairs,
George Washington University
Deborah Avant is Professor of Political Science and Director of International Studies and the Center for Research on International and Global Studies at University of California, Irvine. Her research has focused on civil-military relations, military change, and the politics of controlling violence.

Her current research focuses on how the US government’s use of private military and security forces has affected democratic processes in the United States, how private actors conceptualize and implement security in weak states and the way different state and non state actors govern on the global stage.
Publications “Opportunistic Peacebuilders? International Organizations, Private Military Training and State-building after War,” in Roland Paris and Tim Sisk, eds., The Dilemmas of Statebuilding: Confronting the Contradictions of Post-war Peace Operations, New York: Routledge, 2008.
  “The Emerging Market for private military services and the problems of regulation,” in Simon Chesterman and Chia Lehnardt, From Mercenaries to Markets: The Rise and Regulation of Private Military Companies (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007)
  “Institutions and Military Effectiveness,” in Creating Military Power: The Sources of Military Effectiveness edited by Risa Brooks and Elizabeth Stanley-Mitchell (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2007).

“NGOs, Corporations, and Security Transformation in Africa,” International Relations, Vol. 29, No. 2 (2007).

“The Implications of Marketized Security for IR Theory: the Democratic Peace, Late State Building and the Nature and Frequency of Conflict,” Perspectives on Politics, Vol. 4, No. 3 (September 2006).

The Market for Force: the Consequences of Privatizing Security, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005.

“Conserving Nature in the State of Nature: the Politics of INGO Implementation,” Review of International Studies, (July 2004).

"From Mercenaries to Citizen Armies: Explaining Change in the Practice of War," International Organization Vol. 54, No. 1 (winter 2000).

“Conflicting Indicators of ‘Crisis’ in American Civil-Military Relations,” Armed Forces and Society Vol. 24, No. 4 (summer 1998).

“Are the Reluctant Warriors Out of Control? Why U.S. Military Leaders have been Averse to Respond to Post-Cold War Low-Level Threats,” Security Studies Vol. 6, No. 2 (winter 1996-97).

Political Institutions and Military Change: Lessons From Peripheral Wars, Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1994.

"The Institutional Sources of Military Doctrine: Hegemons in Peripheral Wars," International Studies Quarterly, Vol. 37, No. 4 (December 1993).
Research Center RIGS
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