Participant Info

First Name
Last Name
Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver
Private security, private military, global governance, non-state actors, civil-military relations, control of violence
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Personal Info

About Me

Dr. Deborah Avant is the Sié Chéou-Kang Chair for International Security and Diplomacy and Director of the Sié Center. She is also the inaugural Editor-in-Chief of the ISA’s newly launched Journal of Global Security Studies. Her research (funded by grants from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Smith Richardson Foundation, and the Carnegie Corporation, among others) focuses on civil-military relations, the roles of non-state actors in global politics, the politics of controlling violence, and global governance. Prior to joining the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, she held positions at the University of California, Irvine and George Washington University.

Recent Publications

2016     The New Power Politics: Networks and Security Governance (edited with Oliver Westerwinter). New York: Oxford University Press.

2010     Who Governs the Globe? (edited with Martha Finnemore and Susan Sell). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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

2016     “Pragmatic Networks and Global Governance: Explaining Governance Gains in Private Military and Security Services,” International Studies Quarterly Vol 60, no.1.

2012     “Transnational Organizations and Security,” (with Virginia Haufler) Global Crime Vol. 13: 1-22.

2011     “Military Contractors and the American Way of War,” (with Renee de Nevers) Daedalus Vol. 140, No. 3:  88-99.

2010     “Private Security and Democracy: Lessons from the US in Iraq” (with Lee Sigelman) Security Studies Vol. 19, No. 2: 230-265.

Media Coverage

Commentator on the private military and security industry. Created and maintains the Private Security Monitor:

blogs at: Political Violence @ a Glance and occasional guest blog on Foreign Policy’s Best Defense

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