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Edgar S. Furniss Book Award Winner
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Michael Horowitz
Presidents, Kings, Dictators, and Wars: Leader Risk and International Politics
Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 12:30pm
Mershon Center for International Security Studies
1501 Neil Ave., Columbus, OH 43206

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Michael Horowitz

Michael Horowitz is associate professor of political science at University of Pennsylvania. He is currently on leave from UPenn as an international affairs fellow, funded by the Council on Foreign Relations, working in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy in the U.S. Department of Defense.

Horowitz's research focuses on international conflict issues, especially military innovation by state and non-state actors, the role of leaders in international politics, and the intersection of religion and international relations. His first book, The Diffusion of Military Power: Causes and Consequences for International Politics (Princeton University Press, 2010) won the Edgar S. Furniss Book Award from the Mershon Center for International Security Studies at The Ohio State University. His work has been published in International Organization, the Journal of Politics, International Security, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Washington Quarterly, and elsewhere.

Horowitz received his Ph.D. in government from Harvard University and B.A. in political science from Emory University.


This project attempts to bring leaders, the decision makers who start wars and make the peace, back into our core understanding of international politics. It challenges the assumption of traditional international relations research, demonstrating that leaders matter, and importantly their observable early life experiences shape their subsequent preferences and propensity to use military force in systematic ways.


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