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Sean KayMershon Associate 
Director, Arneson Institute for Practical Politics and Public Affairs
Professor of Politics and Government
Chair of International Studies
211 Elliott Hall
Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH 43015 
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B.A., Kent State University, Political Science (1989)
M.A., Kent State University, Political Science and International Relations (1991)
M.A., Free University of Brussels, International/Strategic Studies (1992)
Ph.D., University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Political Science (1997)

Sean Kay is a professor in the Department of Politics and Government at Ohio Wesleyan University specializing in international politics, international security, international organizations, and U.S. foreign and defense policy.

He also is the director of the Arneson Institute for Practical Politics and Public Affairs and chair of the International Studies Program. Kay is a Mershon associate at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies at The Ohio State University and a non-resident fellow at the Eisenhower Institute in Washington, D.C., specializing in international security.

Kay's publications include the books America's Search for Security: The Triumph of Idealism and the Return of Realism (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014); Celtic Revival?: The Rise, Fall, and Renewal of Global Ireland (Rowman & Littlefield, 2011); Global Security in the 21st Century: The Quest for Power and the Search for Peace (Rowman and Littlefield, 2006; 2nd ed., 2011; 3rd ed., 2015); Limiting Institutions: Security Governance in Eurasia (Manchester University Press, 2003); NATO after 50 Years (Scholarly Resources, 2001); and NATO and the Future of European Security (Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 1998).

Kay also is the author of numerous book chapters and peer-review journal articles focusing on international relations, including the journals Current History, International Politics, European Security, Mediterranean Quarterly, Security Dialogue, Contemporary Security Policy, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, and Problems of Post-Communism.

He has written op-ed pieces for Foreign Policy.com, Politoco.com, The Wall Street Journal Europe, International Herald Tribune, Toronto Globe and Mail, The Washington Times, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Akron Beacon-Journal, Washington Note, Huffington Post, and Defense News.

He is the author of several U.S. government studies and has spoken at numerous scholarly, think-tank, and government/international conferences.

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