Peter D. Feaver

Professor of Political Science

External Address: 
287 Gross Hall, Box 90204, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90204, Durham, NC 27708-0204
Phone: 
(919) 660-4331
Specialties: 
International Relations, Security, Peace, Conflict

Peter D. Feaver (Ph.D., Harvard, 1990) is a Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at Duke University. He is Director of the Triangle Institute for Security Studies (TISS) and also Director of the Duke Program in American Grand Strategy (AGS). From June 2005 to July 2007, Feaver was on leave to be Special Advisor for Strategic Planning and Institutional Reform on the National Security Council Staff at the White House where his responsibilities included the national security strategy, regional strategy reviews, and other political-military issues. Feaver is author of Armed Servants: Agency, Oversight, and Civil-Military Relations (Harvard Press, 2003) and of Guarding the Guardians: Civilian Control of Nuclear Weapons in the United States (Cornell University Press, 1992). He is co-author, with Christopher Gelpi and Jason Reifler, of Paying the Human Costs of War (Princeton University Press, 2009), co-author, with Susan Wasiolek and Anne Crossman, of Getting the Most Out of College (Ten Speed Press, 2008), and co-author, with Christopher Gelpi, of Choosing Your Battles: American Civil-Military Relations and the Use of Force (Princeton University Press, 2004). He is co-editor, with Richard H. Kohn, of Soldiers and Civilians: The Civil-Military Gap and American National Security (MIT Press, 2001). He has published numerous other monographs, scholarly articles, book chapters, and policy pieces on American foreign policy, public opinion, nuclear proliferation, civil-military relations, information warfare, and U.S. national security. He is a member of the Aspen Strategy Group and blogs at shadow.foreignpolicy.com. In 1993-94, Feaver served as Director for Defense Policy and Arms Control on the National Security Council at the White House where his responsibilities included the national security strategy review, counterproliferation policy, regional nuclear arms control, and other defense policy issues.

Education

  • Ph.D., Harvard University 1990
  • B.A., Lehigh University 1983

Feaver, PD, Wasiolek, S, and Crossman, A. Getting the Best Out of College (revised 2nd edition). Ten Speed Press, 2012.

Feaver, PD, Gelpi, C, and Reifler, J. Paying the Human Costs of War. Princeton, 2009.

Feaver, PD, Wasiolek, S, and Crossman, A. Getting the Best Out of College. Ten Speed Press, 2008.

Feaver, PD, and Gelpi, C. Choosing Your Battles. Princeton Press, 2005.

Feaver, PD. Armed Servants: Agency, Oversight, and Civil-Military Relations. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2003.

Feaver, PD. Soldiers and Civilians: The Civil-Military Gap and American National Security. Ed. PD Feaver and RH Kohn. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2003.

Feaver, PD. Guarding the Guardians. Cornell Press, 1992.

Pages

Feaver, P, and Inboden, W. "Looking forward through the past: The role of history in bush white house national security policymaking." The Power of the Past: History and Statecraft. January 1, 2016. 253-280.

Feaver, PD. "Eight Myths about American Grand Strategy." Forging American Grand Strategy: Securing a Path Through A Complex Future. Strategic Studies Institute, Army War College, October 2013.

Feaver, PD, and Geers, K. "When the Urgency of Time and Circumstances Clearly Does not Permit: Predelegation in Nuclear and Cyber Scenarios." Cyber Analogies. Ed. J Arquilla and E Goldman. 2013.

Feaver, PD, and Miller, C. "Provocations on Policymakers, Casualty Aversion, and Post-Heroic Warfare." Heroism and the Changing Character of War: Toward Post-Heroic Warfare?. Ed. S Scheipers. Palgrave, 2013.

Feaver, PD. ""Has the Obama Response to the Arab Revolutions Been Effective? Yes, Not Really, and Probably Too Soon to Tell"." The Arab Revolutions and American Policy. Aspen Strategy Group, 2013.

Feaver, PD, and Biddle, S. ""Assessing Strategic Choices in the War on Terror"." How 9/11 Changed our Ways of War. Sanford University Press, 2013.

Feaver, PD. "“Nuclear Command and Control in Crisis: Old Lessons from New History.”." Nuclear Weapons Security Crises: What Does History Teach?. Ed. H Sokolski and B Tertrais. Strategic Studies Institute, Army War College, 2013.

Feaver, PD. "American Grand Strategy At the Crossroads: Leading From the Front, Leading From Behind, or Not Leading at All,”." America’s Path: Grand Strategy for the Next Administration. Center for New American Security, May 2012.

Feaver, PD. "Nuclear Command and Control in Crisis: Old Lessons From New History." Strategic Studies Institute, Army War College, 2012.

Feaver, PD. "Nuclear Command and Control in Crisis: Old Lessons From New History." Nuclear Command and Control in Crisis. Strategic Studies Institute, Army War College, 2012.

Pages

Brands, H, and Feaver, P. "The case for Bush revisionism: Reevaluating the legacy of America’s 43rd president (Accepted)." Journal of Strategic Studies (July 29, 2017): 1-41. Full Text

Brands, H, and Feaver, P. "Was the Rise of ISIS Inevitable?." Survival 59.3 (May 4, 2017): 7-54. Full Text

Feaver, P. "Civil–Military Relations and Policy: A Sampling of a New Wave of Scholarship." Journal of Strategic Studies 40.1-2 (January 2, 2017): 325-342. Full Text

Feaver, PD. "Resign in Protest? A Cure Worse Than Most Diseases." Armed Forces & Society 43.1 (January 2017): 29-40. Full Text

Brands, H, and Feaver, P. "Stress-Testing American Grand Strategy." Survival 58.6 (November 2016): 93-120. Full Text

Feaver, PD, and Lorber, EB. "The sanctions myth." National Interest 2015.July-August (January 1, 2015).

Feaver, PD. "Review of Richard Betts’ American Force." H-Diplo/ISSF (November 2012). (Review)

Feaver, PD. ""Correspondence: Civilians, Soldiers and the Iraq Surge Decision"." International Security 36.3 (2012). (Academic Article)

Feaver, PD. "Peter D. Feaver replies." International Security 36.3 (December 1, 2011): 191-199. (Letter)

Pages

Feaver, PD, Golby, J, and Dropp, K. Military Campaigns: Veterans’ Endorsements and Presidential Elections. Center for New American Security, October 2012.

Feaver, PD, and Miller, C. "Provocations on policymakers, casualty aversion and post-heroic warfare." (April 1, 2014): 145-161. (Chapter) Full Text

Feaver, PD, Golby, J, and Dropp, K. "The Public Listens to Generals." Cleveland Plain Dealer (April 2013).

Feaver, PD, and Gelpi, C. "Hagel and the Veteran Effect: Service Tempers Views on the Use of Force." TheDailyBeast.com (February 2013).

Feaver, PD. "Shadow Government." (2013).

Feaver, PD, Golby, J, Urben, H, and Dropp, K. ""Brass Politics: How Retired Military Officers are Shaping Elections"." ForeignAffairs.com (November 2012).

Feaver, PD. "Why We Went Into Iraq." Weekly Standard (2008).

Feaver, PD. "Pentagon Funding? Bring it On." Foreign Policy Online (2008).

Feaver, PD. "MoveOn’s McCarthy Moment." Boston Globe (2007).

Pages

Bradley Fellowship Program 2017-2018 awarded by Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Inc. (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2018

TISS New Faces Conference - 2017 awarded by Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Inc. (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2018

Bradley Fellowship Program 2016-2017 awarded by Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Inc. (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2017

Bradley Fellowship Program awarded by Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Inc. (Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2017

TISS Junior & Interdisciplinary Faces of International Security Conference (2016)) awarded by Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Inc. (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2017

Bradley Fellowship Program awarded by Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Inc. (Principal Investigator). 2013 to 2016

TISS New Faces Conference awarded by Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Inc. (Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2016

The TISS New Faces Conference awarded by Earhart Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2015

Public Support for Military Operations and Assessing the Determinants of Success awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2004 to 2005