Peter D. Feaver

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 Duke Program in American Grand Strategy. 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 Press, 2009); with Susan Wasiolek and Anne Crossman, of Getting the Best Out of College (Ten Speed Press, 2008, 2nd edition 2012); and with Christopher Gelpi, of Choosing Your Battles: American Civil-Military Relations and the Use of Force (Princeton 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 grand strategy, American foreign policy, public opinion, nuclear proliferation, civil-military relations, and cybersecurity.
From June 2005 to July 2007, Feaver served as 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. 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.  He is an emeritus member of the Aspen Strategy Group, blogs at “Elephants in the Room” at ForeignPolicy.com, and is a Contributing Editor to Foreign Policy magazine.  

Education

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

Feaver, P. D., and Lindsay Cohn. “Civil-Military Relations: Challenges and Opportunities.” Over the Horizon: U.S. Defense Issues for the 21st Century, edited by Stephen Cimbala, London: Brasseys, 2003.

Feaver, Peter D., and Richard H. Kohn. “Introduction: The Gap Between the Military and Civilian in the United States in Perspective.” Soldiers and Civilians: The Gap Between the Military and American Society and What It Means for National Security, edited by Peter D. Feaver and Richard H. Kohn, Cambridge: MIT Press, 2001.

Feaver, P. D., and Paul Gronke. “Uncertain Confidence: Civilian and Military Attitudes About Civil-Military Relations.” Soldiers and Civilians: The Gap Between the Military and American Society and What It Means for National Security, edited by Peter D. Feaver and Richard H. Kohn, Cambridge, 2001.

Feaver, P. D., and Richard H. Kohn. “Conclusion: The Gap and What it Means for American National Security.” Soldiers and Civilians: The Gap Between the Military and American Society and What It Means for National Security, edited by Peter D. Feaver and Richard H. Kohn, Cambridge: MIT Press, 2001.

Feaver, P. D. “The Public’s Expectations of National Security.” To Insure Domestic Tranquility, Provide for the Common Defense, edited by Max G. Manwaring, 2000.

Feaver, P. D. “La Guerre de L’Information et le Controle Politique de la Coercition.” Les Problemes Militaires En Europe, edited by Christopher Dandeker and Bernard Boene, Paris: La Decouverte, 1998.

Feaver, P. D. “El Control Civil en Pequeñas democracias: La Contribució de las Ciencias Politicas.” Relaciones Civico-Militares Comparadas: Entendiendo Los Mecanismos de Control Civil En Pequeñas Democracias (América Latina), edited by Kevin Casas, San José, Fundación Arias para la Paz y el Progreso Hmano, 1997.

Feaver, P. D. “Civil-Military Conflict and the Use of Force.” U.S. Civil-Military Relations: In Crisis or Transition?, edited by Donald Snider and Miranda A. Carlton-Carew, Center for Strategic and International Studies, 1995.

Feaver, P. D. “The Use and Control of Military Power.” Teaching About International Conflict and Peace, SUNY Press, 1994.

Feaver, P. D., and Kurt M. Campbell. “Rethinking Key West: Service Roles and Missions after the Cold War.” The American Defense Annual, 1993.

Pages

Feaver, P. D. “The right to be right: Civil-military relations and the Iraq surge decision.” International Security, vol. 35, no. 4, Mar. 2011, pp. 87–125. Scopus, doi:10.1162/ISEC_a_00033. Full Text

Feaver, P. D. “Samuel P. Huntington.” Armed Forces and Society, vol. 35, no. 4, July 2009, pp. 625–27. Scopus, doi:10.1177/0095327X09336892. Full Text

Feaver, P. D. “In Memoriam: Samuel P. Huntington.” Armed Forces and Society, vol. 35, no. 4, July 2009.

Feaver, P. D., and A. F. Hehmeyer. “The end of evil?Foreign Policy, no. 172, May 2009, p. 12.

Feaver, P. D. “Competition and Compromise.” Duke Alumni Magazine, May 2009.

Feaver, P. D. “Debating American Grand Strategy After Major War.” Orbis, vol. 53, no. 4, Jan. 2009, pp. 547–52. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.orbis.2009.07.009. Full Text

Feaver, Peter D. “Beyond the surge.” Commentary, vol. 126, no. 1, AMER JEWISH COMMITTEE, July 2008, pp. 4–4.

Feaver, Peter D. “Anatomy of the surge.” Commentary, vol. 125, no. 4, AMER JEWISH COMMITTEE, Apr. 2008, pp. 24–28.

Feaver, P. D. “Rethinking Iraq: Anatomy of the surge.” Commentary, vol. 125, no. 4, Apr. 2008, pp. 24–28.

Gelpi, C., et al. “Iraq the vote: Retrospective and prospective foreign policy judgments on candidate choice and casualty tolerance.” Political Behavior, vol. 29, no. 2, June 2007, pp. 151–74. Scopus, doi:10.1007/s11109-007-9029-6. Full Text

Pages

Feaver, P. D. Interagency Perspective – Lessons. Edited by Ronald Luman, The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, 2008.

Feaver, P. D. “MoveOn’s McCarthy Moment.” Boston Globe, 2007.

Feaver, P. D., and Kristen Thompson Sharp. Democratic Governance and Nuclear Policy in the United States. Edited by Hans Born, 2004.

Feaver, P. D. “Whose Military Vote?Washington Post, 2004.

Feaver, P. D., et al. “Iraq Messages Need Honing.” Newsday, 2004.

Feaver, P. D. “Go Negative On the Allies.” New York Times, 2004.

Feaver, P. D., et al. “Let UN Impose New Accountability.” Newsday, 2004.

Feaver, P. D. “The Clinton Mind-set.” Washington Post, 2004.

Feaver, P. D. “The Fog of WMD.” Washington Post, 2004.

Feaver, P. D., et al. American Civil-Military Relations and the Use of Force. Edited by Peter Karston, Sage, 2004.

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