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 Triangle Institute for Security Studies and 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., et al. Getting the Best Out of College (revised 2nd edition). Ten Speed Press, 2012.

Feaver, P. D., et al. Paying the Human Costs of War. Princeton, 2009.

Feaver, P. D., et al. Getting the Best Out of College. Ten Speed Press, 2008.

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

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

Feaver, P. D. Guarding the Guardians. Cornell Press, 1992.

Feaver, Peter, and Stephen D. Biddle, editors. Battlefield Nuclear Weapons: Issues and Options. University Press of America, 1989.

Pages

Cohn, L., et al. “Civil-military relations.” The Oxford Handbook of International Security, 2018, pp. 711–25. Scopus, doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198777854.013.48. Full Text

Feaver, P., and W. Inboden. “Looking forward through the past: The role of history in bush white house national security policymaking.” The Power of the Past: History and Statecraft, 2016, pp. 253–80.

Feaver, P. D. “Eight Myths about American Grand Strategy.” Forging American Grand Strategy: Securing a Path Through A Complex Future, Strategic Studies Institute, Army War College, 2013.

Feaver, P. D., and Kenneth Geers. “When the Urgency of Time and Circumstances Clearly Does not Permit: Predelegation in Nuclear and Cyber Scenarios.” Cyber Analogies, edited by John Arquilla and Emily Goldman, 2013.

Feaver, P. D., and Charles Miller. “Provocations on Policymakers, Casualty Aversion, and Post-Heroic Warfare.” Heroism and the Changing Character of War: Toward Post-Heroic Warfare?, edited by Sibylle Scheipers, Palgrave, 2013.

Feaver, P. D. “"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, P. D., and Stephen Biddle. “"Assessing Strategic Choices in the War on Terror".” How 9/11 Changed Our Ways of War, Sanford University Press, 2013.

Feaver, P. D. ““Nuclear Command and Control in Crisis: Old Lessons from New History.”.” Nuclear Weapons Security Crises: What Does History Teach?, edited by Henry Sokolski and Bruno Tertrais, Strategic Studies Institute, Army War College, 2013.

Feaver, P. D. “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, 2012.

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

Pages

Feaver, P. D., et al. “Correspondence: The establishment and U.S. grand strategy.” International Security, vol. 43, no. 4, Apr. 2019, pp. 197–204. Scopus, doi:10.1162/ISEC_c_00347. Full Text

Feaver, P. “Too many leaks.” Foreign Affairs, vol. 97, no. 6, Nov. 2018, pp. 199–202.

Brands, H., and P. Feaver. “The case for Bush revisionism: Reevaluating the legacy of America’s 43rd president.” Journal of Strategic Studies, vol. 41, no. 1–2, Feb. 2018, pp. 234–74. Scopus, doi:10.1080/01402390.2017.1348944. Full Text

Golby, J., et al. “Elite Military Cues and Public Opinion About the Use of Military Force.” Armed Forces and Society, vol. 44, no. 1, Jan. 2018, pp. 44–71. Scopus, doi:10.1177/0095327X16687067. Full Text

Brands, H., and P. Feaver. “The Case for Reassessing America's 43rdPresident.” Orbis, vol. 62, no. 1, Jan. 2018, pp. 76–90. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.orbis.2017.11.006. Full Text

Brands, H., and P. Feaver. “Was the Rise of ISIS Inevitable?.” Survival, vol. 59, no. 3, May 2017, pp. 7–54. Scopus, doi:10.1080/00396338.2017.1325595. Full Text

Brands, H., and P. Feaver. “Trump and terrorism: U.S. strategy after ISIS.” Foreign Affairs, vol. 96, no. 2, Mar. 2017, pp. 28–36.

Feaver, P. “Civil–Military Relations and Policy: A Sampling of a New Wave of Scholarship.” Journal of Strategic Studies, vol. 40, no. 1–2, Jan. 2017, pp. 325–42. Scopus, doi:10.1080/01402390.2016.1254938. Full Text

Feaver, P. D. “Resign in Protest? A Cure Worse Than Most Diseases.” Armed Forces and Society, vol. 43, no. 1, Jan. 2017, pp. 29–40. Scopus, doi:10.1177/0095327X16657321. Full Text

Brands, H., and P. Feaver. “Stress-testing American grand strategy.” Survival, vol. 58, no. 6, Nov. 2016, pp. 93–120. Scopus, doi:10.1080/00396338.2016.1257199. Full Text

Pages

Feaver, P. D., et al. Military Campaigns: Veterans’ Endorsements and Presidential Elections. Center for New American Security, Oct. 2012.

Feaver, P. D., and C. Miller. Provocations on policymakers, casualty aversion and post-heroic warfare. 1 Apr. 2014, pp. 145–61. Scopus, doi:10.1057/9781137362537. Full Text

Feaver, P. D., et al. Listening to the Generals: How Military Advice Affects Public Support for the Use of Force. Center for New American Security, Apr. 2013.

Feaver, P. D., et al. “The Public Listens to Generals.” Cleveland Plain Dealer, Apr. 2013.

Feaver, P. D., and Christopher Gelpi. “Hagel and the Veteran Effect: Service Tempers Views on the Use of Force.” Thedailybeast.Com, Feb. 2013.

Feaver, P. D. Shadow Government. 2013.

Feaver, P. D., et al. “"Brass Politics: How Retired Military Officers are Shaping Elections".” Foreignaffairs.Com, Nov. 2012.

Feaver, P. D. “Pentagon Funding? Bring it On.” Foreign Policy Online, 2008.

Feaver, P. D. “Why We Went Into Iraq.” Weekly Standard, 2008.

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

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

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Selected Grants

TISS New Faces 2018-2020 awarded by (Principal Investigator). 2018 to 2020

Bradley Fellowship Program 2018-2019 awarded by (Principal Investigator). 2018 to 2019

Bradley Fellowship Program 2017-2018 awarded by (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2019

TISS New Faces Conference - 2017 awarded by (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2018

Bradley Fellowship Program 2016-2017 awarded by (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2017

Bradley Fellowship Program awarded by (Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2017

Bradley Fellowship Program awarded by (Principal Investigator). 2013 to 2016

TISS New Faces Conference awarded by (Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2016

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

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