Stephen Van Evera

STEPHEN VAN EVERA is Ford International Professor in the MIT Political Science Department. He earned his B.A. in government from Harvard and his M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of California at Berkeley. Prof. Van Evera works in several areas of international relations: the causes and prevention of war, U.S. foreign policy, U.S. security policy, U.S. intervention in the Third World, international relations of the Middle East, and international relations theory. He has published books on the causes of war and on social science methodology, and articles on American foreign policy, American defense policy, nationalism and the causes of war, the origins of World War I, and U.S. strategy in the War on Terror. He currently serves as chair of the Tobin Project committee on national security.


Selected Articles re: War on Terror

Other Articles

  • "U.S. Social Science and International Relations,", February 9, 2015.
  • “European Militaries and the Origins of World War I,” in The Next Great War?: The Roots of World War I and the Risk of U.S.-China Conflict,  Richard N. Rosecrance and Steven E Miller, eds., (Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, 2015).
  • "A Farewell to Geopolitics," In Melvyn P. Leffler and Jeffrey W. Legro, eds., To Lead the World: American Strategy after the Bush Doctrine, (Oxford, 2008) pp. 11-35.
  • "Why States Believe Foolish Ideas: Non-Self-Evaluation By States And Societies," Andrew K. Hanami, ed., Perspectives on Structural Realism (NY Palgrave, 2003): 163-198. (pdf, 120k, pp. 46)
  • "Primordialism Lives!", APSA-CP: Newsletter of the Organized Section in Comperative Politics of the American Political Science Association, Vol. 12, No. 1 (Winter 2001): 20-22.

Selected Media Appearances