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James D. Fearon

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James Fearon is the Theodore and Frances Geballe Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences, a professor of political science, and a Senior Fellow in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, all at Stanford. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences (elected 2012), a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (elected 2002), and a program member of the Institutions, Organizations, and Growth Group at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. Fearon's research interests include civil and interstate war, ethnic conflict, the international spread of democracy, and the evaluation of foreign aid projects’ promoting improved governance.

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Instability In The Middle East

by James D. Fearonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, May 7, 2015

The failure of states in the region since the Arab Spring poses threats to U.S. security. 

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Moral Hazard and the Obama Doctrine

by James D. Fearonvia Analysis
Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The U.S. war against ISIL risks helping the enemy in the long run by lessening locals’ incentives to develop their own military and state capabilities, and that it also helps with the enemy’s recruitment and PR. The more the U.S. does militarily, the less our friends and allies in the region do.

Domestic Foundations of Foreign Policy vs. Foreign Policy Distractions from Domestic Foundations

by James D. Fearonvia Analysis
Tuesday, March 11, 2014

James Fearon agrees that domestic developments pose few near-term constraints on the president but, picking up from Cuéllar, takes issue with the framing of the question itself, arguing that those developments should not be viewed solely through a lens of foreign policy implications.