August 16, 2022

Davidson Comments on Biden’s Afghanistan Exit Plans on ABC

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Jason Davidson

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Jason Davidson

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Jason Davidson provided insight to an ABC story on the Biden administration’s announcement that troops will be withdrawn from Afghanistan by September 11.

“I think the Biden administration is trying to balance the president’s desire to get out and cut U.S. losses, but also the fact that the Taliban has not really complied with their side of the deal so far and they are unlikely to fully comply with a deal, period,” said Jason Davidson, a political scientist at the University of Mary Washington. Read more.

 

Davidson Pens FLS Editorial on Madeleine Albright for ‘Great Lives’ Lecture

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Jason Davidson

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Jason Davidson

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Jason Davidson penned an editorial in The Free Lance-Star in advance of his “Great Lives” lecture on former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on Tuesday, March 2. The lecture can be viewed here.

THE NOTION that the United States can and should be a force for good in the world has been under siege from both sides of the political spectrum in recent years.

Many on the left have argued that the U.S. does more harm than good when it acts abroad and, as such, should focus exclusively on the problems it faces at home. On the right, a growing number of voices have argued that the U.S. should let others solve their problems (and suffer the consequences if they are unable to do so).

Madeleine Albright, the first female secretary of state, firmly believed that the U.S. could be a force for good in the world and, in so doing, would best serve its own interests. Read more.

GREAT LIVES: Albright believed U.S. was a force for good in the world (The Free Lance-Star)

Davidson Discusses America’s Alliances in New Book, Newsweek

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Jason Davidson

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Jason Davidson

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Jason Davidson’s new book, America’s Entangling Alliances, was recently published by Georgetown University Press. Description: In America’s Entangling Alliances, Professor Davidson challenges long-held assumptions about the costs and benefits of American alliances. He shows that, contrary to conventional wisdom, the United States has not been averse to forming alliances for most of its history. In fact, U.S. presidents and Congress have viewed it as in the country’s best interest to enter into a variety of security arrangements from the beginning.

Davidson also discussed the United States’ geopolitical battle with China, as well as its partners in the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue – Australia, Japan and India – with Newsweek. Read more.

US, China’s Geopolitical Battle for Asia Shapes New Power Dynamic for Region (Newsweek)

Davidson Presents Lecture, Paper at Boston University

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Jason Davidson

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Jason Davidson recently delivered a public lecture titled “Allies’ Contributions to America’s Wars: Free Rides or Shared Burdens?” at the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University on March 5. Following his presentation, Dr. Davidson also spoke with New York Times reporters compiling a special section on the “Costs of War Since 9/11.”

The next day, he presented a paper titled “America’s Allies and the Cost of War since 9/11” to a small, invited author workshop on “20 Years of War,” also at the Pardee Center. The paper benefited from undergraduate research performed by senior International Affairs major Rachel McVicker.

Dahlgren Campus National Security Lecture Series

University of Mary Washington’s Dahlgren Campus will host a series of National Security Lectures this spring:

9 April 2020
“China’s Economic Statecraft for Maritime Technology Acquisition”

Presented by Dr. April A. Herlevi, Research Scientist, China & Indo-Pacific Security Affairs Division, CNA

30 April 2020
“Middle East 101: A Guide for Deployers”

Presented by CDR Aboul-Enein, who is currently an Subject Matter Expert and Senior Counterterrorism Advisor at the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Defense Combating Terrorism Center

Pardee Center Hosts “Costs of War” Seminar on Contributions of U.S. Allies (bu.edu)

Davidson to Give Seminar at Brown University

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Jason Davidson

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Jason Davidson will give a seminar at Brown University on Thursday, March 5 entitled “Allies’ Contributions to America’s Wars: Free Rides or Shared Burdens?” Part of a series of seminars offered by Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, Davidson will provide a detailed look at the contribution major U.S. allies have made to U.S.-led military operations in the post-Cold War era, and the significant costs they have incurred. He will also discuss varying motives that lead allies to contribute, noting that allies sometimes contribute primarily because the U.S. has asked them to. Other motives include the allies’ national interest, prestige, or social norms. Finally, Prof. Davidson will discuss explanations for why allies vary in the level of contribution they make to a particular conflict. Read more.

Upcoming Events: Three Seminars in the “20 Years of War” Research Series (bu.edu)