Student Publications & Presentations

Students and alumni of The Fletcher School’s PhD program publish widely, from articles in journals or mainstream media to books. The following list includes a sample of their published work and conference presentations in recent years.

2021 Publications

2021 Presentations

  • Sobchak, Frank, "Afghanistan: Is This the End or Just the New Beginning of a War?” The Global Masters of Arts Program, The Fletcher School, October 2021.
  • Sobchak, Frank, “Inflection Points in the Iraq War,” The Society for Military History, May 2021.
  • Sobchak, Frank, “Choosing the Harder Right: Facing Authority on Publication of the Iraq War Study,” The U.S. Army The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School, February 2021.
  • Beliakova, Polina, “Erosion of Civilian Control in Democracies: A Comprehensive Framework for Comparative Analysis,” Northeastern University, Boston, MA.
  • Beliakova, Polina, "Qualitative Analysis in Social Science: Process Tracing," Northeastern University, Boston, MA.
  • Beliakova, Polina, "Leading or Following: The Role of the Military in Democratic Backsliding," International Studies Association Annual Convention 2021.
  • Beliakova, Polina, "Erosion by Deference: Civilian Control and the Military in Policymaking," International Studies Association Annual Convention 2021.
  • Spears, Kinsey, Alex McAuliff, Dipali Anumol, “Research from my Parents' Basement: Junior Scholars on COVID-19's Implications for Feminist Methods.” International Feminist Journal of Politics (IFJP). February 18th, 2021.
  • Feher, Zoltan, “From the Tiananmen Square Massacre to Most Favored Nation Status: The China Strategy of the George H. W. Bush Administration,” American Political Science Association (APSA) Annual Meeting, Seattle, October 2, 2021.
  • Feher, Zoltan, “From the ‘Butchers of Beijing’ Slogan to Strategic Partnership: The China Strategy of the Clinton Administration,” American Political Science Association (APSA) Annual Meeting, Seattle, September 30, 2021.
  • Feher, Zoltan, “Restoring the Soul of America: Can Biden Realize the American Dream?” presentation at the National University of Public Service (Hungary), Budapest, April 21, 2021.
  • Feher, Zoltan, “From Tiananmen to MFN Status: The China Strategy of the George H. W. Bush Administration,” International Studies Association Convention 2021, April 8, 2021.
  • Feher, Zoltan, “The Sources of American Conduct: U.S. Grand Strategy and the Rise of China,” International Studies Association Convention 2021, April 7, 2021.
  • Feher, Zoltan, “U.S. Grand Strategy and World Order in Light of COVID-19” – roundtable with Joseph Nye, Monica Toft, Kori Schake, Peter Dombrowski, Emma Ashford, Kevin Narizny, Nina Silove, and Thomas Cavanna, International Studies Association (ISA) Convention 2021, April 7, 2021.
  • Anumol, Dipali, "LGBTQIA+ Lives and Rights in India," Department of English, Stella Maris College, Chennai, India. March, 2021. 

2020 Publications

2020 Presentations

  • Beliakova, Polina, “Enemy-centric vs. Population-centric Strategies of Counterinsurgency: Learning from 'War and Peace',” Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
  • Belilakova, Polina, “Civil-Military Relations in Russia During the First Chechen War,” Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
  • Feher, Zoltan“From Tiananmen to the WTO: Why Did the U.S. Help China’s Rise in the Early Post-Cold War Period?” EPIIC Colloquium 2020-2021: "China and the World," October 2020
  • Feher, Zoltan“From Tiananmen to the World Trade Organization: Why Did the United States Help China’s Rise in the Early Post-Cold War Period?” Cato Institute’s Junior Scholar Symposium, October 2020
  • Feher, Zoltan, “The Sources of American Conduct: U.S. Grand Strategy and the Rise of China – From Nixon to Trump,” University of Hong Kong, April 2020.

2019 Publications

2019 Presentations

  • Spears, Kinsey, “Climate and Gender.” Lecture. Climate Puzzles for Diplomats Series. The Fletcher School, Medford, MA.  October 29, 2019.

2018 Publications

2018 Presentations

  • Herbert, Matt, “The Erosion of Trust: Corruption and State Complicity with Organized Crime,” Old Paths, New Riders: Transnational Organized Crime in the Maghreb-Sahel Belt, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Tunis, December 2018.
  • Herbert, Matt, Kartas, Moncef, McKay, Leanne, “Fech Nestannew: What Are We Waiting For? Elections, inequality and injustice in Tunisia,” Knowledge Platform: Security and the Rule of Law Annual Conference, Den Hague, September 2018.
  • Herbert, Matt, “The Cross-Border Connection: Informal Trade and Social Stability on the Algerian-Tunisian Frontier,” 4th MENA Trade Workshop, Tunis Business School, Tunis, March 2018.
  • Feher, Zoltan, “Strategy and Political Risk: Public Affairs in the Age of Distrust” (panelist), Trust Summit 2018, Brussels, March 2018
  • Feher, Zoltan,“Challenging the Liberal Order: The Rise of Alternative Forms of Governance” (panelist), Tufts University EPIIC International Symposium 2018, “Is the Liberal World Order Ending?,” March 2018.

2017 Publications

2017 Presentations

  • Herbert, Matt, “In Search of a Future: Irregular Migration from the Maghreb,” Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime, Geneva, December 2017.
  • Feher, Zoltan, “Post-Cold War U.S. Grand Strategy," Tufts University EPIIC International Symposium 2017, “The World of Tomorrow: Order and Chaos,” Tufts University, February 2017.

2016 Publications

2016 Presentations

  • Herbert, Matt, “At the Edge: Migration and the Maghreb,” Dynamic Markets: Human Smuggling from Africa to Europe, Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime, Geneva, December 2016.
  • Herbert, Matt, “Participatory Border Management in the Maghreb and Sahel,” Building Community Resilience against Organized Crime: Prevention, People and Places, German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Berlin, December 2016.
  • Feher, Zoltan, “Grand Strategy and Eurasia’s Geopolitical Volatility," Tufts University EPIIC Colloquium 2016-2017, "Order & Chaos: Diplomacy & Force in a Changing World," Tufts University, November 2016.
  • Feher, Zoltan, “The State of Democracy in the World," Academic Conference, Bard College, “Democracy at a Crossroads," October 2016.