The Military Intervention Project
The Center for Strategic Studies Revamps Data on U.S. Military Intervention
Director of the Center for Strategic Studies (CSS) and Professor of International Politics Monica Duffy Toft, who began her career as a Russian linguist for the U.S. Army, has led research on topics including U.S. foreign policy and international security, ethnic and religious violence, and civil wars and demography.
With the CSS, Toft focuses her research on security, U.S. foreign policy, long-term unintended consequences of military intervention, and alternative policies and strategies to the use of force. Her research on globalization and security has been published in The Oxford Handbook of Global Studies and her research on freedom of religion has been published in The Review of Faith & International Affairs several times.
The CSS' first major research program, the Military Intervention Project (MIP), which is led by Toft and Research Fellow Dr. Sidita Kushi, is currently in its first phase. MIP seeks to improve upon existing intervention data sets and build a working definition of the phenomenon. The hope is that it will serve as a platform for dialogue on the nature and consequences of the use of force abroad, and to form bridges across academic and policy arenas in matters of foreign policy and security.