David M. Edelstein

David M. Edelstein
Associate Professor
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Associate Professor 

David M. Edelstein is Associate Professor in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and the Department of Government at Georgetown University. In addition, he is a core faculty member in Georgetown’s Security Studies Program and Center for Peace and Security Studies. He received his Ph.D. and M.A. in Political Science from the University of Chicago and his B.A. from Colgate University. His research and teaching focus on international security, international relations theory, and U.S. foreign policy. Prior to arriving at Georgetown, he was a pre-doctoral fellow at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation and a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. During the 2008-09 academic year, he was a visiting scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. His first book is entitled Occupational Hazards: Success and Failure in Military Occupation (Cornell University Press, 2008). In addition, his research has been published in International Security, Security Studies, and Survival. He is currently engaged in two major research projects. One is on the time horizons of political leaders in international politics, and the other examines exit strategies from military interventions.

  • Ph.D. (2001) University of Chicago, Political Science
  • M.A. (1996) University of Chicago, Political Science
  • B.A. (1994) Colgate University



David M. Edelstein. Occupational Hazards: Success and Failure in Military Occupation. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 2008.

Articles in Journals

David M. Edelstein and Ronald R. Krebs.Washington’s Troubling Obsession with Public Diplomacy.” Survival 47.1 (2005): 89-104.

David M. Edelstein.Occupational Hazards: Why Military Occupations Succeed or Fail.” International Security 29.1 (2004): 49-91.

David M. Edelstein.Managing Uncertainty: Beliefs about Intentions and the Rise of Great Powers.” Security Studies 12.1 (2002): 1-40.