Wilson Center Experts

Jonathan Caverley

History and Public Policy Program

Contact Information:
T 202/691-4066 // F 202/691-4001
Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding
Economics and Globalization
Security and Defense
Middle East and North Africa
North America
United States
Assistant Professor, Northwestern University
Wilson Center Project(s):
"American Power, Rent Collection, and the Future of World Order: The Case of the Global Arms Trade"
Sep 03, 2013
May 23, 2014

Jonathan Caverley is an assistant professor of political science at Northwestern University, where he co-chairs the Working Group on Security Studies at the Roberta Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies. Professor Caverley previously served as a submarine officer in the U.S. Navy and as an Assistant Professor of Naval Science at Northwestern University, where he taught undergraduate classes in Naval Engineering and in Leadership and Management. He has previously consulted for the RAND Corporation, where he helped develop scenarios for responding to a biological weapons attack in East Asia. His Ph.D. and M.P.P. are from the University of Chicago, and he received his A.B. in History and Literature from Harvard College. He is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Project Summary

Jonathan Caverley's research will focus on the global defense industry and the leading but potentially vulnerable position that the United States has within it. The project will place special emphasis on the effect that rising Asian weapons purchases has on the international arms market and the potential for increased conventional weapons proliferation.

Jonathan Caverley discusses the global arms race: 

Major Publications

  • “Arms Away: How Washington Squandered its Monopoly on Weapons Sales,” with Ethan Kapstein. Foreign Affairs 91, no. 5 (September/October 2012), pp. 125-132.
  • “The Myth of Military Myopia: Democracy, Small Wars, and Vietnam.” International Security 34, no. 3 (Winter 2010), pp. 119-157.
  • “United States Hegemony and the New Economics of Defense.” Security Studies 16, no. 4 (October–December 2007), pp. 597–613.

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