Jon DiCicco

Associate Professor of Political Science & International Relations at Middle Tennessee State University

Greetings! I'm Jonathan DiCicco (Ph.D., Rutgers University, 2006), a professional international relations scholar and educator. As of August 2018, I’m an associate professor of Political Science and International Relations at Middle Tennessee State University.

This website serves as my home base on the Internet and is designed to be a gateway for me and my students as we seek to understand international relations, war and peace, and American foreign affairs.

Reach me on email: Jon.DiCicco [at] mtsu [dot] edu

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Projects and Publications

My scholarly work contributes to our collective understanding of war and peace and leadership dynamics in the international system. Especially interesting to me are international rivalries, military intervention, the consequences of war, and the role of leaders in peacemaking. My interest in the U.S. as a leading power in the global system has motivated projects on US foreign and defense policy as well, some of which involved student researchers.

For a more complete list, please see my CV.  

Generations, Formative Events, & International Rivalries 

Published in International Studies Quarterly: "The Things They Carried: Generational Effects of the Vietnam War on Elite Opinion," with Benjamin O. Fordham (Binghamton University-SUNY). For a distillation of one key point of that article, see our Monkey Cage blog post on the Washington Post's website, too!

An earlier version was presented at the International Studies Association (ISA) meeting in 2016.  Also, presented at ISA 2014: "Do Not Leave Baggage Unattended: Formative Events, Leaders’ Generational Identities, and Peacemaking between Rivals"

Cold War Rivalry Dynamics & Foreign Policy Decision-making

Rivalries and American National Security

In The Oxford Handbook of U.S. National Security: "International Rivalries and National Security" with Brandon Valeriano (Marine Corps University). 

Power Shifts, System Leadership, Rivalry & War

In The Oxford Encyclopedia of Empirical International Relations Theory: "Power Transition Theory and the Essence of Revisionism."  Essay discusses power transition theory (PTT) and Graham Allison’s Thucydides Trap Project (TTP) in tandem, with two complementary aims in mind: to highlight theoretical and empirical contributions of the PTT research program, and to provide critical perspective on the TTP.

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