Barbara F. Walter

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Barbara F. Walter "is Professor of International Relations and Pacific Studies and Affiliated Faculty of Political Science. Prior to joining UC San Diego in 1996 she was a post-doctoral fellow at the Olin Institute for Strategic Studies at Harvard University, and a fellow at the War and Peace Institute at Columbia University.

"Professor Walter is an expert on international security, with an emphasis on internal wars, bargaining and cooperation, and terrorism/counter-terrorism. Her current research and teaching interests include how terrorism works and what we can do to stop it, the use of cheap talk in foreign policy, and culture, religion and ethnicity in politics. Her most recent book is Reputation and Civil War: Why Separatist Conflicts Are So Violent (Cambridge University Press, 2009). Walter is on the board of International Organization, Journal of Conflict Resolution, International Studies Quarterly, and International Interactions. She is also the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, including awards from the National Science Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and the Guggenheim and Smith Richardson Foundations." [1] CV


  • RAND, Workshop on “Stabilizing and Rebuilding Countries in Conflict,” September 2009.
  • CIA’s Office of Iraq Analysis, Speaker. “Iraq: Translating Security Gains into Stability,” May 2009.
  • UCDC (University of California in Washington D.C.) Policy Seminar. State Building in Afghanistan and Iraq. September 2007.
  • Office of the Vice President, Bogota Colombia, Post Civil War Transitions. October 2007 and October 2005.

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  1. Barbara F. Walter, UC San Diego, accessed May 2, 2010.