Professor of History
Director, Minor in Political Science
Ph.D., University College Dublin
M.A., University College Dublin
B.A., University of Notre Dame
Areas of Interest
Associate Scholar, Middle East Forum, 2010-14
Academic Fellow, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, 2003-07
Honors and Awards: College of Mount Saint Vincent
Irish Foreign Policy, 1919-66: From Independence to Internationalism, ed. with Michael Kennedy. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2000.
Ideas Matter: Essays in Honour of Conor Cruise O’Brien, ed. with Richard English. Dublin: Poolbeg Press, 1998; Lanham: University Press of America, 2000.
Irish Diplomacy at the United Nations, 1945-65: National Interests and the International Order Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 1997.
“Muslim-West Relations: The Importance of Moderate Muslims.” World at War: Understanding Conflict and Society. ABC-CLIO. September, 2010.
“Political Islam from Muhammad to Ahmadinejad.” In Political Islam from Muhammad to Ahmadinejad: Defenders, Detractors, and Definitions, ed. by Joseph Morrison Skelly, 3-12. Santa Barbara: Praeger Security International, 2010.
“Celtic Tiger, American Eagle: Irish Lessons for a Regional Economy in the U.S.” In What Did We Do Right? Global Perspectives on Ireland’s ‘Miracle,’ ed. by Rory Miller and Michael O’Sullivan, 23-33. Dublin: Blackhall Publishers, 2010.
“In Mesopotamia a Safe Game Must Be Played.” Introduction to The First Iraq War, 1914 – 1918: Britain’s Mesopotamian Campaign, A.J. Barker, ix-xx. New York, Enigma Books, 2009. First published as The Bastard War: The Mesopotamian Campaign of 1914-1918 in 1968 by Dial Press.
“Kennedy, John F., Visit,” “Neutrality,” “United Nations.” In The Encyclopedia of Irish History and Culture, ed. by James S. Donnelly, i, 341, i, 462-64, ii, 733-35. 2 vols. New York: Thomson-Gale, 2004.
“National Interests and International Mediation: Ireland’s South Tyrol Initiative in the United Nations, 1960-61.” In Irish Foreign Policy, 1919-66: From Independence to Internationalism, ed. by Michael Kennedy and Joseph Morrison Skelly, 286-307. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2000.
Publications: Select Book Reviews
Philip Carl Salzman and Donna Robinson Divine, eds. Postcolonial Theory and the Arab-Israeli Conflict. New York: Routledge, 2008. Jewish Political Studies Review 21, nos. 3-4 (Fall 2009), 181-84.
Rashid Khalidi, Sowing Crisis: The Cold War and American Dominance in the Middle East. Boston: Beacon Press, 2009. Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs 3, no. 3 (2009), 109-11.
Wayne H. Bowen, Undoing Saddam: From Occupation to Sovereignty in Northern Iraq. Washington, DC: Potomac Books, 2007. Website of the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa: Book Review Section, www.asmeascholars.org (July 2009).
Ali A. Allawi, The Occupation of Iraq: Winning the War, Losing the Peace. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2007. Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs 3, no. 1 (2009), 123-7.
Sean Patrick Donlan, ed., Edmund Burke’s Irish Identities. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2007. The Recorder 20, no. 2 & 21, no. 1 (Spring & Fall 2008), 170-4.
Michael Smith, Killer Elite. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2007. International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence 21, no. 2 (Summer 2008), 418-27.
Andrew McCarthy, Willful Blindness: A Memoir of the Jihad. New York: Encounter Books, 2008. Website of the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa: Book Review Section, www.asmeascholars.org (April 2008).
Rory Miller, ed., Ireland and the Middle East: Trade, Society and Peace. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2007. Middle East Quarterly 15, no. 1 (Winter 2008), 88.
Philip Carl Salzman, Culture and Conflict in the Middle East. Amherst: Humanity Books, 2008. Website of the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa: Book Review Section, www.asmeascholars.org (March 2008).
Melanie Phillips, Londonistan. New York: Encounter Books, 2006. Website of the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa: Book Review Section, www.asmeascholars.org (January 2008).
Efraim Halevy, Man in the Shadows: Inside the Middle East Crisis with a Man Who Led the Mossad. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2006. International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence 20, no. 4 (Winter 2007), 742-50.
Publications: Select General Essays
“Riding Out the Storm: Israel, the United States, and Barack Obama’s Post-American Foreign Policy.” Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs 4, no. 2 (2010), 31-35.
United Press International
“Challenging the Irish American Consensus,” Historically Speaking: The Newsletter of the Historical Society, ii, no. 2 (January, 2001), 9-11.
“The Dark Side of Peace,” with Conor Cruise O’Brien, Washington Times, July 27, 2000.
Select Scholarly Presentations
“Resolving Legal Conflicts in Counterterrorism: Drone Strikes, Military Tribunals, Guantanamo Bay.” Center for International Studies, College of Mount Saint Vincent, March, 2011.
“Middle East and African Studies in the Academy: An Assessment.” New York State Chapter, National Association of Scholars, New York, NY, March, 2010.
“‘We Win, They Lose’: A Strategy for Victory in the War On Islamist Terrorism.” Global War on Terrorism Lecture Series, High Point University, High Point, NC, February, 2010.
“Fighting – and Writing – the War in Iraq.” Department of Writing, Linguistics, and the Creative Process, Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, CT, October, 2008.
“Globalization, Ethnic Conflict, and Counterinsurgency in Iraq.” Department of Political Science, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, March, 2008.
“Operation Iraqi Freedom: A National Strategic Imperative, An Operational Plan for Success.” Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, May, 2007.
“Defining – and Achieving – Victory in Operation Iraqi Freedom.” Yale University, April, 2006.
“Can Democracy Succeed in Iraq?” Washington Semester Program, American University, Washington, DC, April, 2006.
“Clear, Hold, Build: Counterterrorist Strategies and Civil Affairs Tactics in Operation Iraqi Freedom – An Eyewitness Analysis.” New York Military Affairs Symposium, New York, NY, February, 2006.
“Education in Iraq: Lessons Learned in Defense, Diplomacy and Development.” United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Conference, “Education in Conflict Environments,” Washington, DC, August, 2005.
“The Peace Process in Northern Ireland: The End of the Road?” Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA., March, 2004.
“State-Sponsorship of Terrorism: The Geopolitical Context of Flatow v. Iran.” American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, February, 2003.
“Understanding the Terrorist Mind, Defeating Terrorist Methods.” Department of Criminal Justice, University of New Haven, New Haven, CT, December, 2002
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