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Joseph Morrison Skelly
Joseph M. Skelly Professor of History
Chair, Department of History  
Director, Minor in Political Science

B.A., University of Notre Dame
M.A., University College Dublin
Ph.D., University College Dublin 
   
Contact Information
(718) 405-3306
joe.skelly@mountsaintvincent.edu
The Academy 308
Areas of Expertise
  • International Terrorism/Counterterrorism
  • The Middle East
  • Military Affairs
  • Ireland/Northern Ireland

Courses
  • HIST 201: Natural Rights, Civil Rights, Human Rights
  • HIST 363: The Contemporary Middle East
  • HIST 364: Islam and Politics: Theocracy to Democracy
  • HIST 367: The U.S. Role in Vietnam, 1940-1975
  • HIST 415: The English Civil War and the Glorious Revolution
  • HIST 420: Europe, 1700 – 1830: Age of Enlightenment and Revolutions
  • HIST 437: Europe: 1914 – 1945: World Wars and the Holocaust
  • HIST 438: Europe: Twentieth-Century Dictators
  • HIST 447: Irish Politics: North and South
  • HIST 466: International Terrorism
  • HIST 476: The United Nations and International Affairs
  • HIST 496: Senior Research Seminar
  • Integrated 321: Legacies of Leadership
  • Integrated 328: Global Dilemmas
  • Integrated 392: The Elections of 2012
  • Integrated 491: The Morality of Peace, War, Diplomacy and Development
Scholarly Appointments
Associate Scholar, Middle East Forum, 2010-13
Academic Fellow, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, 2003-07

Editorial Positions
Consulting Editor, Enigma Books, New York, NY
Consulting Editor, Academica Press, Bethesda, MD and Oxford, UK
History Editor, The Recorder: The Journal of the American Irish Historical Society

Professional Leadership
Treasurer, Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa
Board of Governors, The Historical Society
Board of Directors, New York Association of Scholars
Advisory Board, Berlin Center for the Study of Antisemitism

Honors and Awards: College of Mount Saint Vincent
Dennis J. Enright Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2010 & 2002
Faculty Research Sabbatical, 2008
Faculty Travel Grants, 2000-12

Military Service
United States Army Reserve, 405 CSH USARC

Publications: Books
Political Islam From Muhammad to Ahmadinejad: Defenders, Detractors, Definitions, ed. Santa Barbara: Praeger Security International, 2010.

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.

Publications: Select Scholarly Articles
“Afghanistan: Not Another Vietnam.” World at War: Understanding Conflict and Society. ABC-CLIO. January, 2012.

“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
Jonathan Spyer, The Transforming Fire: The Rise of the Israel-Islamist Conflict. New York: Continuum, 2011. Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs 6, no. 2 (2012), 151-54.

Philip Smucker, My Brother, My Enemy: America and the Battle of Ideas Across the Muslim World. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 2010. Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs 5, no. 2 (2011), 115-17.

Ofira Seliktar, The Politics of Intelligence and American Wars with Iraq. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008. Ofira Seliktar, Doomed to Failure? The Politics and Intelligence of the Oslo Peace Process. Santa Barbara: Praeger Security International, 2009. International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence 23, no. 3 (Fall 2010), 567-72.

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
“Foreword.” In Drawing a Line in the Sea: The Gaza Flotilla Incident and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, ed. by Thomas E. Copeland, ix-x. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2011. 

“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.

National Review Online
“The Speech and its Problems,” September 1, 2010
“Obama’s Bookshelf: A Symposium,” August 14, 2009
“Outrider of the Enlightenment: The Legacy of Conor Cruise O’Brien,” March 17, 2009
“Be Not Afraid: Christian Resistance and the Meaning of Christmas,” December 22, 2008
“Radical Secularism, Militant Islamism,” November 7, 2008
“Unearthing the Weather Underground,” October 17, 2008
“Sidestepping the Sandstorm? Reforming Middle Eastern Studies,” September 11, 2008
“A Conservative Summer: A Symposium,” July 3, 2008
“To Live with Honor,” May 23, 2008
“Number 12, Arran Quay: Edmund Burke and Ireland,” March 14, 2008
“Turning Point? A Symposium,” July 31, 2007
“Why We Fight,” July 4, 2007
“The Democratic Fallen,” May 18, 2007
“Can this Washington Be Saved? Can this War? A Symposium,” May 2, 2007
“National Interests and National Honor,” April 26, 2007
“Surge Scoring: A Symposium,” January 11, 2007
“Bastogne!” December 21, 2006
“The Reckoning of the Dead,” November 6, 2006
“Echoes of Ireland’s Struggle in Iraq,” Irish Independent, February 13, 2005

“Civil Affairs Soldiers: Force Multipliers in Operation Iraqi Freedom,” Victor Davis Hanson: Private Papers, www.victorhanson.com, December 17, 2004.

“Here We Stand, In Baquba,” Historically Speaking: The Newsletter of the Historical Society iv, no. 1 (September/October, 2004), 6.

“What Now for Ulster, Mr. Blair?” with Robert McCartney, Belfast Telegraph, September 20, 2001.

United Press International
“Is the ‘Road Map’ a U.S. Setback?” with Joel Fishman July, 2003 (co-author).
“The IRA: Next on the List,” August, 2002.
“An Intellectual Famine in Irish America,” April, 2001.

“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
“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.

“University Renaissance and Battlefield Victory: Higher Education and Military Operations in Diyala, Iraq, 2004-05.” Chapman University School of Law Conference, “Are We At War? Global Conflict and Insecurity, Post-9/11,” Orange County, California, 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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