Michael C. Horowitz is an associate professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania. His new book, Why Leaders Fight, has just been published by Cambridge University Press. The book focuses on world leaders and how their beliefs, world views, and tolerance for risk and military conflict are shaped by their military, family, occupational, and other life experiences before they enter office. It is the first book to focus systematically on how the life experiences of world leaders shapes their propensity for conflict in office. Get it today!

Replication data for “Public opinion and the politics of the killer robots debate”

February 25 0 Comments

A few people have emailed me asking questions about the data analysis I conducted for my recent article, “Public opinion and the politics of the killer robots debate.” The article was published in Research & Politics, a great new academic journal devoted to “open access publication of the very best cutting-edge research and policy analysis.” Through a grant […]

Access the data from Why Leaders Fight

February 15 0 Comments

Many have contacted me to ask about how to access the data underlying my recent book co-authored with Al Stam and Cali Ellis, Why Leaders Fight. The data and replication information for the book is available now at my dataverse: https://dataverse.harvard.edu/dataverse/mchorowitz. This includes a new update to the LEAD dataset, completed after the book went […]

Defense austerity and US strategy in Asia

August 08 0 Comments

For those interested in current policy issues, I have just written a short piece for the National Bureau of Asian Research titled “How Defense Austerity Will Test U.S. Strategy in Asia.” The piece deals with the implications of defense sequestration for the implementation of Air-Sea Battle, research and development on the next generation of weapons […]