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!

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 […]

The modern system and military effectiveness

June 11 0 Comments

I am happy to announce the publication of a new article with Ryan Grauer, who is a former Penn PhD student and now an Assistant Professor of International Affairs in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. The article is titled “What Determines Military Victory: Testing the Modern System.” […]

Time for updates

February 03 0 Comments

I realize that this page has not been updated all that often, though I have kept the data page reasonably updated. Over the next week, I will be posting a series of short pieces and links to my research, and updating my “Research” page. I will then continue to keep the page updated after that.