A Military Drawdown in Germany? US Force Posture in Europe from Trump to Biden
with Luis Simón
The Washington Quarterly
From the introduction: "Ultimately, the Pentagon’s 2020 plan for US force posture in Europe embodies two trends that will arguably persist no matter who resides in the White House in the years to come. The first is that, since the Cold War ended, the United States has been steadily drawing down forces from Europe. This drawdown has been possible and worth doing because the military requirements for deterrence in Europe have softened and Washington’s international political goals have changed. The second is that US policy documents have consistently emphasized the need to shift from mass to agility—that is, by having leaner and more agile forces deployed abroad instead of mass concentrations of military power garrisoned overseas."
I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and in the Balsillie School of International Affairs at the University of Waterloo. I am also Ernest Bevin Associate Fellow of Euro-Atlantic Geopolitics at the newly created Council on Geostrategy. I was previously a Lecturer in the Department of International Politics at City, University of London, a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College, and a Stanton Nuclear Security Postdoctoral Fellow at MIT's Security Studies Program. I completed my doctorate in the Department of Politics at Princeton University in 2013.
My research addresses issues in alliance politics, nuclear strategy, and theories of war, and has appeared in International Security, Security Studies, International Affairs, and elsewhere. My books include Atomic Assurance: The Alliance Politics of Nuclear Proliferation (Cornell, 2018) and Military Alliances in the Twenty-first Century (Polity, 2022). I have done work on East Asia but Europe is my primary regional focus, with special emphasis on Central and Northeastern Europe. I have two places that I consider home: Windsor-Detroit and Krakow, Poland.
On this website, you will find information about my books, monographs, and published articles as well as information on my academic research, teaching, and commentary.
NEW BOOK CHAPTER
30 APRIL 2021
I contributed a book chapter entitled "To Engage or to Contain? Canada-Russia Relations in the Shifting International Order" to the new Palgrave Handbook of Canada in International Affairs. You may access it here.
28 APRIL 2021
My Journal of Strategic Studies essay with Luis Simón (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) and Hugo Meijer (Scienes Po) is now officially in print. We argue that U.S.-led alliance systems in Europe and East Asia are converging on form. Click here to read it.
23 MARCH 2021
I co-authored a piece for The Washington Quarterly with Luis Simón of Vrije Universiteit Brussel on the past, present, and future of U.S. force posture in Europe. First 50 copies free by accessing this link.