Dr. Lionel Beehner is an assistant professor at the Modern War Institute at West Point and teaches courses on military innovation and research methods. He holds a Ph.D. in political science at Yale University and is formerly a fellow at the Truman National Security Project, a member of USA Today’s Board of Contributors, and a Term Member with the Council on Foreign Relations, where from 2005 to 2007 he worked as a senior staff writer for its award-winning website, CFR.org. He holds an M.A. in international affairs from Columbia University. His research examines the transnational nature of conflict and combat, civil-military relations, and limited military interventions. His writing has appeared in Orbis, The Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The National Interest, and The New Republic, among other publications. He lives in Tarrytown, NY, with his wife, dog, and two children.
Posts by Lionel Beehner
- Trump’s Cabinet and Bringing Civil-Military Relations Back In, December 16, 2016.
- Deciphering Putin’s Aims in Syria, October 21, 2015.
- Does Conflict Correlate with Better Cuisine, January 20, 2015.
- The Case for Coalitions of the Unwilling, December 9, 2014.
- Is War Really on the Decline? And if so, Why?, July 24, 2014.
- Our (Near) Failing Report Card on Armed Conflict, June 18, 2014.
- Fleet Weak, May 5, 2014.
- Will Crimea Usher in a New Interventionist Order?, March 24, 2014.
- Is War Too Important to be Left to Social Scientists?, January 13, 2014.
- Is UN Offensive Intervention in Congo a New Model of Peacekeeping?, November 15, 2013.
- A Dispatch from a Syrian Refugee Camp, October 8, 2013.
- Why Egypt May Avoid Civil War, August 15, 2013.
- Syria: A Treasure Trove for Future Scholarship, July 8, 2013.
- UN’s New Intervention in DRC: Offensive or Inoffensive?, July 3, 2013.
- Why More Violence Means Less Support For US Intervention in Syria, June 10, 2013.
- Do Red Lines on WMD Use Matter?, May 1, 2013.
- Why Syria’s 60,000 Deaths Should Not Shock Us, January 14, 2013.
- Can Climate Anomalies Explain Conflict Patterns?, October 22, 2012.