Department of Political Science
2115 G St. NW, Monroe Hall 440
Washington, DC 20052

Phone: (202) 994-6290
Fax: (202) 994-1974

Amir Stepak

Amir Stepak

Office — Monroe 426

Office Hours — Tuesday, 2:00pm-4:00pm

E-mail —

Major — International Relations

Minor — Research Methods

Current Research

US Foreign Policy, Comparative Foreign Policy, Middle East, Military Intervention, Civil-Military Relations, Uncertainty and Risk in Decision-Making


B.A., University of Wisconsin - Madison

M.A., George Washington University


Much of my research concerns the cognitive aspects of foreign policy decision-making, and especially how leaders handle uncertainty and risk. In past projects, I have studied the effects of an individual's issue-area expertise on decision-making dynamics during international conflicts and have written on competing models of risk-taking in political science. Currently, I am working on my dissertation, which examines the relationship between severe domestic crises and foreign policy changes.

Dissertation —

Redefining Strategic Interests: From Domestic Crisis to Foreign Policy Change 
Committee: Charles Glaser, Michael Barnett, Jim Goldgeier, Elizabeth Saunders


2013. "Review of Melvyn P. Leffler and Jeffrey W. Legro (eds.). 2011. In Uncertain Times: American Foreign Policy after the Berlin Wall and 9/11 (Cornell University Press)." Journal of Politics 75 (2): e18-e19.

2012. "The Battle over America's Foreign Policy Doctrine." Survival 54 (2): 45-66 (with Rachel Whitlark).