Russell Leng

James Jermain Professor Emeritus of Political Economy and International Law

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Russell Leng taught full-time at Middlebury for 40 years, before retiring in 2007. He continues to teach an advanced seminar each spring term at Middlebury, and during the January term at the Monterey Institute of International Studies.Professor Leng completed his Ph.D. at American University, and his B.A. at Middlebury. He did post-graduate work at the University of Michigan, where he became involved in career-long research associated with the Correlates of War project.

Leng’s research on the Behavioral Correlates of War includes two books, Bargaining and Learning in Recurring Crises: The Soviet-American, Egyptian-Israeli, and Indo-Pakistani Rivalries, U. of Michigan Press, 2000, and Interstate Crisis Behavior, 1816-1980: Realism vs. Reciprocity, Cambridge University Press, 1993 as well as many articles in professional journals. He continues to do research on international conflict behavior, with a current focus on the use of negotiation in militarized disputes.




Course List: 

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PSCI 0500 - Independent Project      

Independent Projects
A program of independent work designed to meet the individual needs of advanced students. (Approval required)

Winter 2016

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PSCI 0700 - Honors Thesis      

Honors Thesis
(Approval required)

Winter 2016

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PSCI 1043 - America, Vietnam, Sixties      

America, Vietnam, and the Sixties: Diplomacy, War, and Social Upheaval
In this course we will study American diplomacy, the Vietnam War, and social changes that occurred in the U.S. between 1954 and 1975. The diplomacy section will focus on US-USSR and US-China relations, as well US-North Vietnamese negotiations. We will examine the conduct of the war from both a strategic perspective and the experiences of fighting men. The section on social change will examine the civil rights, anti-war, and women's liberation movements. We will employ a variety of tools to examine these topics, including works by historians and social scientists, memoirs, fiction, poetry, documentary and feature films, and music. (International Relations and Foreign Policy)/ NOR SOC WTR

Winter 2016

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PSCI 1155 - Diplomacy: WWII and Vietnam      

Adversaries and Allies: Diplomacy in World War II and the Vietnam War
We will examine the diplomacy before and during America's two most traumatic 20th Century wars. We will begin with the diplomatic origins of World War II in Europe, followed by the failed diplomacy between the United States and Japan. Then we will consider negotiations among the Western allied leaders: Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin. The final half of the course will cover America's engagement in and escalation of the Vietnam War, and then move to Kissinger's secret negotiations with North Vietnam, as well as the troubled relationship between the U.S. and South Vietnam. HIS WTR

Winter 2017, Winter 2018, Winter 2019

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Recent Publications

Bargaining and Learning in Recurring Crises: The Soviet-American, Egyptian-Israeli, and Indo-Pakistani Rivalries, Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press 2000.

"Cumulation in Q.I.P.: 25 Years After Ojai," Conflict Management and Peace Science, 17 (Fall, 1999): 133-147

"Reducing Intergang Violence: Norms from the Interstate System," Peace and Change, 24 (October, 1999): 476-504l

Research Interests

International Politics
Interstate Crisis Behavior
Causes of War

Program in International Politics & Economics

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