Associate Professor of Political Science
Amy Yuen joined the Political Science faculty as an assistant professor in the fall of 2007. She completed her dissertation at Emory University in August of 2007, where her advisors included Dani Reiter, Cliff Carrubba and Eric Reinhardt. Dr. Yuen's dissertation used game theoretic models to unravel the strategic behavior of third party interveners and belligerents in interstate conflict. Utilizing various statistical techniques and large-N datasets, she identified some of the relevant factors that make belligerents more or less likely to fight and interveners more or less likely to intervene. Her current research in international relations focuses on peacekeeping efforts to help resolve conflict. Why does peacekeeping fail? Rather than focusing on intervention capacity, Dr. Yuen considers the incentives facing belligerents and peacekeepers as an important factor in successfully settling conflict.
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FYSE 1382 - Wars Within: Civil Conflict
The Wars Within: Causes and Consequences of Modern Civil Conflict
Why does civil war break out? How does a state return to a ‘civil peace’? What role does the international community play, if any? In this seminar we will explore the cycle of civil war and civil peace through the lens of social science. We will consider the utility (or futility) of state-building efforts and debate the proper role of intervention by the international community following a frank assessment of the effects outsiders have had on civil wars. Prominent cases will include such conflicts as Somalia, Haiti, Kosovo, and the developing crisis in Syria.
INDE 0800 - Ind Scholar Thesis
Winter 2011, Spring 2011
IPEC 0500 - Independent Project ▲ ▹
Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015
IPEC 0700 - Intl.Pol.&Economics SR. Thesis ▲ ▹
Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015
PSCI 0109 - International Politics
What causes conflict or cooperation among states? What can states and other international entities do to preserve global peace? These are among the issues addressed by the study of international politics. This course examines the forces that shape relations among states, and between states and international regimes. Key concepts include: the international system, power and the balance of power, international institutions, foreign policy, diplomacy, deterrence, war, and global economic issues. Both the fall and spring sections of this course emphasize rigorous analysis and set theoretical concepts against historical and contemporary case studies. 3 hrs. lect./disc. (International Relations and Foreign Policy)/
Spring 2013, Fall 2013
PSCI 0242 - International Politics and WMD ▹
International Politics and WMD
In this course we will examine the international ramifications of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons use. What is a weapon of mass destruction (WMD)? How have WMD changed the way states behave toward international conflicts and within international crises? How has the development of these weapons influenced the policies states have adopted in response? Beyond these questions, major course themes include the threats of proliferation and the highs and lows of weapons reduction initiatives. This course includes a required field trip to the Middlebury in DC offices during spring break. 3 hrs. lect./disc. (International Relations and Foreign Policy)/
Spring 2011, Fall 2012, Spring 2014, Spring 2015
PSCI 0322 - War and Peace ▹
War and Peace
What causes conflicts between states and within countries? What factors facilitate or impede their resolution? In this course we will examine interstate and intrastate conflicts and the challenges faced in resolving them, from both practical and theoretical perspectives. Employing some of the most prominent theories on war, and more recent theories of bargaining, negotiation, and conflict, we will draw upon a range of case studies to illustrate and evaluate the theoretical dynamics of conflict and conflict resolution. (PSCI 0109 or PSCI 0201 or by waiver) 3 hrs. lect./disc. (International Relations and Foreign Policy)/
Spring 2013, Spring 2015
PSCI 0368 - Frontiers in Political Science ▹
Frontiers in Political Science Research
Nothing is more controversial among political scientists than the topic of how to study politics. In this course, we consider a variety of advanced techniques for studying political phenomena, including statistical methods, game theory, institutional analysis, case study techniques, experiments, and agent-based modeling. We will work with concrete examples (drawn from major political science journals) of how scholars have used these techniques, and consider the ongoing philosophical controversies associated with each approach. Students will have the opportunity to conduct original research using a method and subject of their choosing. (Two political science courses) 3 hrs. lect./disc. (Political Theory)/
Fall 2013, Spring 2015
PSCI 0437 - Understanding Intervention
In this seminar we will examine third-party intervention and its effects on conflict. Why do interveners get involved? In what ways do third parties try to manage or influence conflict? We will discuss various types of intervention, including economic sanctions, military assistance, and covert operations. We will then consider how interveners affect the outbreak, duration, and conclusion of conflict. Do interveners make conflict more or less likely to start? Do they shorten or lengthen fighting? How do they affect war outcomes? Case studies of intervention include Bosnia and Kosovo, World War I and World War II, and various Cold War conflicts. 3 hrs. sem. (International Relations and Foreign Policy)/SOC
Spring 2011, Spring 2014
PSCI 0500 - Independent Project ▲
A program of independent work designed to meet the individual needs of advanced students. (Approval required)
Winter 2011, Spring 2011, Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Winter 2015
PSCI 0700 - Honors Thesis ▲ ▹
Winter 2011, Spring 2011, Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015
PSCI 1019 - War Games
Why do wars happen? Social interactions often follow basic patterns whether the individuals in question are negotiating minor issues, like prices at a farmer’s market, or major issues, like the terms of settlement in war. We are familiar with many of these in the form of children’s games or games of strategy. In this course we will connect these games to broader non-cooperative interactions, particularly to wars between and within nations. While not a course on tactical behaviors, this course is an exploration of strategic behaviors (bargaining, bluffing, and learning) that lead nations into very costly conflicts. (International Relations)
PSCI 1026 - Advising the President
Advising the President
In this course we will examine several key presidential decisions in American history from the perspective of presidential advisers using a formal modeling approach. After a general introduction to the structure and process of presidential decision making, students will participate in role-playing simulations designed to recreate the circumstances in each historical case.
Forthcoming. "The Politics of Peacekeeping: UN Security Council Oversight Across UN Peacekeeping Missions." International Studies Quarterly. With Susan Hannah Allen.
2012. "The Distributive Politics of “Compassion in Action”: Federal Funding, Faith-Based Organizations, and Electoral Advantage.” Political Research Quarterly 65: 422-442. With Michael Leo Owens.
2009. "Target Concessions in the Shadow of Intervention." Journal of Conflict Resolution. 53(5):727-744.
2007. "In Defense of Comparative Statics Analysis: A Comment on Signorino's Treatment of Empirical Tests of Theoretical Models." Political Analysis. 15(4):465-482. With Cliff Carrubba and Christopher Zorn. And "Reply to Signorino." Political Analysis. 15(4):502-504. With Cliff Carrubba and Christopher Zorn.
2005. "Making and Keeping Peace." International Organization. 59(2):261-292. With Suzanne Werner.
2012. "The Durability of Peace." in Guide to the Scientific Study of International Processes.Paul Diehl, Sarah McLaughlin Mitchell and James Morrow, eds. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. With Caroline Hartzell.
2005. "Enforcing Peace: Suppressing Extremists Without Losing the Moderates." In New Directions for International Relations. Alex Mintz and Bruce Russett, eds. Lexington, MA: Lexington Books. With Suzanne Werner.