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Daniel Byman

Editorial Board Member, Quarterly Journal: International Security

 

Experience

Professor in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University; Senior Fellow with the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution; and Editorial Board Member, Quarterly Journal: International Security.

 

 

By Date

 

2016

AP

Spring 2016

"Understanding the Islamic State—A Review Essay"

Journal Article, International Security, issue 4, volume 40

By Daniel Byman, Editorial Board Member, Quarterly Journal: International Security

Policymakers’ lack of understanding of the Islamic State has led to flawed assessments of the threat the group poses and how best to fight it. Daniel Byman reviews several recent books that offer new insights regarding the Islamic State and discusses the group’s ideology and strategy, as well as U.S. and allied counterterrorism efforts.

 

2010

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July 2010

"Keeping Kim: How North Korea's Regime Stays in Power"

Policy Brief

By Daniel Byman, Editorial Board Member, Quarterly Journal: International Security and Jennifer Lind

"In contrast to the media, which persist in portraying Kim Jong-il as a madman or an incompetent playboy, this analysis shows him to be a shrewd, if reprehensible, leader. His meticulous use of the authoritarian toolbox reveals him to be a skilled strategic player. Kim shows every sign of being rational—and thus deterrable."

 

 

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Summer 2010

"Pyongyang’s Survival Strategy: Tools of Authoritarian Control in North Korea"

Journal Article, International Security, issue 1, volume 35

By Daniel Byman, Editorial Board Member, Quarterly Journal: International Security and Jennifer Lind

Speculation about the future of the North Korean regime has been intense for nearly two decades, yet Kim Jong-il's hold on power appears more secure than many believe. Several theories of authoritarian control help to explain how Kim Jong-il and his family have remained in power and how this might change over time.

 

2006

Fall 2006

"Friends Like These: Counterinsurgency and the War on Terrorism"

Journal Article, International Security, issue 2, volume 31

By Daniel Byman, Editorial Board Member, Quarterly Journal: International Security

The sheer breadth of the war on terror has forced the United States to rely heavily on allies it has little control over choosing—allies that often do not have much in common with the United States and are confronting serious domestic problems. Washington should not engage in futile attempts to force such allies to reform. Instead, the United States should overcome the limitations of its allies by both gathering the crucial intelligence itself and varying its sources of intelligence.

 

2003

Summer 2003

"Constructing a Democratic Iraq: Challenges and Opportunities"

Journal Article, International Security, issue 1, volume 28

By Daniel Byman, Editorial Board Member, Quarterly Journal: International Security

Daniel Byman tackles the increasingly salient issue of establishing democracy in Iraq following the U.S. ouster of Saddam Hussein. Byman explores some of the daunting challenges ahead, among them: creating the conditions necessary for the transition from dictatorship to democracy, addressing the deep divisions among Iraq's various ethnic and religious communities, and preventing countries such as Iran and Turkey from meddling in Iraq's internal affairs.

 

2001

Fall 2001

"The First Image Revisited"

Journal Article, International Security, issue 2, volume 26

By Daniel Byman, Editorial Board Member, Quarterly Journal: International Security and Kenneth M. Pollack

In our correspondence section, Andrew Parasiliti counters the authors' proposition that international relations theorists and practitioners should consider more closely the influence of a leader's personality in shaping historical events, including the decision to declare war.

 

 

Spring 2001

"Let Us Now Praise Great Men: Bringing the Statesman Back In"

Journal Article, International Security, issue 4, volume 25

By Daniel Byman, Editorial Board Member, Quarterly Journal: International Security and Kenneth M. Pollack

The authors challenge scholars to reconsider the role of individuals in international relations.

 
Events Calendar

We host a busy schedule of events throughout the fall, winter and spring. Past guests include: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, former Vice President Al Gore, and former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev.