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This Means War. Or Does It?

Economic Interdependence and War book coverDale Copeland’s new book, Economic Interdependence and War has received the Best Book Award from the International Studies Association. Professor Copeland will receive his award at the 2017 ISA meeting on February 23. This is Copeland’s second book, and is spurring international relations experts to the use of words such as magisterialbold and original, and a landmark study. Grand statements for an important book.

"An extraordinary accomplishment. This magisterial work, by one of the leading scholars of international relations, brings together theory, history, and quantitative data to demonstrate the critical role economic relations play in the 'high politics' of war and peace. The evidence Copeland produces is fascinating and his argument is provocative and forceful."

Michael Mastanduno
Dartmouth College

The book examines the key cases from the last two hundred years of great power politics, including the Napoleonic Wars, the Crimean War, the Russo-Japanese War, the two World Wars in Europe, the Pacific War, and the Cold War and its crises.  It also supports its historical work with a rigorous examination of the quantitative literature that has tended to dominate the study of trade and war up until now. The book ends with an examination of the book's implications for current affairs, particularly U.S.-China relations.

Professor Copeland's book shows how changing expectations of future trade drive great power interactions and the likelihood of war from the 1790s to the end of the 20th century. Copeland views liberal & economic realist theories as insightful but incomplete. Great powers, in calculating their long-term security interests, consider both the gains in power accruing from trade as well as the increased vulnerability to cut-off that such interdependence entails. When they have positive expectations about the commercial environment, they will see the gains as outweighing the risks, and will thus tend toward peaceful policies. Consider China's relatively moderate behavior after 1985 as it became integrated into the global economy. When expectations of the future become negative, however, and great powers worry about their ability to access key raw materials and markets, they tend to see hard-line policies and even war as necessary means to their long-term survival. Japan's increasingly aggressive behavior in East Asia from 1930 to 1941 is a sobering reminder of this dynamic.

Professor at the University of Virginia, Dale Copeland is recipient of numerous awards, including MacArthur and Mellon Fellowships and a post-doctoral fellowship at the Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University.

Professor Copeland will present at this year's ISA conference on February 25, 2017 at 1:45 PM in the Hilton Baltimore. His paper is "America on the Brink: Systemic Theory and the Future of Great Power War and Peace."

Dale Copeland

Fulfilling the Fulbright: James Savage’s Teaching and Research Award

James Savage will be teaching and conducting research at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna for Spring 2017 semester. The Fulbright-Diplomatic Academy Visiting Professor of International Studies award, will allow professor Savage to teach courses on U.S. Foreign Policy and Failed States and State Building, while conducting research on Funding for Research and Development in Austria.

The Academy was founded in 1754 as the Oriental Academy to train diplomats for the Habsburg monarchy. It later became the Consular Academy and in 1964, the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. In 1996 an independent public training institution.

The Diplomatic Academy of Vienna describes itself as "a postgraduate professional school, dedicated to preparing talented university and college graduates for international careers and positions of leadership in international organizations, the EU, in public service and in international business." They focus on international relations, political science, international and EU law, economics, history and languages.

Savage's research includes comparative budgetary, fiscal, and macroeconomic policy with an emphasis on the United States, the European Union, Iraq and Japan. He is particularly interested in the development of macrobudgetary rules, procedures, and institutions in these countries, and how they influence fiscal outcomes.

In addition to his research, Savage’s service to the University includes serving as Executive Assistant to the President for Federal Relations, Assistant Vice President for Research and Federal Relations and Director, Masters of Administration and Mid-Career Programs.

Additional information on the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna.
Additional information of the Fulbright-Diplomatic Academy Visiting Professor of International Studies award.



James Savage

Info Session: New Interdisciplinary M.A. Program in European Studies

Is Europe in Your Future? Make it Happen!

Find out more! Come to an Information Session:

  •   Tuesday, Feb. 28th : 5-6 pm, New Cabell Hall 291
  •   Monday, April 10th: 5-6 pm, New Cabell Hall 349The University of Virginia’s new M.A. program in European Studies — with a 4+1 B.A./M.A. option — trains students to think across disciplines and cultures and apply a diverse array of methodologies to the study of Europe in a global framework.

    This program offers an intense, scholarly environment, includng one semester of study in Europe, that will challenge students and position them to be more successful in finding their place in the global workforce.

    Now accepting applications for fall 2017 enrollment. The deadline is May 1st.

 Attention 3rd year UVA students: To qualify for the 4+1 BA/MA program,

you should apply now during the spring semester of your 3rd year.

Visit our program website:

For more information contact:
Professor Janet Horne, Director of European Studies at

Graduate and Post Doctoral Funding Opportunities

Internal and External funding opportunities are exploding. Recent internal ooportunities include:

Dumas Malone Graduate Research Fellowship:
Deadline: Applications are due by 5:00 p.m., March 10, 2017

Albert Gallatin Graduate Research Fellowship:
Deadline: Applications are due by 5:00 p.m., March 10, 2017

The Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (AHSS) Summer Research Awards:
Deadline: The summer 2017 award cycle will open in late Winter 2017

For additional external opportunities click here.

And don’t forget the Quandt Fund and


Teach-In on Refugees, Migration, and Borders

Teach-InAs part of a nationwide teach-in on Refugees, Migration, and Borders, University of Virginia faculty from the Department of Politics, School of Law Department of History, Department of Religious Studies, and others will conduct a one-day program to familiarize students and our community in the state of the world’s borders, recent U.S. immigration policy changes, and international migration.

The event will be held in Ruffner Hall G008 (Curry School of Education building) on Wednesday, February 8th 1:00-3:30. The program will begin with a Panel Discussion from 1:00-2:00, followed by a Question and Answer period with professors from 2:00-3:00. Refreshments will be served.

David Leblang (Politics)
Jennifer Rubenstein (Politics)
Richard Schragger (Law School)
Rachel Potter (Politics)
Gabrielle Kruks-Wisner (Politics)
Lucila Figueroa (Politics)
Sandip Sukhtankar (Economics)
James Loeffler (History)
Sahar Akhtar (Philosophy)
Murad Idris (Politics)