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Matt Scroggs


Democracies Under Fire: How Democratic Targets and Allies Respond to Coercive Threats Research Interests


Todd Sechser (Chair), John Owen, Dale Copeland, Phillip Potter, and Allan Stam (Batten School of Public Policy)

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Christopher Newport University

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My research focuses on coercive diplomacy, with my dissertation examining how the regime-type of coercive targets and their allies influences the decision to concede or stand firm. In related work, I also study the onset of coercive threats in a variety of contexts, including the efficacy of nuclear weapons and the application of democratic peace logic with threats of militarized force and economic sanctions.

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