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People Professor Ivan Arreguín-Toft

Oxford Martin Fellow


Assistant Professor of International Relations, Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University

Ivan Arreguin-Toft is Assistant Professor of International Relations at Boston University (BA, University of California, Santa Barbara; MA, Ph.D, The University of Chicago)

His current research focuses on the utility of barbarism—the systematic or deliberate harm of noncombatants in pursuit of a military objective—as a strategy in war. This research, which constructively integrates human rights and interstate security issues, has culminated in a book manuscript tentatively entitled The [F]utility of Barbarism.

Ivan authored a definitive international relations monograph on asymmetric conflict, How the Weak Win Wars (Cambridge, 2005). He is also co-author of the best-selling international relations textbook, Norton’s Essentials of International Relations (Norton 2010, 2013). His areas of expertise and interest include: international relations theory, asymmetric conflict (cyber security, insurgency, counterinsurgency, small wars, and terrorism), strategy, international humanitarian law and asymmetric conflict, civil-military relations, Russian politics and foreign policy, and gender and war.

Ivan Arreguin-Toft is Co-Chair of Dimension 1 (Cyber Security Policy and Strategy) at the Global Cybersecurity Capacity Building Centre.