Alumni (National Fellow)

Aaron Rapport

National Fellow
Ph.D. University of Minnesota (2010)
Professional Sector:
Dream Mentor:
Jack Levy
Rutgers University
Fields of Interest:
International Relations
The Military


Aaron Rapport is a lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Studies at Cambridge. He is also a Fellow at Corpus Christi College, where he directs studies for students in Part I of the HSPS triposis. Rapport was previously an assistant professor of political science at Georgia State University in Atlanta. Rapport’s research interests include international security, political psychology, and U.S. foreign policy. He has taught undergraduate and graduate level courses on these topics, as well as qualitative research methodology. His book, Waging War, Planning Peace: U.S. Noncombat Operations and Major Wars was published in 2015, part of Cornell University Press’s Security Affairs series. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in the journals International Security, International Studies Quarterly, the Journal of Peace Research, and Security Studies.

Thesis Description:

Planning in the Shadow of the Future: U.S. Military Interventions and Time Horizons
Rapport’s dissertation, “Planning in the Shadow of the Future: U.S. Military Interventions and Time Horizons,” examined cases of major U.S. involvement in military campaigns from 1945 to 2003 in order to illuminate factors that caused state leaders to underestimate the long-term costs of foreign military intervention. Scholars of international relations have noted that the tendency to underestimate long-term costs of military action has pervaded thinking in the United States as well as that of other state leaders considering intervention. He argued that the cognitive process by which people evaluate future events can help account for poor strategic assessment.

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