2010
Alumni (National Fellow)

Aaron Rapport

National Fellow
Degrees:
Ph.D. University of Minnesota (2010)
Professional Sector:
Education
Fields of Interest:
International Relations
The Military

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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