Kyle Lascurettes is an assistant professor of international affairs at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. He received his Ph.D. in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia, where his dissertation won the Kenneth N. Waltz Award from the American Political Science Association. Previously he has also been a postdoctoral fellow at the Mortara Center for International Studies at Georgetown University, a visiting assistant professor at the George Washington University and a GAGE research fellow at the Miller Center for Public Affairs. Professor Lascurettes’ research interests include security studies, international organizations and American foreign policy. His current book project investigates why powerful countries have promoted vastly different visions of international order throughout history.
Orders of Exclusion: The Strategic Sources of International Orders and Great Power Ordering
Lascurettes’ dissertation was awarded the American Political Science Association Kenneth N. Waltz Prize for best dissertation in the field of international security and arms control. The project sought to explain the preferences of great powers for establishing or reestablishing order in the international system, here defined as a set of established, foundational rules accepted by a significant number of important actors at a given time. He argues that powerful states most often advocate visions of order that will weaken or discredit the entity they find most threatening to their preferred vision of order, be it another powerful state, an ideological movement or a transnational network. If successful, they are thus able to create an order premised on weakening, opposing and above all excluding this threat from reaping the benefits of stable international order. The project is macro-historical in scope and analyzes a broad set of cases to elucidate general patterns of preferences for order from the advent of the modern state system through the American Century to the present.