The Catholic University of America

Wallace J. Thies

Professor of Politics

Catholic University

Washington, D.C. 20064

Work: 202-319-6230




Ph.D., Political Science, Yale University, 1977.

M.Phil., Political Science, Yale University, 1974.

M.A., International Relations, Yale University, 1972.

B.A., Political Science and Economics, Marquette University, 1970.


Fellowships and Awards

NATO Research Fellowship, 1988-1989

International Affairs Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations, 1979-1980

National Security Education Seminar, Colorado College, 1976

Summer Dissertation Fellowship, International Studies Association, 1974

Graduate Fellowship, Yale University, 1970-1975




Why Containment Works (about 80 percent complete)  

Why Nato Endures (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009)

Friendly Rivals: Bargaining and Burden-Shifting in NATO (Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, Inc., 2003).

When Governments Collide: Coercion and Diplomacy in the Vietnam Conflict, 1964-1968 (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1980).


The Atlantic Alliance, Nuclear Weapons, and European Attitudes: Re-examining the Conventional Wisdom (University of California, Berkeley: Institute of International Studies, 1983).

--Book Chapters

"What Would a New Transatlantic Bargain Look Like?" pp. 97-106, The Transatlantic Bargian ed. Mark Ducasse (Washington: National Defense University, 2012).

"Learning in American Policy Toward Europe," pp. 158-207 in Learning in U.S. and Soviet Foreign Policy ed. George Breslauer and Philip Tetlock (Boulder: Westview Press, 1991).



"Is the E.U. Collapsing?" International Studies Review (Forthcoming, 2012).

“When Governments Collide in the South Atlantic: Britain Coerces Argentina During the Falklands War,” Comparative Strategy 30 (January-March 2011): 1-27.

"Was the U.S. Invasion of Iraq NATO's Worst Crisis Ever? How Would We Know? Why Should We Care?' European Security 16 (March 2007): 29-50.

"Does NATO Enlargement Spread Democracy? Evidence From Three Cases," Democracy and Security 2 (July-December 2006): 201-230 (with Dorle Hellmuth and Raymond Millen).

"Critical Risk and the 2002 Kashmir Crisis," The Non-Proliferation Review 11, #3 (Fall-Winter 2004): 1-14. (with Dorle Hellmuth).

"When Governments Collide in the Taiwan Strait," Journal of Strategic Studies 27 (December 2004): 556-584 (with Patrick Bratton).

"Compellence Failure or Coercive Success? The Case of NATO and Yugoslavia," Comparative Strategy 22 #3 (2003): 243-267.

"Proliferation and Critical Risk," Journal of Strategic Studies 23 (December 2000): 51-76.

"What Makes an Alliance Strong? NATO and the Warsaw Treaty Organization in Retrospect," Military Review 77 (July-August 1997): 130-135 (with Monica Podbielski, CUA graduate student).

"Deliberate and Inadvertent War in the Post-Cold War World," Strategic Review 25 (Spring 1997): 26-36 (subsequently reprinted in American Foreign Policy 98/99 ed. Glenn Hastedt [Guilford, CT: Dushkin/McGraw Hill, 1998].

"Rethinking the New World Order," Orbis 38 (Fall 1994): 621-634.

"Intelligence and Warning After the Cold War," Colloquy 15 (February 1994): 3ff.

"An Alliance Unravels: The United States and ANZUS," Naval War College Review 46 (Summer 1993): 98-126 (with James D. Harris, CUA graduate student).

"Continuity and Change in the New World Order," Military Review 72 (June 1992): 39-48.

"How We (Almost) Won in Vietnam: Ellsworth Bunker's Reports to the President," Parameters 22 (Summer 1992): 86-95.

"Learning in American Policy Toward Europe," in Learning in U.S. and Soviet Foreign Policy ed. George Breslauer and Philip Tetlock (Boulder: Westview Press, 1991), pp. 158-207.

"A Twenty-First Century Army," Parameters 21 (Spring 1991): 62-76.

"Randomness, Contagion and Heterogeneity in the Formation of Interstate Alliances-A Reconsideration," International Interactions 16 (1990): 335-354.

"The Opportunity Costs of Large-Deck Carriers: Naval Strategy for the 1990s and Beyond," Naval War College Review 43 (September 1990): 9-31 (with Mark Randol, CUA graduate student).

"The 'Demise' of NATO: A Postmortem," Parameters 20 (June 1990): 17-30.

"Crises and the Study of Alliance Politics," Armed Forces and Society 15 (Spring 1989): 349-369.

"On NATO Strategy: Escalation and the Nuclear Allergy," Parameters 18 (September 1988): 18-33.

"Alliances and Collective Goods: A Reappraisal," Journal of Conflict Resolution 31 (June 1987): 298-332.

"What Future for the Atlantic Alliance?" Parameters 16 (Summer 1986): 26-35.

"Searching for Peace: Vietnam and the Question of How Wars End," Polity 7 (Spring 1975): 304-333.

"Public Address and the Sociology of Knowledge," Journal of the Wisconsin Speech-Communication Association 1 (Spring 1971): 28-41.


 Course Offerings


Graduate Introduction to International Affairs

Theories of International Politics

Foreign Policy Decision-Making

Research Design: Strategies and Skills

Contemporary Military Strategy

International Politics of the Atlantic Alliance

Seminar: International Politics


Introduction to International Relations

War and Peace in the Nuclear Age

Politics and Military Strategy