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Politics Faculty

Wallace Thies – Ordinary Professor


Wallace J. Thies is a professor of politics at The Catholic University of America. He is the author of several books, including when Governments Collide:  Coercion and Diplomacy in the Vietnam Conflict (University of California Press, 1980); The Atlantic Alliance, Nuclear Weapons and European Attitudes (University of California, Institute of International Studies, 1983); and Friendly Rivals: Bargaining and Burden-Shifting in NATO (M.E. Sharpe, 2003).  His most recent book, Why Nato Endures, was published in 2009 by Cambridge University Press.

In 1979 and 1980, Professor Thies worked in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs in the U.S. Department of State as an International Affairs Fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations, and in 1989 he was a NATO Research Fellow. 


Recent Publications and Presentations


2008. Why Nato Endures. Cambridge University Press.

2003. Friendly Rivals:  Bargaining and Burden-Shifting in NATO. M.E. Sharpe Inc.

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

Journal Articles

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

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

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


Honors and Appointments

NATO Research Fellowship, 1988-1989.

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

National Security Education Seminar, Colorado College, 1976.

Curriculum Vitae



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  • POL 423 – Politics and Military Strategy
  • POL 447 – War and Peace in the Nuclear Age
  • POL 606 – Intro to International Relations 
  • POL 610 – Graduate Introduction to Security Studies


Yale University
New Haven, CT – Ph.D., 1977

Yale University
New Haven, CT – M.Phil, 1974

Yale University
New Haven, CT – M.A., 1972

Marquette University
Milwaukee, WI – B.A., 1970


Areas of Expertise

  • International politics
  • Military strategy
  • The Atlantic Alliance
  • Foreign policy

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