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Welcome! My name is Walter Ladwig and I am a Departmental Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Oxford. I am also a Visiting Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute for for Defence and Security Studies and an affiliate of the Corbett Centre for Maritime Policy Studies at Kings College London.
My research interests include international security and foreign policy, defense politics, military strategy and operations, counterinsurgency, and the political and military implications of India’s emergence as great power. My work has appeared or is forthcoming in International Security, Asian Survey, Comparative Strategy, Asian Security, Small Wars and Insurgencies, Military Review, Strategic Insights, War in History, and Joint Force Quarterly, in addition to half-a-dozen chapters in edited volumes. I have commented on international affairs for the BBC, Reuters, the Associated Press and the New York Times and my commentaries have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Baltimore Sun, and the Indian Express.
I earned my Ph.D. in International Relations from Merton College, Oxford where I was the America’s scholar. During the 2008-2009 academic year I was a pre-doctoral fellow at the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia.
My dissertation, "The Lesser of Two Evils?: U.S. Indirect Intervention in Counterinsurgency, 1946-1991", is a comparative study of U.S. efforts to assist allied nations in counterinsurgency, with a specific focus on how American aid could induce political and economic reform. The central paradox of such efforts is that despite providing overwhelming amounts of aid to its ally, the U.S. was frequently unable to gain sufficient leverage to compel them to address the political and economic root causes of the insurgency. This project identifies the sequencing of aid as the key factor in successfully encouraging needed reform: The provision of assistance must be tightly tied to specific actions on the part of the local government in order to positively alter the client’s behavior. This hypothesis is examined in a series of three historical case studies based primarily on archival sources.
I also possess a robust research agenda examining contemporary security issues in South Asia. In particular, I focus on military modernization within the Indian Army and Navy, the services’ emerging military doctrines and their probable impact on the regional security architecture of both South Asia and the broader Asia-Pacific region.
Prior to entering the doctoral program at Oxford, I was a consultant to the Department of Defense in Washington, D.C. I have a Masters in Public Affairs (MPA) from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and dual bachelor degrees in Economics and International Relations from the University of Southern California .