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Renée de Nevers

Renée de Nevers

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351 Eggers Hall

Renée de Nevers

Associate Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs Department

Chair, Social Science Ph.D. Program

Interim Director, Master of Arts in International Relations Program and Executive Master's in International Relations Program

Senior Research Associate, Political Science Department

Senior Research Associate, Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration


Fall 2017

PAI 710:  International Actors and Issues: Globalization, Conflict, and Cooperation

PAI 719:  Fundamentals of Post Conflict Reconstruction

Highest degree earned

Ph.D., Columbia University, 1992


Renée de Nevers is an associate professor in the Department of Public Administration and International Affairs at the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. Previously she taught at the University of Oklahoma, and was a program officer at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. She has been a research fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation and the Hoover Institution, and the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and was a Fulbright Scholar in Russia in 2011.

She received a Ph.D. from Columbia University. Her current research focuses on great power efforts to protect or manipulate sovereignty when confronted by new security challenges, and the regulation and accountability of private military and security companies. She is the author of "Comrades No More: The Seeds of Change in Eastern Europe" (MIT Press, 2003) and the co-author of "Combating Terrorism: Strategies and Approaches" (Congressional Quarterly Press, 2008), and numerous journal articles and book chapters.

Areas of Expertise

International security, international relations, private military and security companies


Selected Publications

“Sovereignty at Sea: States and Security in the Maritime Domain” (Security Studies, November-December, 2015).

“State Interests and the Problem of Piracy: Comparing US and UK Approaches to Maritime PMSCs” (Ocean Development and International Law, May 2015).

“Private Security’s Role in Shaping Foreign Policy,” in Anna Leander and Rita Abrahamsen, eds., Routledge Handbook of Private Security Studies (Routledge,  2015).

“Military Contractors and the American Way of War” (with Deborah Avant) (Daedalus 140 (3), Summer 2011); also in David M. Kennedy, ed. The Modern American Military (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013).

The Effectiveness of Self-Regulation for the Private Security Industry (Journal of Public Policy, Vol.30, No. 2, 2010).

“Private Security Companies and the Laws of War” (Security Dialogue, April 2009).

“(Self) Regulating War? Voluntary Regulation and the Private Security Industry (Security Studies, Fall 2009).

Combating Terrorism, William C. Banks, Renée de Nevers, and Mitchel Wallerstein (Congressional Quarterly Press, 2008).

“NATO’s International Security Role in the Terrorist Era” (International Security, Spring 2007)

“Imposing International Norms: Great Powers and Norm Enforcement” (International Studies Review, Spring 2007). 

Comrades No More: The Seeds of Change in Eastern Europe (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2003).