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Jeremy M. Weinstein is a non-resident fellow. He recently returned to his position at Stanford as an assistant professor of political science after serving as Director for Development and Democracy on the National Security Council staff at the White House between 2009 and 2011. Weinstein is an affiliated faculty member at the Center for Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) and the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), and served as Director of the Center for African Studies in 2007-08.

His research focuses on civil wars and political violence; ethnic politics and the political economy of development; and democracy, accountability, and political change. He is the author of Inside Rebellion: The Politics of Insurgent Violence (Cambridge University Press) which received the William Riker Prize for the best book on political economy. He has also published articles in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Journal of Democracy, World Policy Journal, and the SAIS Review. Selected publications include: "Handling and Manhandling Civilians in Civil War" (APSR 2006), which received the Sage Prize and Gregory Luebbert Award, and "Why Does Ethnic Diversity Undermine Public Goods Provision" (APSR 2007), which received the Heinz Eulau Award and the Michael Wallerstein Award. He also received the Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching at Stanford in 2007. Before joining the faculty at Stanford, Weinstein was the Project Director of the CGD-sponsored Commission on Weak States and U.S. National Security and the primary author of the Commission's final report, On the Brink: Weak States and U.S. National Security. Weinstein obtained a BA with high honors from Swarthmore College, and an MA and PhD in political economy and government from Harvard University.


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January 17, 2006