Restoring Thucydides: Testing Familiar Lessons and Deriving New Ones

by Andrew R. Novo and Jay M. Parker

About Andrew Novo

Andrew R. Novo is an associate professor of strategic studies at the National Defense University in Washington, DC. He holds a DPhil and MPhil from the University of Oxford and an AB from Princeton University. Dr. Novo’s previous publications include When Small Countries Crash and Queen of Cities. He has published in several journals such as Diplomacy & Statecraft and The Journal of Modern Greek Studies as well as in the Harvard International Review and the New Atlanticist. Dr. Novo delivered the inaugural “Thucydides Lecture” at the University of Macedonia (Thessaloniki, Greece) in January 2019 and has also presented at the Brookings Institution and the Atlantic Council.

About Jay M. Parker

Jay M. Parker, Ph.D. (Colonel, United States Army, Retired), is Professor and Chair of International Security at the College of International Security Affairs of the National Defense University in Washington, DC. Previously, he was Visiting Associate Professor and Chair of International Relations and Security for the Master of Science in Foreign Service program at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, where he also served as Visiting Associate Professor in Georgetown’s Department of Government, where he taught security studies, international relations, and foreign policy.

Prior to retiring from the United States Army after 26 years of active duty service in 2005, he served for eleven years as Professor of Political and International Affairs and Director of International Relations and National Security Studies, Department of Social Sciences, United States Military Academy (USMA), West Point. For more than five years, he served as Chair of the USMA Scholarship Committee, selecting, certifying, and preparing West Point Cadets to compete for Rhodes, Marshall, Truman, Fulbright, Gates, and other post-graduate fellowships. During his tenure on the committee, West Point graduates were awarded 58 prestigious fellowships. He also oversaw the preparation and presentation of analytical support on national security issues provided to the Department of the Army.

Col. Parker holds a Ph.D. in international relations from Columbia University, as well as masters’ degrees in political communication and public affairs from Arizona State University and an MA in international relations from the University of Southern California. He is a graduate of the Naval War College and was a Visiting Research Fellow at Princeton University’s Center of International Studies, and a Japan Society US-Japan Leader Fellow. Col. Parker has served as executive vice president of the Center for the Study of the Presidency, and as advisor and center liaison to the Iraq Study Group. He also served on advisory councils for programs at the Museum of Television and Radio and he appeared in the Emmy nominated PBS documentary Reporting America at War. He is a member of the editorial boards for the journals Media, War & Conflict and Pacific Focus. He is a former chair of the International Security Studies Section of the International Studies Association and served on Governing Councils of the Foreign Policy, Film and Politics, and International Security and Arms Control sections of the American Political Science Association.


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