Executive Committee

The Triangle Institute for Security Studies is run by a seven-person board, led by a Director. Current members (Academic Year 2008-2009) are Peter Feaver (Director), a political scientist at Duke University; Hal Brands, a historian in the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University; William A. Boettcher, a political scientist at North Carolina State University and John Mattingly , a nuclear engineer at North Carolina State University; Patricia Sullivan , a political scientist at UNC-Chapel Hill, Dr. Wayne Lee, a historian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Rolin Mainuddin, a political scientist at North Carolina Central University.

Past Members: Roster.


William A. Boettcher III (Ph.D., Ohio State University) is an Associate Professor of Political Science at North Carolina State University. His research focuses on the management of risk in foreign policy decision making and the framing of casualty data. He has published articles in the Journal of Conflict Resolution and Political Psychology and the Journal of Applied Social Psychology and is the author of a recent book, Presidential Risk Behavior in Foreign Policy: Prudence or Peril. This work looks at why Cold War Presidents were willing to risk entrapment and even war-escalation to contain Communist expansion and to preserve U.S. credibility.

Hal Brands (Ph.D., Yale University) is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy and an affiliate of the Program in American Grand Strategy at Duke University. Prior to coming to Duke, he was a researcher at the Institute for Defense Analyses. Dr. Brands is a historian whose research focuses on U.S. foreign policy, Cold War history, Latin American security and diplomacy, and strategic and military issues. He is the author of From Berlin to Baghdad: America’s Search for Purpose in the Post-Cold War World (2008).  His second book, Latin America's Cold War (2010), was adapted from his dissertation, which won the John Addison Porter Prize for Best Dissertation in the Humanities and the Mary and Arthur Wright Prize for Best Dissertation in Non-U.S. or European History.

Peter D. Feaver (Ph.D., Harvard) is a Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at Duke University and Director of the Triangle Institute for Security Studies (TISS). He served as Special Advisor for Strategic Planning and Institutional Reform on the National Security Council (2005-2007) and as Director for Defense Policy and Arms Control on the National Security Council (1993-1994). Professor Feaver co-directed two major research projects, “Managing Interventions after September 11” and “The Civil-Military Gap and American National Security.” He has written eight books, most recently, (with Christopher Gelpi and Jason Reifler) Paying the Human Costs of War (2009). He has also published over thirty articles and book chapters on American foreign policy, nuclear proliferation, civil-military relations, information warfare, and U.S. national security. He is a member of the Aspen Strategy Group.

Wayne Lee (Ph.D., Duke University) is Associate Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Chair of the Curriculum in Peace, War, and Defense. He specializes in early modern military history, with a particular focus on colonial America, Native Americans, and the British Empire. He also maintains a lively interest in ancient military history and works and publishes in the field of archaeology.  He is currently engaged in long-term research into the British use of "indigenous" military resources in the Atlantic from 1500 to 1800, as well as a theoretical structure to explain the nature of restraints on warfare, using examples from antiquity through industrialization. He is the author of Barbarians and Brothers:Atrocity and Restraint in Anglo-American Warfare, 1500–1865 (2011) and Crowds and Soldiers in Revolutionary North Carolina: The Culture of Violence in Riot and War (2001), Besides these, he is the author of over a dozen articles in journals, edited books, and encyclopedias. From 1997-1992 Professor Lee was a combat engineer in the U.S. Army, serving in Germany, Virginia, and the Gulf War. 

Rolin Mainuddin (Ph.D. Political Science, University of Kansas-Lawrence) is Associate Professor of Political Science at North Carolina Central University, where he has taught since 1995.  Born in Bangladesh, he earned his BSS in International Relations from the University of Dhaka, an MA in Political Science and Administrative Studies from Ohio University. He has been on the International Board of Editors of the International Journal of South Asian Studies India) since 2008. He has served as President, North Carolina Political Science Association, 2002–2003 and President of the Association of Third World Studies, 1998–1999. He teaches Introduction to Comparative Politics; Introduction to International Politics; American Foreign Policy; Middle Eastern Politics; and a Workshop in International Affairs. His research interests are in religion and politics, international security, and the Middle East. He is the editor of Religion and Politics in the Developing World: Explosive Interactions 9 2002); and Democratization, Liberalization, and Human Rights: Challenges Facing the Gulf Cooperation Council,” in Paul J. Magnarella, ed., Middle East and North Africa: Governance, Democratization, Human Rights (1999), pp.125–142.

John Mattingly (Ph.D. University of Tennessee) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Nuclear Engineering at North Carolina State University. His research interests are in neutron and gamma time-correlation, coincidence and multiplicity counting, spec-trometry, and imaging applied to nuclear nonproliferation and counterterrorism; radiation transport modeling applied to the design of neutron and gamma meas-urement systems; and inverse radiation transport methods to analyze neutron and gamma measurements. In 1995 he was awarded a postgraduate research fellowship at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), and in 1997, he joined the technical staff at ORNL, where he was promoted to the senior staff in 2002. In 2003 Mattingly was hired as a principal member of the technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) in Albuquerque, NM.

Patricia Sullivan ( Ph.D. University of California-Davis) is an assistant professor in the Department of Public Policy and the Curriculum in Peace, War, and Defense at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She received her Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Davis in 2004 with a concentration in international relations, comparative politics, and research methodology. She teaches courses in foreign policy, international conflict, national security policy, and research design. Dr. Sullivan’s research explores the utility of military force as a policy instrument, the determinants of war outcomes, and the factors that affect leaders’ decisions to initiate, escalate, or terminate foreign military operations. Her book, Who Wins? Predicting Strategic Success and Failure in Armed Conflict, was recently published by Oxford University Press.