Theo Milonopoulos

Theo Milonopoulos


No Wider War: Civil-Military Relations, Wartime Decision-Making, and the Politics of Victory, Stalemate, and Defeat

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Theo Milonopoulos is a Ph.D. candidate in political science at Columbia University and a 2019-2021 predoctoral fellow at the Clements Center for National Security at the University of Texas at Austin.

His dissertation, "No Wider War: Civil-Military Relations, Mid-War Decision-Making, and the Politics of Victory, Stalemate, and Defeat," examines the ability of the president's top military and civilian advisors to influence decision-making and strategic reassessment during the wars in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. His broader research interests include civil military relations, military strategy, bureaucratic politics, and the influence of domestic politics on American foreign policy.

From 2009 to 2011, Theo served as a lead research assistant to former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as she wrote her memoirs at Stanford University's Hoover Institution. He has held research assistant and intern positions at the RAND Corporation, the Center for New American Security (CNAS), the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London, and Stanford's Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC). A graduate of Stanford University with honors in international security studies, Theo received an M.A. in War Studies at King's College London, where he studied as a Fulbright Scholar.

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