The President serves a one year term and works during that time to propose programs and policies designed to advance the best interests of the Association. He or she convenes and presides over meetings of the Executive Committee, the Governing Council, and the Annual Business Meeting while overseeing the work of the Executive Office.


Deborah Avant, ISA President 2022-2023

Distinguished University Professor, Sié Chéou-Kang Chair, and Director
Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy
Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver

Deborah Avant is Distinguished University Professor, Sié Chéou-Kang Chair and Director of the Sié Center for International Security and Diplomacy at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver. Her research has focused on civil-military relations, and the roles of non-state actors in controlling violence and generating governance. She is author/editor of five books and over forty articles and book chapters in publications such as International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, International Studies Review, Security Studies, Perspectives of Politics, and many more. She is also co-creator of the Private Security Event Data. Avant served as Chair of the International Security Studies Section of ISA from 2006-2008, on the governing council in 2007, and was founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Global Security Studies 2014-2019. She is an observer member of the International Code of Conduct for private security providers and, in 2013, was awarded an honorary doctorate from University of St.Gallen for outstanding research in the field of international security and contributions toward the establishment of national and international regulation of private military and security services in conformance with human rights, international law, and democratic accountability. At the Sié Center she has worked with the Carnegie Corporation and others to make space for engaged scholarship and reflection on how it can be responsibly pursued. You can read more about her work on her personal website:

Selected Publications:

  1. 2021. Simon Frankel Pratt, Sebastian Schmidt, Deborah Avant, Molly Cochran, Patrick Thaddeus Jackson, Henry Farrell, Jack Knight, Gunther Hellmann. “'Allergy to pragmatism’s femininities?' Pragmatism in International Relations: Prospects for Substantive Theorizing", International Studies Review 23(4): 1933-1958.
  2. 2021. Deborah Avant. “Governance Shifts in Security: Military and Security Services and Small Arms Compared." In Global Governance in a World of Change, pp. 48-76. Eds Michael Barnett, Jon Pevehouse, and Kal Raustiala. Cambridge University Press.
  3. 2020. Deborah Avant. “America’s Pragmatic Role?”, International Studies Review 23(3): 1126-1143.
  4. 2019. Deborah Avant, Marie Berry, Erica Chenoweth, Rachel Epstein, Cullen Hendrix, Oliver Kaplan, and Timothy Sisk. Civil Action and the Dynamics of Violence in Conflict. New York: Oxford University Press.
  5. 2018. Deborah Avant and Virginia Haufler. “Public-private interactions in the provision of security and insecurity.” In Oxford University Press Handbook on International Security. Eds. Alexandra Gheciu and William Wohlforth.
  6. 2016. Deborah D. Avant. "Pragmatic Networks and Transnational Governance of Private Military and Security Services", International Studies Quarterly 60(2): 330-342.
  7. 2016. Deborah Anvant and Edited with Oliver Westerwinter (Eds.). The New Power Politics: Networks and Security Governance. New York: Oxford University Press.
  8. 2011. Deborah Avant and Renee de Nevers. "Military Contractors and the American Way of War”, Daedalus 140(3): 88-99.
  9. 2010. Deborah Avant and Lee Sigelman. “Private Security and Democracy: Lessons from the US in Iraq”, Security Studies 19(2): 230-265.
  10. 2010. Deborah Avant, Martha Finnemore and Susan Sell (Eds.). Who Governs the Globe?. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  11. 2006. Deborah Avant. “The Implications of Marketized Security for IR Theory: the Democratic Peace, Late State Building and the Nature and Frequency of Conflict”, Perspectives on Politics 4(3): 507–528.
  12. 2005. Deborah Avant. The Market for Force: the Consequences of Privatizing Security. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  13. 2000. Deborah Avant and James Lebovic. “US Military Attitudes toward Post-Cold War Missions”, Armed Forces and Society 27(1): 37-56.
  14. 2000. Deborah Avant. "From Mercenaries to Citizen Armies: Explaining Change in the Practice of War", International Organization 54(1): 41-72.
  15. 1998. Deborah Avant. “Conflicting Indicators of ‘Crisis’ in American Civil-Military Relations”, Armed Forces and Society 24(4): 375-388
  16. 1997. Deborah Avant. “Are the Reluctant Warriors Out of Control? Why U.S. Military Leaders have been Averse to Respond to Post-Cold War Low-Level Threats”, Security Studies 6(2): 51-90./li>
  17. 1994. Deborah Avant. Political Institutions and Military Change: Lessons from Peripheral Wars. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

ISA President, 2022-2023

Deborah Avant | President
University of Denver
March 2022 - March 2023

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