Christopher Chivvis

Christopher Chivvis, PhD

Adjunct Lecturer of European Studies
European and Eurasian Studies


  • Europe
  • Libya
  • Middle East
  • Nuclear Policy and Proliferation
  • NATO
  • Nation-building and Democratization
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Background and Education

Chris Chivvis is associate director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center and a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation. Chivvis specializes in national security issues in Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East, including NATO, military interventions, counter-terrorism, and deterrence. Chivvis is the author three scholarly books, including Toppling Qaddafi, The French War on Al Qa’ida in Africa, as well as several other academic and policy works. He served in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy in 2010-2011, has worked in several U.S. and European think tanks and academic institutions. He received his PhD from SAIS in 2003.

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Chivvis, Christopher, "Libya and the Future of Liberal Intervention," Suvival 54 (6), 2012.

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Chivvis, Christopher, "Libya's Downward Spiral," Foreign Policy, 2012.

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Christopher Chivvis and Paul K. Davis, "Establishing Security," in Paul K. Davis, et al., Dilemmas of Intervention, RAND (MG-1119-OSD), 2011.

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Chivvis, Christopher, "Back to the Brink in Bosnia?" Suvival, 52 (1), 2010.

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Chivvis, Christopher, "Quelle orientation futur pour l'Otan," Politique Etrangere, (4), 2009.

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Chivvis, Christopher and Thomas Rid, "The Roots of Germany's Russia Policy," Survival 51 (2), 2009.

Fall 2016 
Provides an his...
Provides an historical and global geopolitical framework for understanding how the modern global system has evolved. Focuses on three broad motifs: (1) the dialectical nature of the European state system, (2) the relationship of Europe to the rest of the world, and (3) the progressive rise of non-European Powers and the growing challenges these have posed to Europe's dominant position in the world. Concludes with reflections on the contemporary international system and its principal actors, with an eye to defining its prospects in the 21st century.
Spring 2017 
In the last two...
In the last two decades since the Cold War, the United States and its allies have conducted major military interventions roughly every five years. This course examines the interventions in Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and Mali from the moral, political, and strategic perspectives. Emphasis is on understanding the key issues likely to shape military intervention in the future.