Open Access electronic version available for free here.

For the Cornell Chronicle‘s summary, click here.

Happy 50th Birthday, Mercier 300! An appreciation of my bicycle, bought in 1973 and still going strong after a half century.

Russia’s Ongoing War in Ukraine: U.S. Policy Decisions and the Provision of Lethal Aid, watch here.

For the upcoming Aleksanteri Conference I have written a paper, “Nuclear Deterrence Failed in Ukraine: Now What? Background and Implications for European Security.” Because the conference does not post the papers presented there, I am linking mine here.


In my course, Russia’s Return to International Politics, at ASERI, the graduate school of the Università Cattolica di Milano, my excellent students performed a simulation of a negotiation to resolve the crisis caused by Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine. Not surprisingly they did not come up with any magic solution—we tended to agree with Zelensky on the difficulty of engaging with such an unreliable and criminal negotiating partner as Putin—but they did raise a number of important issues and creative suggestions. They also made this clever film clip.


Long-lost notes rediscovered

Notes on trip to USSR, May-June 1990

These are contemporaneous notes from a trip to the USSR, funded by the Council on Economic Priorities, a New York-based organization that opposed excessive military spending and favored conversion of military resources to civilian purposes. The CEP was a cosponsor of the International Citizens Congress for a Nuclear Test Ban, organized by the newly formed Nevada Semipalatinsk Movement, headed by the Kazakh poet, Olzhas Suleimenov, and the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), whose co-presidents were Bernard Lown and Evgenii Chazov, US and Soviet cardiologists, respectively. The Congress took place at three locations in Kazakhstan (listed here in increasing proximity to the Soviet nuclear test site): Alma Ata, Semipalatinsk, and Kara Aul.

The first part of the notes describes the Congress, the speeches and workshops, and the people I met—Americans, Russians, West Europeans, and Kazakhs. The second part describes my stay in Moscow for a few days after the Congress, where I sought interviews with specialists at the Institute for the Study of the USA and Canada (ISKAN, in its Russian acronym), gave a lecture there on my views of the prospects for conversion, was interviewed twice for Soviet TV, met new Russian friends, and heard a lot of opinions about the reforms of Mikhail Gorbachev and the political challenges from his emerging rival, Boris Yeltsin.

Faculty and Students on the War in Ukraine, video of event of 17 March 2022

Cornell University Library DIGITAL COLLECTIONS

Randall Forsberg and the Nuclear Freeze Movement: Selected Materials from the Institute for Defense and Disarmament Studies Archive

The Institute for Defense and Disarmament Studies (IDDS) was founded in 1979 by the scholar-activist Randall Caroline Watson Forsberg (1943-2007) to conduct research on military forces and the prospects for disarmament and to provide knowledge in support of peace activism. This digital collection represents a small sample of the full archive, held in the Cornell University Library’s Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections. The Institute’s publications included the Arms Control Reporter (a monthly update on negotiations), the World Weapon Database, and the Peace Resource Book, along with a newsletter. IDDS became the first headquarters of the influential Nuclear Weapons Freeze campaign and it collaborated with the European Nuclear Disarmament movement and colleagues worldwide, including in the Soviet bloc. The digital archive is now available here.

La Nona Portata (The Ninth Course), mokumentary
by Domenico Bruzzese, Mauro Mola, and Bruno Ugioli  Trailer  Italian   English subtitles

Launch of new journal, Occupied Italy, 10 September 2021, Battipaglia, Italy

Watch it here.

Watch it here.

Remembering Professor Yuri Orlov: Physicist, Human Rights Activist, Soviet Dissident
Wednesday, November 18 from 10 am – 12 noon


American Occupation and Human Rights in Iraq, webinar presentation (interpreted into Persian), International Association of Muslim University Professors, University of Tehran, 26 July 2020.


International Relations at 100: The Liberal World Order and Beyond, conference summary, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, 15 November 2019.


International event marks 70th anniversary of Geneva Conventions (video)

Matthew Evangelista was appointed the Inaugural Guest Professor,
Leibniz-Institut Hessische Stiftung Friedens- und Konfliktforschung (HSFK) / Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF), February 2019

Randall Caroline Watson Forsberg, Toward a Theory of Peace: The Role of Moral Beliefs, edited and with an introduction by Matthew Evangelista and Neta C. Crawford (click on title for Manifold web version or here for a 30 percent discount on the Cornell University Press paperback)

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Lectio Magistralis, lecture at the ceremony for the inauguration of academic year, 
2016-2017, Università degli Studi Roma Tre, Rome, Italy, 29 November 2016.

Collateral Damage: A Warfare Challenge, by Alexandra Chang


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