The International Studies Public Forum (ISPF)  
"Does Cheap Talk Matter: An Experimental Approach"  
with Barbara Walter, Professor of Political Science, University of California San Diego  
Thursday, October 22, 2009  
Social Science Plaza A, Room 1100  
3:30-5:00 p.m.  
Walter is an authority on international security, with an emphasis on internal wars, bargaining and cooperation, and terrorism/counter-terrorism. Her current research and teaching interests include reputation building and war, the strategies of terrorism, and the behavioral foundations of rational behavior. Publications include: "The Strategies of Terrorism," with Andrew Kydd, International Security, Summer 2006; "Building Reputation: Why Governments Fight Some Separatists But Not Others," American Journal of Political Science, Spring 2006; "Information, Uncertainty and the Decision to Secede," International Organization, Winter 2006; "Sabotaging the Peace: The Politics of Extremist Violence," with Andrew Kydd, International Organization, Spring 2002; Committing to Peace: The Successful Settlement of Civil Wars (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2001); "The Critical Barrier to Civil War Settlement," International Organization, Summer 1997; "Designing Transitions from Violent Civil War," International Security, Summer 1999; and Civil Wars, Insecurity and Intervention (New York: Columbia University Press, 1999) co-edited with Jack Snyder. She has just completed a book manuscript on reputation building and war, and is continuing to work on a manuscript on strategies and counter-strategies of terrorism. Walter is on the editorial board of International Organization, and is the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, including awards from the National Science Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Guggenheim, and Smith Richardson Foundations.  
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