The experiences you have throughout your life, especially in adolescence, shape how you view the world as an adult. Michael Horowitz is on the cutting edge of using this analysis to understand why political leaders go to war. By analyzing trends and experiences of international leaders from their birth until the moment they take office, Michael has been able to point to factors that make world leaders more inclined to violence and war.
Michael is Associate Professor of Political Science and Associate Director of Perry World House at the University of Pennsylvania. He has also worked for the US Department of Defense. His first book, The Diffusion of Military Power: Causes and Consequences for International Politics, won the Furniss Award from the Mershon Center for International Security Studies and the Best Book Award from the International Security Studies Section of the International Studies Association. His new book, Why Leaders Fight, has received critical acclaim and analyzes how experiences from leaders’ pasts impact their propensity to incite violence.
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