Matthew Evangelista edits new volumes on Italian politics and the rules of war

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Matthew A. Evangelista, President White Professor of History and Political Science and director of the Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies, is the editor of two new books on the politics of crisis and conflict.

Both volumes grew out of Reppy Institute initiatives and were supported by funds from the Einaudi Center.

Italy from Crisis to Crisis: Political Economy, Security, and Society in the 21st Century (Routledge 2018) seeks to understand Italy’s approach to crises by studying the country in regional, international, and comparative context. 

The book integrates the analysis of domestic politics and foreign policy, and puts Italy in a comparative perspective.

Do the Geneva Conventions Matter? (with Nina Tannenwald, Oxford 2017) provides a comparative analysis of the laws that govern warfare, as well as a more specific investigation into state practice. Evangelista and Tannenwald address the ways in which "ritual" compliance translates into actual compliance on the battlefield.

The two projects were launched at workshops organized by the Reppy Institute. Italy from Crisis to Crisis was funded in part by internationalization grants awarded by the Einaudi Center. The Geneva Conventions book was supported by an Einaudi Center seed grant. 

Evangelista teaches courses in international and comparative politics, and also directs the International Relations Minor at the Einaudi Center. His current research interests include international humanitarian law, separatist movements, and gender and conflict.

His other books include Gender, Nationalism, and War: Conflict on the Movie Screen (2011); Law, Ethics, and the War on Terror (2008); The Chechen Wars: Will Russia Go the Way of the Soviet Union? (2002); Unarmed Forces: The Transnational Movement to End the Cold War (1999); and Innovation and the Arms Race (1988).

He has also edited several volumes, including The American Way of Bombing: Changing Ethical and Legal Norms, from Flying Fortresses to Drones (with Henry Shue, 2014), which was also supported by an Einaudi Center seed grant.