Joshua Schwartz is a Grand Strategy, Security, and Statecraft postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in August 2022 and was a Guggenheim Foundation Emerging Scholar during the 2021–2022 academic year.

Josh's dissertation and book project, "Dovish Reputation Theory: When Fighting to Demonstrate Resolve Backfires," questions the conventional wisdom that states should avoid backing down from military conflicts in order to protect their reputation for resolve. In fact, choosing to stand firm and fight rather than back down can actually end up harming a state's reputation for resolve in the long-term.

His other research addresses what impact greater female leadership in the United States and around the world will have on international politics, the strength of norms forbidding the use of weapons of mass destruction, how and why military technology spreads, the counter-terrorism effectiveness of drones, and the factors that impact the credibility of a leader's threats.

Josh's academic research has been published in International Organization, Journal of Conflict Resolution, International Studies Quarterly, Security Studies, and Conflict Management and Peace Science. His policy commentary has also appeared in Foreign Affairs, the Washington Post, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Defense One, and Political Violence at a Glance.

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