Prof. Dr. Robert Harkavy

Westring 400, R.04.04
Telefon: +49 431 880-2141
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Yale University: 1964-1966 and 1968-1970
  Ph.D., 1973, International Relations
University of California: (Berkeley) 1962-1964
  M.A., Political Science
Cornell University: 1954-1958
  B.A., Chemistry Major


International Organization, International Politics, Political Geography, Orbis, Comparative Strategy, Washington Quarterly, Third World Quarterly, The Jerusalem Journal of International Relations, Journal of International Affairs, Policy Studies Journal, Naval War College Review


1978-present   The Pennsylvania State University, Political Science Department, University Park, PA Position: Associate Professor to Professor

1982-1983      U.S. Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute, Carlisle, PA (on leave) Position: Visiting Research Professor

1977-1978      Cornell University, Center for International Studies, Ithaca, NY Position: Senior Research Associate

1975-1977      U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, Non-Proliferation and International Relations, Washington, DC Position: Senior Research Associate

1970-1975      Kalamazoo College, Political Science Department, Kalamazoo, MI Position: Instructor to Assistant Professor

1966-1968      U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, Secretariat, Washington, DC Position: Administrative Assistant


Preemption and Two-Front Conventional Warfare: A Comparison of 1967 Israeli Strategy with the Pre-World War I German Schlieffen Plan, Leonard Davis Institute, Hebrew University, Jerusalem Papers on Peace Problems, No. 23 (1978), 54 pages.

Spectre of a Middle Eastern Holocaust: The Strategic and Diplomatic Implications of the Israeli Nuclear Weapons Program, Denver: University of Denver Monograph Series in World Affairs (1977),126 pages.


Warfare and the Modern World (co-authored with Stephanie Newman) (New York: St. Martin's Press, 2001), 404 pages.

Strategic Geography and the Changing Middle East (co-authored with Geoffrey Kemp) (Washington, DC: The Brookings Institution, 1997), for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 506 pages.

Bases Abroad: The Global Foreign Military Presence (London: Oxford University Press/SIPRI, 1989), 450 pages.

The Lessons of Recent Wars in the Third World: Comparative Dimensions (Co-edited with Stephanie Neuman) (Lexington, MA: D.C. Heath, 1987), includes "Introduction" by R. E. Harkavy, pp.1-6; and a chapter, "Lessons Learned, Insights Gained, Issues Raised: Summary and Agenda for Further Research," pp. 241-257; 257 pages.

The Lessons of Recent Wars in the Third World: Approaches and Case Studies (Co-edited with Stephanie Neuman) (Lexington, MA: D.C. Heath, 1985), includes chapter by R. E. Harkavy "The Lessons of Recent Wars: Toward Comparative Analysis," pp. 3-32; 302 pages.

Great Power Competition for Overseas Bases: The Geopolitics of Access Diplomacy (New York: Pergamon, 1982), 361 pages.

Security Policies of Developing States: Implications for Regional and Global Security (Co-edited with Edward A. Kolodziej) (Lexington, MA: D.C. Heath, 1981), co-author of introductory chapter, pp.1-23, and concluding chapter, pp. 331-368; 393 pages.

American Security Policy and Policy-Making: The Dilemmas of Using and Controlling Military Force (Co-edited with Edward A. Kolodziej) (Lexington, MA: D.C. Heath, 1980), includes chapter by R. E. Harkavy, "Harmonizing Policies Across Arms Control Domains: Dilemmas and Contradictions," pp. 129-147; 266 pages.

Arms Transfers in the Modern World: Problems and Prospects (Co-edited with Stephanie Neuman) (New York: Praeger, 1979), includes chapter by R. E. Harkavy, "The New Geopolitics: Arms Transfers and the Major Powers' Competition for Overseas Bases," pp. 131-151, and co-written summary chapter, "The Road to Further Research and Theory in Arms Transfers," pp. 315-321; 371 pages.

The Arms Trade and International Systems (Cambridge, MA: Ballinger, 1975), 288 pages.

Consultantships-Recent Years:

Stanford Research Institute, BDM Corporation, Hudson Institute, Congressional Research Service,Comparative Defense Studies Program of Columbia University, U.S. Army War College, Office of the Secretary of Defense/Net Assessment, U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, National Defense University, National Institute for Public Policy/National Security Research, Inc., Science Applications International Corporation, Aries Analytics, Inc.

Member, academic advisory committee, Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, 1981-1985.

Member, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace study group on Arms Control and the Proliferation of High Technology Weapons in the Near East and South Asia, 1988-1989.

Member, study group on "The Emerging Ballistic Missile Threat to the United States," resulting in report published by Hudson Institute and National Security Research, Inc., 1992


Ford, Rochefeller, Fulbright (Sweden and Germany), Alexander von Humbolt (Germany), Smith-Richardson, Bradley, U.S. Institute of Peace, Earhart, U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency

Visiting professorships at:

University of Kiel (Germany) and Nihon University (Japan)

Military Service:

Reserve officer, U.S. Army, artillery, Second to First Lieutenant, 1958-1966, six months' active duty, 1958-1959. Graduate, basic artillery officers' school, Fort Sill, OK, 1958. Basic training instructor, Fort Dix, NJ, 1958-1959.