Changwook (MPP '18) is a staff writer for Law & Politics. He is interested in political economy, civil-military relations, and electoral politics.

Posts by Changwook Ju

The Future of US Foreign Policy: An End to Liberal Internationalism?

Liberal internationalism, despite what the phrase may imply, does not favor the views of Democrats over Republicans. Instead, liberal internationalism...

Why Do Former Rivals Form Non-Aggression Pacts?

Non-aggression pacts, designed to reduce the possibility of future conflict, are distinctive from other military alliances because they do not...

Intermestic Dynamics of Power Transitions in Dictatorships

In the face of domestic opposition, a dictator accountable for human rights violations is unlikely to relinquish power due to...

Nuclear Dynamics and Conflicting Effects of Foreign Policy Initiatives

The nuclear threat to the United States from Iraq, North Korea, and Syria is of recent vintage. During the last...

What Makes Military Dictators Transition Out of Dictatorships?

Frequent leadership cycles are common in dictatorships. Historically, military dictators, whose power is derived from the armed forces, have been...

When Does War Transpire? Unlikely War Onset Under Uncertainty

Scholars have attempted to clarify whether uncertainty about the outcome of a potential war—victory or defeat—influences state behavior in international...

Are Economic Elites Anti-Democratic? Why Economic Elites May Support Democratization

Are economic elites always anti-democratic? Not in some contexts. Structural changes in the Bolivian economy cultivated a new set of...

Causes of War: When the Unknown Creates False Optimism

Differing estimates and perceptions of opponents’ power may increase the likelihood of war. Countries are generally incentivized to misrepresent their...

How Should We Understand Alliance Formation in a Multilateral World?

For several decades, bilateral modeling has been the central tool in much of the theoretical and empirical research on alliance...

Toward an Inclusive Democracy: The Positive Impact of Preregistration Laws on Youth Voter Turnout

Low turnout among young voters in the United States has recently garnered attention, prompting policymakers and political scientists to design electoral reforms...