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Dr. Douglas Macdonald is a Visiting Research Professor of National Security Affairs at SSI. He is on temporary leave from Colgate University where he has taught for 18 years in the Department of Political Science, and is a former director of the university’s International Relations Program. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1967 to 1971, attaining the rank of Sergeant, and was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal in 1970. His principal study for SSI this year will deal with transnational terrorist networks in Southeast Asia and the region’s institutional response to the New Terror. Dr. Macdonald’s doctoral dissertation won the American Political Science Association’s Helen Dwight Reid Award for best dissertation in the field of international relations in 1986. The dissertation was published by Harvard University Press in 1992 as Adventures in Chaos: American Intervention for Reform in the Third World. In addition, Dr. Macdonald has published articles in International Security, Security Studies, and various edited collections. His latest article on the Philippines is being published under the auspices of the Center for Civil-Military Relations located at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterrey, CA. Dr. Macdonald was awarded a John M. Olin Fellowship in National Security Affairs at Harvard University in 1985-86, and a Senior Research Fellowship at the Norwegian Nobel Institute in 1998. His research interests center on American foreign policy formation, especially towards the Pacific region. He is currently writing a book on ideology and the Cold War in East and Southeast Asia, 1939-69. Dr. Macdonald received his B.A. from the University of Massachusetts, and the M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Columbia University, New York.
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Authored by Dr. Douglas J. Macdonald.
While controversial, the “clash of civilizations” thesis has had a large influence in the debate over the causes of, and possible remedies for, the spread of terrorist activity.