Project Overview

Threat Construction During Crises: How Leaders Justify Coercion

Faculty Sponsor

Danielle Lupton (


Political Science


How do leaders justify their threats during coercive episodes in international politics? Students on this project will investigate this question by conducting in-depth qualitative and historical research into coercive episodes in international relations. The ultimate goal will be to create a dataset of over 400 coercive episodes with a detailed accounting of how leaders issued threats and what those threats looked like. 

Student Qualifications

-Familiarity with international politics
-Keen attention to detail
-Experience conducting qualitative research
-Interest in history or international relations strongly preferred

Number of Student Researchers

2 students

Project Length

Up to 10 weeks

Applications open on 10/03/2023 and close on 02/28/2024

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