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Jason Davidson - University of Mary Washington. Fredericksburg, VA, US

Jason Davidson Jason Davidson

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs | University of Mary Washington

Fredericksburg, VA, UNITED STATES

Dr. Davidson is a specialist in American Foreign and Security Policy, and International Security.



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If you’re interested in Italy-U.S. relations since the end of the Cold War or a vote-seeking explanation of Berlusconi's Iraq policy, look no further.

Jason Davidson, professor of political science and international affairs, is a specialist in American foreign and security policy; British, French and Italian foreign and security policy; and international security. He has delivered lectures at venues such as the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research, the United States Marine Corps War College, the University of Rome (Roma Tre) and the University of Bologna.

An award-winning professor, Dr. Davidson was the 2007 recipient of UMW’s Alumni Association Outstanding Young Faculty Award and a two-time recipient of the Academic Affairs Council Professors’ Appreciation Award. He was awarded a UMW Jepson Fellowship for 2005-06 for his project “Signaling Resolve in Contemporary American Foreign Policy.”

He is the author of two books, "The Origins of Revisionist and Status-quo States" and "America’s Allies and War: Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq." His articles have been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Contemporary Security Policy, Modern Italy, Security Studies and The Nonproliferation Review. Dr. Davidson has written chapters in books such as "Power in Transition: The Peaceful Change of International Order," "Sanctions as Economic Statecraft: Theory and Practice" and "Italy in the Post-Cold War Order: Adaptation, Bipartisanship, Visibility."

Areas of Expertise (4)

American Foreign Policy American Security Policy International Security British, French and Italian Foreign Policy

Accomplishments (2)

Outstanding Young Faculty Award (professional)


Awarded by the University of Mary Washington.

Jepson Fellowship (professional)


Awarded by the University of Mary Washington for the project titled “Signaling Resolve in Contemporary American Foreign Policy.”

Education (3)

Georgetown University: Ph.D., Government 2001

Georgetown University: M.A., Government 1999

University of California at Berkeley: B.A., Political Science 1996

Media Appearances (3)

Commentary: UMW professors back student sit-in for divestment in fossil fuels

Fredericksburg  online


Shortly after University of Mary Washington students began their sit-in in front of President Hurley’s office, a member of the board of visitors reportedly said they were “being a pest.” This reaction suggests that Divest UMW is actually on the right path. History shows us that to attain social change, change that may be difficult and/or costly, it is often necessary to make decision-makers uncomfortable and even outraged...

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Obama and the Libya blame game: free-riding allies?

Aspenia Institute  online


In a recent interview with The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg, President Obama accused America's European allies of being "free riders."

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It has always been 'America first': why Trump is different

Aspenia  online


In his inaugural address Donald Trump emphasized a concept he had referred to on the campaign trail.

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Event Appearances (1)

America's Allies and War

National Security Lectures,  Fredericksburg, Va.


Articles (6)

“The Limits of Radical Parties in Coalition Foreign Policy: Italy, Hijacking, and the Extremity Hypothesis” Foreign Policy Analysis


Jason Davidson, professor of political science and international affairs, co-authored and published an article in the peer-reviewed journal “Foreign Policy Analysis.” The article, titled “The Limits of Radical Parties in Coalition Foreign Policy: Italy, Hijacking, and the Extremity Hypothesis,” was written with Fabrizio Coticchia, assistant professor of political science at the University of Genoa and explores the role of radical political parties in Italy.

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American primacy by default: down but not out The International Spectator: International Journal of International Affairs


American primacy continues to characterise the international system, despite trends toward
a diffusion of power. The discussion is too often biased in favour of multipolarity due to imprecise or misleading definitions of U.S. primacy. On the basis of a simple definition of ...

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Italy-U.S. relations since the end of the cold war: prestige, peace, and the transatlantic balance Bulletin of Italian Politics


Since the end of the Cold War, the U.S. has repeatedly engaged its military abroad and has frequently asked Italy and other allies for military support. Governments of the
center-right and center-left have responded favorably to American requests on most ...

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In and out of Iraq: A vote-seeking explanation of Berlusconi's Iraq policy Modern Italy


This article seeks to explain the Iraq policy of Silvio Berlusconi's second government. Why did Berlusconi's government declare 'non-belligerency' when the American-led war with Iraq began in March 2003? Why did the government send a mission of 3,000 Italian troops to ...

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The Prodi government and Italy‐US relations: The case for optimism The International Spectator: Italian Journal of International Affairs


On March 1, 2006, Italy's centre-right Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi addressed a rare joint session of the U.S. Congress. Speaking in the midst of a heated domestic electoral campaign, Berlusconi stressed Italy's solidarity with the U.S., which he referred to as ...

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The Roots of Revisionism: Fascist Italy, 1922-39 Security Studies


The revisionist state has been brought back in to international relations theory. The reintroduction of revisionist states to the study of international relations has provided scholars from a variety of theoretical perspectives ...

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