Peter Campbell, Ph.D., is associate professor of political science in Baylor University’s College of Arts & Sciences. He is the author of two books: “Military Realism: The Logic and Limits of Force and Innovation in the U.S. Army” and “Farewell to the Marshal Statesman: The Decline of Military Experience Among Politicians and its Consequences.”
Campbell studies international security, civil-military relations, strategy and national security decision-making, international relations scholarship and policy relevance, insurgency and counterinsurgency, the just war tradition, unconventional warfare and advanced military technology, military culture, and the effects of cyber capabilities on conflict escalation.
Areas of Expertise (4)
Just War Theory
University of Notre Dame: Ph.D., Political Science
King’s College London, United Kingdom: M.A., War Studies
University of Winnipeg, Canada: B.A.H., Philosophy
Media Appearances (4)
ESSAY: Ulysses S. Grant’s Civil War Memoir and Strategy
Classics of Strategy and Diplomacy online
Grant’s memoir should be ranked among the classics of strategy. It is seemingly inexhaustible, and I do not claim to have wrung out all of its insights here. Grant’s memoir makes it clear that strategy played a key role in his military decision-making. For Grant, strategic concerns sometimes outweighed the more traditional military concerns with supply and logistics. At the same time, Grant knew when a slavish adherence to policy was harmful to the overall strategic aim, as when he paroled the prisoners at Vicksburg. His memoir also makes clear that Grant was exceptionally gifted at reading people and assessing their character for strengths and weakness.
Baylor professors reflect on US Taliban peace agreement
Baylor Lariat print
International affairs scholars David Clinton, Ph.D., professor and chair of the department of political science, and Peter Campbell, Ph.D., assistant professor of political science, share their thoughts on the recent peace agreement between the U.S. and the Taliban.
Central Texans react to U.S.-N. Korea tensions
KWKT-TV (Waco, Temple, Killeen/FOX) tv
VIDEO: Peter Campbell, Ph.D., assistant professor of political science in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, is interviewed about the prospect of an armed conflict between the United States and North Korea. “The actions of the United States are going to play a very important role in how that competition is managed going forward,” said Campbell, who teaches international relations. He said he believes that the Chinese will act to reign in North Korea and that it is unlikely that the United States will go to war.
President Trump Prepares for Summit with North Korea
KWTX-TV (Waco, Temple, Killeen/CBS) tv
International security scholar Peter Campbell, Ph.D., assistant professor of political science in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, sat down with KWTX-TV’s Pete Sousa to discuss the historic summit between President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. Much of the talk leading up to the summit has been about the denuclearization of North Korea. “‘Denuclearization,’ the very term, is going to be up for interpretation by both sides,” Campbell said, adding that the summit is a starting point for the two leaders and diplomatic talks are expected to continue in the days and weeks following.
Research Grants (5)
Carnegie Policy Relevance Project
Carnegie Corporation of New York
2015 - 2017 $462,482 - $30,000 to Baylor for summer salary and additional funds for Baylor student researchers
General and Mrs. Matthew B. Ridgway Military History Scholar
US Army Military History Institute, Carlisle Barracks, PA
2012 - 2013 $1000
Moody Research Grant
Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library
2012 - 2013 Austin, TX ($2,400)
Professional Development Award, Zahm Research Travel Grant
The Graduate School, University of Notre Dame
2012 - 2013 ($3,000) – For research Kennedy Library
Graduate Student Research Award
The Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, University of Notre Dame
2012 - 2013 ($2,000) – For research National Archives, D.C.
Generals in Cyberspace: Liability or AssetOrbis
Forthcoming Spring 2018
Nukes, Guerrillas, and Kennedy’s Army: A Theoretical ReassessmentJournal of Global Security Studies
Under revise and resubmit at peer-reviewed international security journal
The Origins and Implications of Military AutonomyThe Review of Politics
Under review at peer-reviewed political science journal