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Stephen Collins, Ph.D. - Kennesaw State University. Kennesaw, GA, US

Stephen Collins, Ph.D. Stephen Collins, Ph.D.

Professor of Political Science | Kennesaw State University


Stephen Collins researches American foreign policy, international political economy and security studies.





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Stephen Collins is an associate professor of Political Science and International Affairs at Kennesaw State University. He earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University in 2004. Collins teaches a variety of courses on international affairs and American government, including Introduction to International Politics (POLS 2250), American Foreign Policy (POLS 3350), The Politics of International Economic Relations (POLS 4438), American Government in a Global Perspective (POLS 1101), Comparative Politics (POLS 2240), World Politics and Governance (IPM 7720), and International Political Economy (IPM 7745). The general focus of his research is in the areas of American foreign policy, international political economy, and security studies, with an emphasis on the practice of economic statecraft in the areas of democratization, terrorism, conflict management, and nuclear proliferation.

Industry Expertise (7)

Alternative Dispute Resolution Education/Learning Government Administration Government Relations Legislative Office Public Policy International Affairs

Areas of Expertise (10)

Economic Statecraft Foreign Aid Development Nuclear Proliferation Terrorism Conflict Resolution Democratization American Foreign Policy International Political Economy Conflict Management

Accomplishments (1)

Faculty Scholarship Awarded (professional)


College of Humanities and Social Sciences/Burruss Institute 2009-2010 Faculty Scholarship award.

Education (1)

Johns Hopkins University: Ph.D., Political Science 2004

Affiliations (1)

  • Ambassadors for Change

Media Appearances (2)

A Brexit Chain-Reaction? Think Again

The Sentinel  


Predictions that the Brexit signals the unraveling of the EU are off-base because Britain is a unique case, said Dr. Stephen Collins, associate professor of political science and international affairs at Kennesaw State University.

Rather, Collins notes, polls and history show that Britain has always been uniquely — and famously — ambivalent about European integration, or at least about its participation in the European integration project...

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The alarming consequences of scuttling the Iran nuclear deal

The Conversation  


The fate of the nuclear deal with Iran appears to be in some jeopardy.

Key democrats in Congress – most notably New York Senator Chuck Schumer – have recently announced that they would vote to reject the agreement.

Passage of the agreement is far from a done deal, with more than two dozen Senate Democrats remaining in the uncertain column...

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Recent Papers (6)

The Global Strategic Effects of South-South Foreign Aid The New England Journal of Political Science


States from the Global South, led by China, Venezuela, and Brazil, have become considerably more active in the foreign aid donor community in the past few years. This paper examines the strategic impact of the emerging foreign aid donors. The breadth and ...

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State‐Sponsored Terrorism: In Decline, Yet Still a Potent Threat Politics and Policy


State sponsorship has played a significant facilitating role in terrorist violence. The scope and impact of state support has not, however, remained fixed; nor has its threat potential. This article identifies and depicts three distinct phases of state sponsorship: the peak ...

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Dissuading State Support of Terrorism: Strikes or Sanctions? (An Analysis of Dissuasion Measures Employed Against Libya) Studies in Conflict and Terrorism


This study examines the efficacy of various strategies of dissuading state support for terrorism. Libya represents the principle case study employed to test the impact of military force, unilateral economic sanctions, and multilateral economic sanctions against states which provide support to international terrorist organizations. The frequency of Libyan-supported terrorist attacks declined after the application, in 1986, of U.S. unilateral economic sanctions and military force against the regime of Muammar Qaddafi. However, these measures were unable to reduce the lethality of Libyan-supported terrorism, as the number of individuals killed by Libyan terrorism escalated substantially in the years following American airstrikes and sanctions. After the application of multilateral sanctions in 1992, however, Libya essentially dismantled its terrorist support program. In the decade since the imposition of UN sanctions on Libya, the Qaddafi regime has not been linked to a single attack against Americans. The significant economic and political pressures generated by the broadly multilateral sanctions appear to have induced Libya's departure from the ranks of terrorism sponsors.

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Indigenous rights and internal wars: The Chiapas conflict at 15 years The Social Science Journal


This article examines the origins and outcomes of the indigenous-based Zapatista rebellion launched 15 years ago in Chiapas, Mexico. The precursors responsible for the resistance movement are assessed, as well as the proximate events which convinced the indigenous ...

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Regional trade agreements and democracy promotion: measuring the influence of democracy requirements in regional trade agreements Politics and Policy


This article examines the capacity of regional trade agreements (RTAs) to assist and foster democracy in their respective regions. While the principal raison d'être of RTAs is to stimulate economic growth among its member states, several regional trade associations ...

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Can America finance freedom? Assessing US democracy promotion via economic statecraft Foreign Policy Analysis


Recent discourse on US efforts to promote democracy has focused on military activities; especially the strategic and normative perils of democracy promotion at the point of bayonets. This paper explores the United States' use of economic statecraft to foster ...

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