Jon Western is Five College Professor of International Relations at Mount Holyoke College and the FiveColleges, Inc. and Chair of the Five College International Relations Program. He also chairs the MHC Nexus on Law, Public Policy, and Human Rights.
His teaching and research interests focus on U.S. foreign policy, international security, human rights, and humanitarian affairs. He teaches courses such as American Foreign Policy; International Human Rights; International Security Policy; U.S. Foreign Policy, Human Rights and Democracy Promotion; and International Human Rights Advocacy in Theory and Practice -- a linked course with Professor Rogelio Miñana’s course in Spanish and Latin American Studies titled The Other and New Media.
Western is the author of Selling Intervention and War: The Presidency, the Media, and the American Public (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005). He is the co-editor of The International Community and Statebuilding: Getting Its Act Together? (Rutledge, 2012) and co-editor of Global Giant: Is China Changing the Rules of the Game (Palgrave, 2009). His most recent manuscript titled Why Bother? The Rise and Fall of Liberal Statebuilding from Sarajevo to Kabul will be published in early 2014. He is currently managing two additional research projects on post-hegemonic global governance and on international responses to mass atrocity violence.
Prior to joining the Mount Holyoke faculty, Western served as a Peace Scholar-in-residence and the coordinator of the Dayton Upgrade Project at the United States Institute of Peace. He has taught at Columbia University and George Washington University and served as a Balkans analyst in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research at the U.S. Department of State. He holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University, an M.P.P. from the University of Michigan, and B.A. from Macalester College.
Western's articles have appeared in numerous publications including Foreign Affairs, Security Studies, International Security, Ethnopolitics, Harvard International Review, Perspectives on Politics, and Political Science Quarterly. He is a regular contributor to Duck of Minerva, a blog focusing on International Relations, and he writes a monthly column for Current Intelligence, a British journal on politics and culture.
- "A Taboo Worth Protecting," Foreign Affairs, September 9, 2013
- "Washington Post: Western on Syria," Washington Post, September 3, 2013
- "Syria and the Responsibility to Protect", America Abroad, August 2013
- "Western on Complexities of Statebuilding," Office of Communications, March 21, 2012
- "Siddiqui: Embers of extremism threaten Bosnia," The Star, November 12, 2011
- "Humanitarian Intervention Comes of Age," Foreign Affairs, November 2, 2011
- "Western on the Need for Support in the Balkans," Foreign Affairs, June 23, 2011
- "Bosnia’s tough choices," Global Post, May 2, 2010
- "Jon Western on Help for Haiti," Office of Communications, February 2, 2010
- "The Death of Dayton: How to Stop Bosnia From Falling Apart," Foreign Affairs, September/October 2009
- "MHC's Western on Bosnia," National Public Radio, August 30, 2009
- "The Promise of Human Rights," Office of Communications, December 11, 2008
- "The Promise of Human Rights," Daily Hampshire Gazette, December 10, 2008
- "Baghdad or Bust," Hartford Courant, September 10, 2002