The Catholic University of America

Sept. 4, 2013

CUA Experts on Syrian Conflict and Use of Force

Experts at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., are available to discuss the Syrian conflict and use of force, the just war tradition, NATO, European responses to recent U.S. statements of military action, and the dynamic between the Office of the President and the Congress in discussions of possible U.S. military action in Syria.

For assistance in reaching sources, contact Katie Lee or Mary McCarthy Hines at 202-319-5600.

• CONGRESSIONAL POLITICS — Matt Green, associate professor, politics, is an expert in congressional politics, U.S. elections, political leadership, and American political development. He is the author of The Speaker of the House: A Study of Leadership (2010, Yale University Press), and his research has appeared in a number of journals, including American Politics Research, Electoral Studies, Legislative Studies Quarterly, PS: Political Science & Politics, Political Research Quarterly, and Polity. He is a fellow at CUA’s Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies and was a Brookings Institution Research Fellow in 2002-2003. Green may be reached at 202-319-5667 or

• U.S. PRESIDENCY — Phillip Henderson, associate professor and chair of the Department of Politics, is the author of Managing the Presidency: The Eisenhower Legacy, and editor of The Presidency Then and Now. He is currently writing Groupthink Revisited: The Bush Administration and the Iraq War. He has published articles and book chapters in Perspectives on Political Science, Presidential Studies Quarterly, The Political Science Reviewer, The Presidency Then and Now, and The Presidency and National Security Policy. Teaching interests include: U.S. political leadership since 1789, national security decision-making, the U.S. presidency, and American national institutions. Henderson may be reached at 202-319-6226 or

• WORLD POLITICS — Dorle Hellmuth, assistant professor, politics, is an expert on European politics, nuclear non-proliferation, and U.S. national security and foreign affairs. Hellmuth has held appointments as assistant professor at American University’s School of International Service, and as a research fellow at the National War College, National Defense University. She is currently completing a book manuscript on the effects of government structures in shaping counter-terrorism policies in Germany, the United States, Great Britain, and France. She has co-published articles and book chapters in Democracy and Security, The Nonproliferation Review, and Beyond Sovereignty. Her publications also include policy papers published by the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies in Washington, D.C. where she is a non-resident fellow. Hellmuth can be reached at 202-319-4189 or

• THE ETHICS OF FORCE and JUST WAR TRADITION — Maryann Cusimano Love, associate professor of politics, can discuss ethics and use of force. She is on the Core Group for the Secretary of State's Working Group on Religion and Foreign Policy, charged with making recommendations to the Secretary of State and the Federal Advisory Commission on how the U.S. government can better engage with religious actors and factors in foreign policy. Her recent international relations books include Beyond Sovereignty: Issues for a Global Agenda (4th Edition 2011, Wadsworth), Morality Matters: Ethics and the War on Terrorism (forthcoming, Cornell University Press), and What Kind of Peace Do We Seek?, a book chapter on peacebuilding. She serves as an adviser to the U.S. Catholic bishops, the Catholic Peacebuilding Network, Jesuit Refugee Services, Georgetown's Institute for the Study of Diplomacy. She was a fellow at the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, and teaches in the Pentagon as part of CUA's graduate program there. Cusimano Love can be reached at 202-319-5128 or by e-mail at

• INTERNATIONAL LEGAL ISSUES — Antonio F. Perez, professor at CUA's Columbus School of Law, can discuss a broad range of international and constitutional law issues concerning use of force, sanctions, and weapons of mass destruction. He has written widely on international and constitutional legal issues, including just war theory and war powers. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a former member of the Juridical Committee of the Organization of American States. While serving in the U.S. State Department's Office of the Legal Adviser, he worked extensively on UN sanctions and nuclear non-proliferation issues. Perez can be reached at 703-850-5764.

• U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUES — Wallace Thies, professor of politics, specializes in U.S. national security policy. He is the author of three books – one on military strategy in the Vietnam War and two on politics within the Atlantic Alliance – as well as about 20 articles on various topics related to military strategy and national security issues. In 1979 and 1980, he worked in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs in the U.S. Department of State as an international affairs fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations, and in 1989 he was a NATO research fellow. Thies can be reached at 202-319-6230 (office) or 301-774-1264 (home) or by email:

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