Steven Ekovich

Professor

  • Department: International and Comparative Politics
  • Office: 
    G-L11
  • Office Hours: 
    by appointment

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Professor Ekovich is currently a professor in the International and Comparative Politics Department. He specializes and publishes on U.S. politics and foreign policy. Previously, he was associate professor at the École Polytechnique (1984-2000). Ekovich also lectured and consulted abroad during this time, visiting almost 30 countries in Europe, Africa and Central Asia. In 1999-2000 Ekovich was the first American to participate in the 52nd National Session of the Institut des Hautes Études de Défense Nationale (the French War College). He was also a consultant for both the Secrétariat Général de la Défense Nationale (the approximate equivalent of the U.S. National Security Council) and the French Ministry of Defense between 1992 and 1997.

While Ekovich has wide consulting experience, he has also had an extensive career in academics. He has been an associate professor at the Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris, lecturer at the Institut Supérieur d’Armement et Défense at the University of Paris II, tutor at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1995-2001), guest lecturer at the University of Paris I-Sorbonne (2000), lecturer at the Institut d’Études Economiques et Sociales de l’Institut Catholique (1997-1999), the École Normale Supérieure de Cachan (1996-1998), the École Militaire Saint-Cyr, and  Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC) in 1985-1992.  In 1990 he was a Senior Fulbright Professor at the Tunisian Foreign Ministry. 



Education/Degrees

  • BA, MA, PhD, University of California, Irvine.

Publications

  • “Washington – Parigi: Alleate Riluttanti” in the prestigious geopolitics journal of Italy Limes: Rivista Italiana di Geopolitica (No. 3, 2012).
  • « Le New START Treaty : un traité nécessaire ou dépassé ? » in Revue Défense Nationale (juin 2012, no. 751).
  • “Le Printemps Arabe, la Tunisie et les Etats-Unis” in Proceedings of a conference in Tunis on La révolution tunisienne : début d’une nouvelle ère dans les pays arabes sponsored by the Fondation Temimi and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung en Tunisie (2012).
  • “Les Etats-Unis et le Grand Maghreb” in Proceedings of a conference in Zaghouan, Tunisia on Le Coût du Non-Maghreb, sponsored by the Fondation Temimi and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung en Tunisie (2012).
  • “La Déclaration d’Indépendence Américaine de 1776,” in Rahim Kherad, ed. Les declarations unilatérales d’indépendences, (Editions A. Pedone, Paris, 2012).
  • “The Cold War and the Media: Lessons of America in Vietnam,” published in The Ashgate Research Companion to War: Origins and Prevention, Hall Gardner and Oleg Kobzeff, eds. (Ashgate, 2012).
  •  “U.S. – Israel relations,” text of a presentation made at the French Senate on the topic of Israeli diplomacy: “Israel à l’heure des revolutions arabes.” (May 2012).
  •  “US Foreign Policy under President Obama and the Challenge of Pakistan” in The Journal of Independent Studies and Research (Volume 9, Number 1, January, 2011).
  •  “L’esprit révolutionnaire et ses fondements philosophiques: l’exemple américain de 1776” in L’ENA Hors les Murs (Septembre 2011, No. 414)
  • Published « New START Treaty : Traité nécessaire ou ringard ? » in Russie, où vas-tu ?  (Actes du Colloque à l’Assemblée Nationale, 5 février 2011).
  • February 10, a published version of the presentation made at the annual IFRI conference on the Untied States was made available at  http://www.ifri.org/index.php?page=detail-contribution&id=6240&id_provenance=106&lang=fr
  • “Reporting the War in Vietnam: Challenging the Myth,” in Security and the Military between Reality and Perception, Marjan Malesic and Gerhard Kümmel, eds. (Nomos, 2011)
  • “La Longue Durée et La Politique Étrangère des États-Unis” in Géostratégiques (4e Trimestre 2010, No. 29). 
  • “Le Pakistan de Barack Obama” in Géostratégiques (3e Trimestre, No. 28, 2010). 
  • “Démocratie, globalisation et production post-moderne, ” in Démocratisation et développement durable au Maghreb et en Europe, sous la direction du Abdeljelil Temimi (Fondation Temimi pour la Recherche Scientifique et l’Information & la Délégation Wallonie-Bruxelles: Tunis, Juin 2010).
  • “La Destruction Atomique d’Hiroshima et de Nagasaki: Incertitudes Historiques et Dilemmes Éthiques” in Géostratégiques (1er Trimestre 2010, No. 26).
  • “The Contradictions and Dilemmas of Self Amnesty” in the Acts of the 11th Yearly Session of the International Summit on Transnational Crime organized by the Crans Montana Forum at the National Assembly of France, November 12 & 13, 2009
  • “Stosunki Kataru ze Stanami Zjednoczonymui” a Polish translation of a chapter on U.S. foreign policy and Qatar in a collective work Państwo Katar (Ibidem Lodz, 2009), edited by Robert A. Czulda.
  • “The Culture of Democratic Public Administration and Military Culture” in Western Balkans Security Observer (Year 4, No. 14 July-September 2009). Also published in Serbo-Croatian as “Kultura demokratske javne uprave i vojna cultura.” 
  • “European Integration and the United States: Shared Prosperity and Shared Crises” in Political, Economic and Social Challenges of the Balkan Countries in the Process of European Integration (Epoka University Publication, 2009). 
  • “American Views of European Integration: A History” in the Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Economic Integrations, Competition and Cooperation held in Opatija, Croatia, May 2009
  • “La Puissance Américaine: Déclin ou Ajustement?” in Géostratégiques (mai 2009, N° 23) 
  • “Les Questions Soulevées par la Plan Obama” in Constructif (Mars 2009, N° 22). Also available in English. http://www.constructif.fr/Article_42_73_558/Les_questions_soulevees_par_le_plan_Obama.html
  • “Enjeux et Perspectives Politiques de l’OSCE” in L’OSCE Trente Ans Après l’Acte de Helsinki, sous la direction de Emmanuel Decaux et Serge Sur (Editions A. Pedone, 2008).
  • “Défense et sécurité des démocraties occidentales: une vision américaine” in Europe de la défense et opinion publique (CIDAN, 2008)
  • “Prolégomènes à toutes considérations sur la sécurité en Mediterranée” in EurOrient: La Mediterranée à l’épreuve de la mondialisations (N° 27, 2008)
  • « Options et Contraintes des États-Unis face à l’Iran » in Géostratégiques (janvier 2008 – N° 18 
  • « Les ONG et la Politique Étrangère des États-Unis » in Géostratégiques (avril 2007 - N° 16 
  • Avec Djamshid Assadi et Hall Gardner, «Table ronde: Vers une nouvelle politique américaine au Moyen Orient? » in EurOrient : Le Levant Face à son Destin (N° 24, 2007)
  • « Les États-Unis, l’Europe et les crises au Moyen-Orient »   Géostratégiques (février 2007 - N° 15). 
  • « Les États-Unis et la réforme de l’ONU: Idéalisme et Réalisme » in Géostratégiques  (novembre 2006 - N° 14). 
  • « La Vision Américaine »  in Où va l’Iran (ISN Publishing House: Fondation pour La Recherche Stratégique, 2006).
  • « La géosociologie de la diaspora arménienne » in Géostratégiques  (avril 2006 - N° 12 
  • « Nucléaire iranien: le dernier recours? » in Journal d’Iran, No. 8 (July-August 2006).
  • “États-Unis – Iran: La longue quête de valeurs et d’intérêts communs » in Géostratégiques  (Décembre 2005 - N° 10 Edition spécial) 
  • « Les impacts des relations diplomatiques franco-américaines sur le développement de la démocratie en Moyen-Orient : le cas du Liban » in Terre d’islam en devenir : Moncratie ou démocratie ? (Eurorient 2005, No. 19)
  • « Une vision de la relation entre la France et les États-Unis » in La Lettre Diplomatique (2005 No. 69)
  • « La formation de la nation américaine, son identité » in  Actes du Colloque « France et Etats-Unis: Un avenir commun ! » (ICES, 2005). 
  • « Liberalisme et militarisme aux États-Unis des origines à l’âge post-industriel » in Politique Américaine (no. 2, Eté-Automne 2005)
  • « Campagnes à l'Américaine » in Texte et Documents Pour la Classe (No. 889, February 2005). http://www.cndp.fr/revueTDC/889-69309.htm
  • Qui est John Kerry ? (Editions Pepper, 2004)
  • “Iran and New Threats in the Persian Gulf and Middle East” in Orbis (the Foreign Policy Research Institute's quarterly journal of world affairs) Winter 2004, Volume 48, Number 1.
  • Avec A.S. Fatemi et J. Assadi “GCC, an emerging power in the Persian Gulf?” in Les pétro-dynasties du Golfe: Vrais ou faux dragons? (Eurorient 2004, No. 17).
  • “La ville de New York: d’une gestion corporatiste fermée à la démocratie elective et au service public,” in Regards Croisés sur New York (Editions du Temps, 2004)
  • “Iran and the New Threats in the Persian Gulf and Middle East since 9/11” in NATO and the European Union, ed. Hall Gardner (Ashgate 2004)
  • "L'État et le marché doivent travailler ensemble", in  Défense (septembre-octobre 2004, No. 112)
  • "Welfare and Personal Responsibility: The View from America," in Strategic Prospective (No. 19-20, September-December 2004), a publication of the Centre d'Etude et de Prospective Stratégique.
  • « George W. Bush: Vers une nouvelle politique étrangère », Géostratégiques  (janvier 2001 - N° 1, 
  • “George W. Bush : A New Foreign Policy for a New President?”, Geostrategics (February 2001 – N° 1)
  • « L'États-Unis et L'Allemagne: Une Longue Relation Profonde et Parfois Turbulente », Géostratégiques  ( février 2001 - N° 2), 
  • “Relations Between the United States and Germany: Deep and Troubled Waters”, Geostrategics (March 2001 – N° 2)
  • « Les États-Unis: de la défense du libéralisme au nécessaire libéralisme de la défense », Geostrategiques  (avril 2001 - N° 4 ), 
  • Plus newspaper and news magazine articles.  Also frequently cited by French and American journalists.  Frequent political commentator on French radio and television. Frequent videoconferences with African political, government and opinion leaders. Papers delivered at numerous professional conferences. 

Conferences & Lectures

Professional presentations and conferences
  • May 15, Made a presentation in Kiev on “American Views of European Integration: An Overview” for the Institute of Global Transformations, held at the Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine (Ministry of Foreign Affairs). Attending was the diplomatic corps stationed in Kiev as well as Ukrainian diplomats and researchers.
  • June 28 – 30 Participated in a conference (“Addressing a Changing World!”) in Baku, Azerbaijan organized by CransMontana Forum under the high patronage of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
  • July 11: Gave a presentation on “The Role of the Military in the Tunisian Revolution” at a conference under the auspices of the International Sociological Association (Research Committee on Armed Forces and Conflict Resolution). The presentation was part of a panel entitled “Fragile and Conflict-affected Countries: New Approaches in Countering Vicious Cycles of Conflict.” Held in Maribor, Slovenia.
  • September 12 gave a talk on “National Politics, Economic Policy and Successful Entrepreneurship” at a conference in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The conference was under the high patronage of the President of Uzbekistan.
  • September 27 – 29 Participated in a conference in Zaghouan, Tunisia, on “Le coût du non-Magreb.” Gave a paper on the United States and the Grand Maghreb (published in the Proceedings). 
  • October 22 participated in a closed conference on Mali and the Sahel organized by the French Ministry of Defense and the U.S. Embassy in Paris. In attendance were U.S., French and African ambassadors and diplomats from the region as well as African defense attachés and U.S. generals from Africa Command in Stuttgart.
  • November 30 presented a paper on the role of the military in the Tunisian revolution at a conference in Copenhagen. A conference on “The Development of the State: Civil-Military Institutions” hosted by the Centre for Military Studies and the Department of Political Science at the University of Copenhagen.
  • February 12-16 participated in the Forum de Bamako on “Crisis of the State, Conflicts and National Reconciliation.” The only American invited to participate. Other participants included the current Malian Prime Minister, previous prime ministers and foreign ministers, as well as those from other ministries, and ministers from neighboring countries. Local elected officials were also there, for example the deputy mayors of Timbuktu, Gao and Bourem. Also present were high-ranking military officers, political party leaders, current and former diplomats (including the French and American ambassadors), as well as leaders of civil society. The first two days of the forum were dedicated to the role of women, attended mostly by Malian women, but also by their West African colleagues in government and civil society positions of leadership. Anthropologists and researchers in political and social sciences were also invited.
  • April 5-7 made a presentation “The Role of the Media in the Tunisian Revolution” at a conference on “Liberty and Human Rights” at Cairo University
  • April 12 Presented my work on the Role of the Military in the Tunisian Revolution at a conference in Tunis on “La transition démocratique au Maghreb: État et perspectives”  Collected additional research on the topic.
Public presentations and lectures
  • August 28 – September 1 – Gave a series of lectures in Niamey, Niger on the U.S. presidential election. Met with political party leaders and civil society leaders in order to compare and contrast Nigerien elections with American elections. Appeared on Nigerien radio and television. Met with university colleagues, researchers and students.
  • September 2 – 6 Gave a series of lectures in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso on the U.S. presidential election. Met with political party leaders and civil society leaders in order to compare and contrast Burkinabé elections with American elections. Met with diplomats. Appeared on radio and television. Met with university colleagues, researchers and students.
  • September 20 gave a videoconference from the U.S. Embassy in Paris on the U.S. elections with journalists, students, political leaders, civil society leaders in Bamako, Mali.
  • October 4 gave a talk to the Rotary Club of Fontainebleau on the U.S. elections.

Affiliations

Faculty sponsor of Student Veterans Association

Research Areas

Engaged in research on the revolution in Tunisia

Curriculum Vitae