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John Mitton

Visiting Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science, Science Building
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, NL A1B 3X9 Canada
Phone: (709) 864-2551
Email: jlmitton[at]mun[dot]ca


B.A. (Bishop’s), M.A. (Dalhousie), PhD (ABD – Dalhousie)

Research Interests
International Relations, International Security, International Rivalry, American & Canadian Foreign Policy, Civil Conflicts

Courses Taught
POSC 1000 Introduction to Politics and Government, POSC 1001 Critical Reading and Writing
POSC 4280 American Foreign Policy, POSC 4230 Theories of International Relations

John Mitton is a PhD Candidate (ABD) in the Department of Political Science at Dalhousie University. In 2016-17, he was a Visiting Fulbright Scholar in the School of International Relations at the University of Southern California. His dissertation research examines the intervention into civil conflict by international rivals. Related work addresses the importance of reputation and credibility in the context of international crises.



2017. Fighting for Credibility: US Reputation and International Politics (with Frank Harvey). University of Toronto Press.

Journal Articles

2017 “Rivalry Intervention in Civil Conflicts: Afghanistan (India-Pakistan), Angola (USSR-USA), Lebanon (Israel-Syria),” forthcoming in Canadian Foreign Policy Journal.

2016 “History, Science, and the Study of International Rivalry,” Journal of Military and Strategic Studies 17 (1): 61-82.

2015 “Fighting for Credibility: US Reputation Building in Asymmetric Conflicts from the Gulf War to Syria (1991-2013)” (with Frank Harvey) Canadian Journal of Political Science 48 (3): 503-530.

2015 “Selling Schelling Short: Reputations and American Coercive Diplomacy after Syria,” Contemporary Security Policy 36 (3): 408-431.

2014 “The India-Pakistan Rivalry and Failure in Afghanistan,” International Journal 69 (3): 353-376.

Book Chapters

2016 “Whose Norm is it Anyway? Mediating Contested Norm Histories in Iraq (2003) and Syria (2013)” (with Frank Harvey) in Alan Bloomfield and Shirley V. Scott (eds.) Norm Antipreneurs: The Politics of Resistance to Global Normative Change (Taylor & Francis.)

2011 “Autocratic Revival? Optimism, Pessimism and the Future of Russia’s International Relationships” (with Frank Harvey) in Jean-Michel Lacroix (ed) Les Relations Canada- Etats-Unis Revisitées (New York: Peter Lang). pp. 49-86.