Faculty & Staff

Albert Wolf, Ph.D. in Political Science

Assistant Professor

International and Comparative Politics Department

Division of Social Sciences


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  • Foreign Policy Analysis (ICP 318.2)
  • Iranian Security and Foreign Policy (ICP 301)

Ph.D. in Political Science, University of California, Irvine (2014).

M.A. in Political Science, The Ohio State University (2006).

B.A. in Political Science Magna Cum Laude, with Distinction, The Ohio State University (2005) - Magna Cum Laude, with Distinction; Award for Best Senior Thesis in Political Science.

International Relations Theory (Security Studies, Strategic Studies; Regional Focus on the Middle East).

Dr. Albert B. Wolf is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the American University of Central Asia (AUCA). 
He has experience working in the Middle East, having taught and  conducted research throughout the region. He earned his doctorate in 2014 after having written his dissertation on the Arab-Israeli dispute.  He subsequently held a post-doctoral fellowship at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, after which he taught in Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, and Iraq.  He also worked on Capitol Hill and consulted for three U.S. presidential campaigns on foreign policy. 
He has been published in peer-reviewed journals (such as International Security, Polity, Comparative Strategy, Middle East Policy, Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs, and  (forthcoming) Journal of Applied History), published several op-eds (Foreign Policy, The Washington Post, The Hill, Roll Call, World Politics Review, The National Interest, U.S. News and World Report, and The Houston Chronicle), and pieces for a number of think tanks (Atlantic Council, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s Sada Journal, and the Middle East Institute). 
He is currently completing a book project on coercive diplomacy and the Iranian nuclear program. 

  • Biased Mediation and the  Lessons  of Westphalia  for the  Iran Nuclear Crisis,”  (Forthcoming, Journal  of  Applied History). “Strategies  of Retrenchment:  Rethinking America’s  Commitments  to the  Middle  East,” Comparative  Strategy, Vol. 39, No. 1 (February 2020).     
  • “After JCPOA:  American Grand Strategy Towards  Iran,”  Comparative  Strategy, Vol. 37, No. 1 (February 2018). 
  • “Backing Down and Domestic Political Survival in Israel:  Audience Costs and the Lebanon War of 2006,”  Polity  (August  2016). 
  • “After the  Iran Deal:  Competing Visions  for Israel’s  Nuclear Posture,”  Comparative  Strategy, Vol. 35, No. 2 (July  2016). 
  • “The  Arab Street  and the  Middle  East  Peace  Process:  Do Non-Democratic  Institutions Constrain or Inform?”  Israel  Journal  of  Foreign Affairs,  Vol. 9, No. 2 (July 2015). 
  • “The  Arab Street:  Effects  of the  Six Day War,”  Middle  East  Policy, Vol. 22, No. 2 (Summer 2015), pp. 1-15. 
  • “Peacemaking and Political  Survival  in Sadat’s  Egypt,”  Middle  East  Policy, Vol. 21, Issue  2 (Summer 2014), pp. 127-139. 
  • “Correspondence:  ‘Closing the  Deal  with Iran,’”  Survival, Vol. 55, No. 2 (April-May, 2013). 
  • “Distraction Theory of War,”  “Colonial  Wars,”  and “War Termination.”  International Encyclopedia of  Political  Science, 2011. 
  • “Structural  Sources  of  China’s  Territorial  Compromises,”  International  Security,  Vol.  31,  No. 2 (Fall  2006) (correspondence  with M. Taylor Fravel).

Additional Publications:

Foreign Policy, Sada Journal (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace), Middle East Institute, Atlantic Council, Royal United Service Institute, Australian Strategic Policy Institute, The Washington Post, The Hill, Roll Call, U.S. News and World Report, The National Interest, The Houston Chronicle,  The Washington Examiner, Haaretz, Ynet, Entekhab (Persian), The Daily Star, and The Jerusalem Post.  

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