pfeaverPeter D. Feaver (Ph.D., Harvard, 1990) is a Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at Duke University. He is Director of the Triangle Institute for Security Studies and Director of the Duke Program in American Grand Strategy. Some of his recent university service includes: Member, Task Force on Bias and Hate Issues (2016); Member, Faculty Diversity Task Force (2014-2015); and Chair, University Priorities Committee (2013-2015).

Feaver is author of Armed Servants: Agency, Oversight, and Civil Military Relations (Harvard Press, 2003) and of Guarding the Guardians: Civilian Control of Nuclear Weapons in the United States (Cornell University Press, 1992). He is co author with Christopher Gelpi and Jason Reifler of Paying the Human Costs of War (Princeton Press, 2009); with Susan Wasiolek and Anne Crossman of Getting the Best Out of College (Ten Speed Press, 2008, 2nd edition 2012); and with Christopher Gelpi of Choosing Your Battles: American Civil Military Relations and the Use of Force (Princeton Press, 2004). He is co editor, with Richard H. Kohn of Soldiers and Civilians: The Civil, Military Gap and American National Security (MIT Press, 2001). He has published numerous other monographs, scholarly articles, book chapters, and policy pieces on grand strategy, American foreign policy, public opinion, nuclear proliferation, civil military relations, and cyberwar.

From June 2005 to July 2007, Feaver served as Special Advisor for Strategic Planning and Institutional Reform on the National Security Council Staff at the White House where his responsibilities included the national security strategy, regional strategy reviews, and other political military issues. In 1993-94, Feaver served as Director for Defense Policy and Arms Control on the National Security Council at the White House where his responsibilities included the national security strategy review, counter proliferation policy, regional nuclear arms control, and other defense policy issues. He is a member of the Aspen Strategy Group, blogs at, and is a Contributing Editor to Foreign Policy magazine.