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Etel Solingen


Professor Solingen is a Distinguished Professor and the Thomas T. and Elizabeth C. Tierney Chair in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of California Irvine. She received the 2018 William and Katherine Estes Award from the National Academy of Sciences recognizing basic research on issues relating to nuclear weapons. She is a former President of the International Studies Association and the recipient of the 2019 Distinguished Scholar award in International Security. Her book Nuclear Logics: Contrasting Paths in East Asia and the Middle East won the American Political Science Associations Woodrow Wilson Award for best book in the discipline of political science, and the ISAs Jervis and Schroeder Award for best book on International History and Politics. Solingen studies the reciprocal influence between international political economy and international security, regional orders, and international diffusion, among other topics. Her other books include Regional Orders at Century's Dawn; Comparative Regionalism; Industrial Policy, Technology, and International Bargaining, and edited collections on Sanctions, Statecraft, and Nuclear Proliferation, The Politics of International and Regional Diffusion, and Scientists and the State. Her articles on international relations theory, political economy, international and regional security, international institutions, nuclear proliferation, democratization, and science and technology appeared in International Security, American Political Science Review, International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, Comparative Politics, Journal of Peace Research, Journal of Theoretical Politics, Global Governance, Review of International Studies, Journal of Democracy, International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, and New Political Economy, among others.

Solingen also served as Chair of the Steering Committee of the University of California's systemwide Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, President of ISA's International Political Economy Section, President of APSA's International History and Politics Section, and member of the APSA's Presidential Taskforce on U.S. Standing in World Affairs. She received a MacArthur Foundation Research and Writing Award on Peace and International Cooperation, Social Science Research Council-Mac Arthur Foundation Fellowship on Peace and Security in a Changing World, Japan Foundation/SSRC Abe Fellowship, Center for Global Partnership/Japan Foundation fellowship, APSA Excellence in Mentorship Award, Distinguished Teaching Award from UC Irvine's Academic Senate, and grants from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, United States Institute of Peace, Sloan Foundation, Columbia Foundation, University of California's Office of the President Laboratory Fees Research Program, Univ. of California's IGCC, and Univ. of California's Pacific Rim grants, among others. She served as Review Essay Editor for the journal International Organization and in the editorial boards of the APSR, International Security, International Studies Quarterly, International Interactions, Global Governance, Stanford University Press Studies in Asian Security; Social Science Research Network; Columbia University Press International Affairs Online, Latin American Research Review, European Review of International Studies, Asian Journal of Peacebuilding, and Nonproliferation Review, among others.

Recent Publications

The Uncertain Future of Global Supply Chains
Sept. 8, 2021
From U.S.-China trade wars and the COVID-19 pandemic, to the mounting effects of climate change, global supply chains are under severe strain. In this episode of Talking Policy, Etel Solingen, a distinguished professor and the Thomas T. and Elizabeth C. Tierney chair in Peace and Conflict Studies at UC Irvine, weighs in on what’s at stake, and shares lessons from her new volume, Geopolitics, Supply Chains, and International Relations in East Asia.

Geopolitics, Supply Chains, and International Relations in East Asia
July 23, 2021
Global supply chains connect the world in unprecedented and intricate ways—but what role do they play in interstate conflict and cooperation? Geopolitics, Supply Chains, and International Relations in East Asia, an edited volume supported in part by IGCC through the University of California Office of the President Laboratory Fees Research Program, dissects the sources and effects of contemporary disruptions of these networks. Edited by distinguished professor and IGCC affiliated researcher Etel Solingen of UC Irvine, the volume sheds light on whether a highly interdependent “Factory Asia” and Asia-Pacific can withstand geopolitical, geo-economic, and pandemic threats.

(Re)Evaluating the Politics of Global Supply Chains
Sept. 2, 2020 | Lindsay Morgan interviews Etel Solingen
Global supply chains connect the world in unprecedented and complex ways. COVID-19 and the rise of economic nationalism have catapulted supply chains back to center stage. In this interview, Etel Solingen, Distinguished Professor and Thomas T. and Elizabeth C. Tierney Chair in Peace Studies at the University of California Irvine, who leads IGCC’s Great Power research group on the role of design and production networks, talks about the effects of contemporary geopolitical tensions on global supply chains in East Asia.