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CAPT Brigid Myers Pavilonis
U.S. Coast Guard Academy
Humanities Department
27 Mohegan Avenue
New London, CT 06320
(860) 701-6532
CAPT Brigid Myers Pavilonis
Professor of International Relations
Humanities Department
U.S. Coast Guard Academy

Captain Pavilonis is a specialist in International Security Studies and Conflict Resolution and has been a member of the USCGA Humanities Department since 1999. Her research interests include: Irregular War, Armed Groups, Stabilization and Democratization.  

  • Ph.D. in International Relations, 2010, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University 2010
  • Dissertation entitled “Understanding Irregular Wars: The Influence of Planning and Perception on Operational Outcomes.”
  • Masters in Law and Diplomacy, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in 1999
  • Bachelor of Science, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, 1991

Courses Taught:
  • International Relations
  • Irregular War
  • International Negotiation: Theory and Practice
  • Contemporary Foreign Policy
  • American Foreign Policy
  • American Foreign Policy
  • U.S. History
  • National Security Policy
  • Western Political Theory
  • Principles of American Government

Selected Publications and Presentations:
  • “Irregular War in Afghanistan: Success in Combat; Struggles in Stabilization.” Handook of War and Society. Co-edited by Morton Ender and Steven Carlton-Ford. Chapter in forthcoming publication-expected Spring 2010
  • "Fighting Other Wars:’ Evaluating the Past as a Guide for the Future.” Paper Presented at International Studies Association Annual Conference entitled Exploring the Past: Anticipating the Future. New York, NY, Feb 15-18, 2009.
  • “Operation Enduring Freedom: A Case Study assessing U.S. Performance in Small War.” Paper Presented at the International Studies Association 49th Annual Convention in San Francisco, CA, March 25-29, 2008.
  • “Assessing Operation Iraqi Freedom: Fighting Small and Planning Big.” Paper presented at International Studies Association Northeast Annual Conference, Baltimore MD, October 2-4, 2008.
  • “Modernizing the ‘American Way of War’ for the 21st Century Security Environment” Paper presented at the International Security Arms Control Section of American Political Science Association and International Security Studies Section of International Studies Association Conference (ISAC/ISSS/) in Montreal Canada, October 19-20, 2007.

Professional Activities:
  • Faculty Panel Chair, Joint Service Conference entitled The End of War? The Role of the U.S. Military in an Era of Persistent Conflict. Discussant for “U.S. Role in an Era of Persistent Conflict.” April 8-10 2009. Participant, “Towards a Successful 2009 Afghan Presidential Election.” Conference sponsored by the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies, Washington DC, July 28-29, 2008.
  • Faculty Chair, Joint-Service Cantigny Conference entitled “Service in America, 21st Century Challenges” Panel discussant for “Humanitarian Service Abroad” Chicago, IL. April 16-18 2008.
  • Faculty Co-Chair, Joint Service Cantigny Conference entitled “United States Democratization Efforts: Goals, Challenges, Tools and Strategy.” Panel discussant for “Instruments of Democratization,” Chicago, IL, April 2007.
  • Co-Chair, Global Threats to National Security, Student Council on U.S. Affairs, United States Military Academy, West Point, NY, November 2000.

  • CG Commendation Medal with Operational Distinguishing device (2)
  • CG Achievement Medal (2)

Professional Memberships:
  • Member, International Studies Association, 2006 - present
  • Member American Political Science Association, 2008 - present
  • Term member, Council on Foreign Relations