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Postdoctoral fellow, Clements Center for National Security, University of Texas as Austin
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Cold War; Diplomacy; Military interventions; National Security; Peacekeeping; Reagan administration; U.S. intervention in Lebanon (1982-84); U.S. foreign policy; U.S.-Middle East relations
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Alexandra T. Evans is a postdoctoral fellow at the Clements Center for National Security at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests include U.S. perceptions of threat and change in the international system, the role of reputation in foreign policy, and the efficacy of coercive diplomacy, with a focus on the late Cold War in the Middle East. Her current project uses recently declassified records to evaluate the Reagan administration’s failed diplomatic and military interventions in Lebanon, demonstrating how the intensity and complexity of the country’s violence forced policymakers to confront the limits of U.S. power and the flaws of their own strategic thinking.

Before joining the Clements Center, Evans was an Ernest May Fellow in History & Policy with the Belfer Center for Science & International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Her research on elite decision-making and military interventions has appeared in the Texas National Security Review and her commentary on U.S. foreign policy has been published in the Washington Post and War on the Rocks. She has received grant and fellowship support for her research from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, the Hoover Institution, and the University of Virginia’s Institute of the Humanities & Global Cultures, among others. She received her Ph.D. in History from the University of Virginia and holds a B.A. from Vassar College.

Recent Publications
Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States; Lebanon; Israel
Expertise by Geography
Middle East, United States
Expertise by Chronology
20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
American Presidents, Diplomacy, Military, Politics