Branislav L. Slantchev

Curriculum Vitae

CURRENT POSITION: July 2012 – present

Department of Political Science
University of California San Diego
Google: Scholar Citations
Born: July 16, 1973
Citizenship: Bulgaria, United States





Military Threats: The Costs of Coercion and the Price of Peace.
Cambridge University Press, 2011.

Amazon sells both the hardcover and paperback editions.

Here are some reviews:


  1. The Power to Hurt: Costly Conflict with Completely Informed States.
    American Political Science Review, Vol. 97, No. 1, pp. 123-33, February, 2003.
  2. The Principle of Convergence in Wartime Negotiations.
    American Political Science Review, Vol. 97, No. 4, pp. 621-32, November, 2003.
  3. How Initiators End Their Wars: The Duration of Warfare and the Terms of Peace.
    American Journal of Political Science, Vol. 48, No. 4, pp. 813-29, October, 2004.
  4. The Political Economy of Simultaneous Transitions: An Empirical Test of Two Models.
    Political Research Quarterly, Vol. 58, No. 2, pp. 279-94, June, 2005.
  5. Probabilistic Causality, Selection Bias, and the Logic of the Democratic Peace. (With Anna Alexandrova and Erik Gartzke.)
    American Political Science Review, Vol. 99, No. 3, pp. 459-62, August, 2005.
  6. Military Coercion in Interstate Crises.
    American Political Science Review, Vol. 99, No. 4, pp. 533-547, November, 2005.
  7. Territory and Commitment: The Concert of Europe as Self-Enforcing Equilibrium.
    Security Studies, Vol. 14, No. 4, pp. 565-606, October-December, 2005.
  8. Politicians, the Media, and Domestic Audience Costs.
    International Studies Quarterly, Vol. 50, No. 2, pp. 445-477, June, 2006.
  9. The Armed Peace: A Punctuated Equilibrium Theory of War. (With Bahar Leventoğlu.)
    American Journal of Political Science, Vol. 51, No. 4, pp. 755-771, October, 2007.
  10. Choosing How To Cooperate: A Repeated Public-Goods Model of International Relations. (With Tamar London and Randall Stone.)
    International Studies Quarterly, Vol. 52, No. 2, pp. 335-362, June, 2008.
  11. Game Theory and Other Modeling Approaches. (With Frank Zagare.)
    In International Studies Encyclopedia, edited by Robert A. Denemark, Vol. IV, pp. 2591-2610. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.
  12. Feigning Weakness.
    International Organization, Vol. 64, No. 3, pp. 357-388, Summer, 2010.
  13. Mutual Optimism as a Rationalist Cause of War. (With Ahmer Tarar.)
    American Journal of Political Science, Vol. 55, No. 1, pp. 135-148, January 2011.
  14. Audience Cost Theory and Its Audiences.
    Security Studies, Vol. 21, No. 3, pp. 376-382, August, 2012.
  15. Borrowed Power: Debt Finance and the Resort to Arms.
    American Political Science Review, Vol. 106, No. 4, pp. 787-809, November, 2012.
  16. Abiding by the Vote: Between-Groups Conflict in International Collective Action. (With Christina J. Schneider.)
    Interational Organization, Vol. 67, No. 4, pp. 759-96, Fall, 2013.
  17. The Guardianship Dilemma: Regime Security through and from the Armed Forces. (With R. Blake McMahon.)
    American Political Science Review, Vo. 109, No. 2, pp. 297-313, May, 2015.
  18. The Domestic Politics of International Cooperation in the Eurocrisis. (With Christina J. Schneider.)
    International Organization, Vol. 72, No. 1, pp. 1-31, Winter 2018.
  19. The Authoritarian Wager: Political Action and the Sudden Collapse of Repression. (With Kelly S. Matush.)
    Comparative Political Studies, forthcoming, 2019.


  1. Statebreakers to Statemakers: Strategies of Rebel Governance. (With Jennifer Keister.)
  2. No Taxation without Administration: Wealth Assessment in the Formation of the Fiscal State. (With Troy Kravitz.)
  3. Too Much of a Good Thing: The Mobilization of Public Support and the Breakdown of Peace.


  1. On the Proper Use of Game-Theoretic Models in Conflict Studies
    Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy, Vol. 23, No. 4, pp. 1-14, 2017.
  2. Book review. Paths to Peace: Domestic Coalition Shifts, War Termination, and the Korean War by Elizabeth A. Stanley and How Wars End by Dan Reiter.
    Perspectives on Politics, Vol. 9, No. 2, 2011.
  3. Book review. Steps to War: An Empirical Study by Paul D. Senese and John A. Vasquez.
    Political Science Quarterly, Vol. 124, No. 2, pp. 386-88, Summer 2009.
  4. "American Rendition." Book review of The Dark Side by Jane Mayer.
    San Diego Union-Tribune, July 13, 2008.
  5. "Apocalypse Then, Apocalypse Now." Book review of The Infernal Machine by Matthew Carr.
    San Diego Union-Tribune, April 29, 2007.
  6. Book review. Trust and Mistrust in International Relations by Andrew Kydd.
    Perspectives on Politics, Vol. 4, No. 3, pp. 632-633, September, 2006.
  7. "Disastrous Foreign Policy: What Will Clinton Be Remembered For?"
    Democrat and Chronicle, April 13, 1999. Rochester, NY.
  8. "Whither Yugoslavia? NATO's Objectives in Kosovo,"
    Pari, 76: March, 1999. Sofia, Bulgaria. (In Bulgarian.)






  1. Game Theory (graduate)
  2. Formal Models in International Relations (graduate)
  3. History of International Relations (graduate)
  4. International Security (graduate)
  5. Introduction to International Relations (undergraduate)
  6. National Security Strategy (undergraduate)
  7. Foreign Policy of the United States (undergraduate)
  8. The Analytics of Conflict (undergraduate)
  9. War and Society (undergraduate)