Todd Sechser

Fast Facts

  • Professor of Politics and Public Policy at the University of Virginia
  • Coauthor of Nuclear Weapons and Coercive Diplomacy
  • Expertise in international relations, foreign policynuclear security, emerging technologies

Areas Of Expertise

  • Foreign Affairs
  • American Defense and Security
  • War and Terrorism
  • World Happenings

Todd S. Sechser, faculty senior fellow, is the Pamela Feinour Edmonds and Franklin S. Edmonds Jr. Discovery Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia and professor of public policy at the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. Sechser's research interests include deterrence, coercive diplomacy, military technology, and nuclear security. He is coauthor of the book Nuclear Weapons and Coercive Diplomacy (Cambridge University Press, 2017), and his research has appeared in academic journals such as International Organization, the American Journal of Political ScienceInternational Studies Quarterly, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, and the Non-Proliferation Review. His writing on policy issues has been published in media outlets such as the Washington PostWall Street JournalBoston Globe, and the Christian Science Monitor, and he regularly consults for several government and military agencies. Sechser's recent media appearances have addressed the North Korea nuclear crisis, the NATO alliance, the Iran nuclear deal, and U.S.-Russia relations.

Sechser is the director of the Program on Strategic Stability Evaluation, a multi-university working group studying the effects of new technologies on international security. He was previously a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and a John M. Olin National Security Fellow at Harvard University. He received his PhD in political science from Stanford University, where he wrote an award-winning doctoral dissertation. Before entering academia, Sechser worked as a nuclear policy analyst at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Todd Sechser News Feed

We asked three faculty members in the University of Virginia’s Democratic Statecraft Lab to weigh in on the geopolitical concerns. The Democratic Statecraft Lab is part of UVA’s Democracy Initiative and examines global threats to democracy, from the COVID-19 pandemic to the rise of authoritarian populism or instances of regime change like the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan. Politics professor Todd Sechser, who studies coercive diplomacy, nuclear security and political violence, directs the lab. He is joined here by politics professors Dale Copeland, who focuses on international relations theory, and John Owen, who studies American influence around the world and has written about political Islam. All three are also senior fellows at UVA's Miller Center of Public Affairs.
Todd Sechser UVA Today
Senior Fellow and UVA professor Todd Sechser discusses what needs to be done now about the Iran nuclear deal.
Todd Sechser News Radio WINA
A panel of experts examines the future of U.S. alliances, issues related to NATO, and whether NATO can serve as a model for other alliance networks in the future. As America’s foreign policy landscape continues to evolve in response to China, Russia, and other challenges, the panel will place current events in the context of the Biden administration’s likely vision of America’s role in the world.
Todd Sechser Miller Center Presents
In this conversation, Richard Haass, veteran diplomat and the current president of the Council on Foreign Relations, talks with Todd Sechser of the Democracy Initiative's Statecraft Lab about his new book The World: A Brief Introduction, which aims to navigate a time in which many of our biggest challenges come from the world beyond our borders.
Todd Sechser Miller Center Presents
American foreign policy stands at a crossroads. Confronted with authoritarian rivals, a global pandemic, and turmoil at home, the United States faces a critical choice about its future role in the world. As the 2020 election approaches, the University of Virginia Democracy Initiative's Democratic Statecraft Lab is hosting a webinar to grapple with these questions. First, New America's Anne-Marie Slaughter and Harvard's Stephen Walt face off in a debate about America's role in the world. Then, NPR's Mary-Louise Kelly interviews Michael McFaul, former U.S. ambassador to Russia, about challenges dealing with that nation. The event is moderated by Todd Sechser, professor of politics, director of the Democratic Statecraft Lab, and Miller Center faculty senior fellow.
Todd Sechser Miller Center Presents
How the United States has handled and continues to handle the pandemic has implications far beyond U.S. borders, affecting policy and power struggles around the world, according to Todd Sechser, the Pamela Feinour Edmonds and Franklin S. Edmonds Jr. Discovery Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia.
Todd Sechser UVA Today