Taylor Seybolt is an Assistant Professor of international and human security and he was the Director of the Ford Institute for Human Security from 2009 to 2011. He joined GSPIA in 2008 after serving for six years as a senior program officer at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) in Washington, D.C. He has been a Professorial Lecturer at the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies and an Adjunct Professor in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University. From 1999 to 2002, he was Leader of the Conflicts and Peace Enforcement Project at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) in Sweden. Seybolt is the author of Humanitarian Military Intervention: the Conditions for Success and Failure (Oxford, 2007). He was an advisor to the Genocide Prevention Task Force, co-chaired by Madeleine Albright and William Cohen. He has received grants and fellowships from the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, the MacArthur Foundation and USIP. Seybolt holds a PhD in political science from MIT.


Selected Projects of Note

  • Counting Civilian Casualties, funded by the National Science Foundation. International conference on the science of recording and estimating the number of civilians killed during conflict. Products: website Counting Casualties.org for specialists on civilian casualty research; edited book manuscript under review with Oxford University Press.
  • Genocide Prevention Task Force, funded by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and the United States Institute of Peace. Madeline Albright and William Cohen co-chairs. Member of the Military Intervention Expert Group. Product: Preventing Genocide.

Recent Publications

  • Humanitarian Military Intervention: The Conditions for Success and Failure, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007). Paperback edition in 2008. 312 pp.
  • Counting Civilian Casualties: An Introduction to Recording and Estimating Civilian Deaths in Conflict. Eds. Taylor B. Seybolt, Jay D. Aronson and Baruch Fischhoff, (under review with Oxford University Press), c. 300 pp.
  • “Significant Numbers: Civilian Casualties and Strategic Peace building,” in Taylor B. Seybolt, Jay D. Aronson and Baruch Fischhoff, eds., Counting Civilian Casualties: An Introduction to Recording and Estimating Civilian Deaths in Conflict. (under review with Oxford University Press). c. 24 pp.
  • “What Africa Command Says About U.S. Foreign Policy,” in Terry F. Buss, Joseph Adjaye, Donald Goldstein and Louis Picard, eds., African Security and the Africa Command: Viewpoints on the U.S. Role in Africa. (New York: Kumarian Press, 2011).
  • “Harmonizing the Humanitarian Aid Network: Adaptive Change in a Complex System.” International Studies Quarterly (2009), vol. 53: 1027-1050.
  • “Humanitarian Intervention and Communal Civil Wars: Problems and Alternative Approaches,” co-authored with Daniel Byman. Security Studies (2003), vol. 13, no. 1: 33-78.

Substantive Areas

  • Capacity Building and Public Sector Reform
  • Conflict Stabilization
  • Humanitarian Affairs
  • Refugees
  • Peace Operations
  • Causes of Conflict


  • Africa (Sudan, Nigeria)

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