Andrew Shaver is a Ph.D. candidate in Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs where he researches causes of terrorism, insurgency, and civil war, with particular focus on the roles of climate and territory in sub-state violence.
He is a civilian veteran of the Iraq war, where he worked with a Pentagon task force to restart idled state owned factories and to facilitate the deployment of major multinational corporations within the country.
During the last U.S. presidential election, he worked as a foreign policy advisor to Governor Jon Huntsman’s campaign. He has served as well as a foreign affairs fellow at the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee on behalf of Senator Lee and as a staffer within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy.
At Princeton, he is a fellow of the Bradley Research Program; Center for International Security Studies; and PIIRS Research Community on Global Systemic Risk. He is also an associate of the Princeton-Stanford Empirical Studies of Conflict Program.
Andrew has spent four years in the Middle East and speaks Arabic, Spanish, and some Italian. He holds an M.P.A. (International Relations) from Princeton University and a B.S. (Economics, International Business) from Westminster College.
His recent policy analysis includes:
"How climate change makes the world more violent", Washington Post (2015).
"How to make surveys in war zones better, and why this is important", Washington Post (2015).
"Turning the lights off on the Islamic State", Washington Post (2014).
"Want to defeat ISIS in Iraq? More electricity would help", Washington Post (2014).
(Also appears in “Iraq Between Maliki and the Islamic State”, POMEPS Briefing 24 (2014).)
“The Counterinsurgency Debate”, The National Interest (2014).
“America's Disappearing War Data”, The National Interest (2013).