Dr. Ivan Sascha Sheehan is director of the graduate programs in Negotiation and Conflict Management and Global Affairs and Human Security in the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Baltimore.
Ivan Sascha Sheehan specializes in the intersection of global terrorism, counterterrorism, and international conflict management. He came to the University of Baltimore after serving on the graduate faculty at the University of Massachusetts Boston in the John W. McCormack School of Policy Studies (Graduate Programs in Dispute Resolution). A frequent speaker on U.S. counterterrorism efforts in the War on Terrorism, Sheehan has addressed diverse audiences from academic forums in Europe and at Harvard Law School to policymakers on Capitol Hill. His research, based on terrorism incident data, examines the impact of pre-emptive force on terrorist activity and the implications for U.S. foreign policy and international human security.
Sheehan studied post-conflict stabilization and reconstruction in war-torn societies through the Peace Operations Policy Program at George Mason University’s School of Public Policy and the Center for International Development and Conflict Management at the University of Maryland. He was trained in mediation at the Harvard Mediation Program and has served as a court-appointed mediator.
Sheehan previously taught in the International Studies Department at Bentley College and at Tufts University. He continues to serve on the visiting faculty at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. His first book, When Terrorism and Counterterrorism Clash: The War on Terror and the Transformation of Terrorist Activity , was published in December 2007.
Tehran’s clever use of threat and accommodation to secure national interests should inform P5+1 nuclear discussions that have long since lost their way. And the prospect of regime change from within should be considered as an alternative to a pro-engagement policy championed by the regime’s Washington lobby.
John Adams once remarked, “Facts are stubborn things.” Since the P5+1 Joint Plan of Action on the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Nuclear Program was signed in Geneva in November, the White House has encountered two difficult truths about the Iranian regime.
On Tuesday the International community will recognize International Human Rights Day and reaffirm the fundamental truths enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.