Eric Min is a Ph.D. candidate in political science at Stanford University. His research is focused on international relations, particularly with respect to interstate war and diplomacy, patterns of information gathering and sharing during crises, and applications of machine learning and text analysis techniques to foreign policy documents.
His dissertation develops a theory regarding the strategic use of negotiations as a tool of war. Negotiations are shown to often be "instrumental"---that is, utilized to actively shape the trajectory of conflict and to support one's overall war effort, especially in response to poor battlefield outcomes. Utilizing two new daily-level datasets of battles and diplomatic activity across all interstate wars since 1816, digitized versions of military operations reports and negotiation transcripts from the Korean War, and a series of detailed case studies, he shows that states dynamically weigh costs and benefits with respect to instrumental negotiations. These findings demonstrate when, why, and how diplomacy is not only used to settle wars, but also to help win them. The new data and results have substantial implications on extant treatments of intra-war diplomacy and also help bridge several current gaps between theory and history.
At Stanford, Eric has been a teaching assistant for PS 350A, Political Methodology I; PS 114S, International Security in a Changing World; and PS 110D, War and Peace in American Foreign Policy. He also served as a co-president of the department's graduate student association in 2015.
Eric is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, and is currently a Predoctoral Fellow at Stanford's Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC). He has received additional support from Stanford's Institute for Research in the Social Sciences (IRiSS) and the Center for International Cooperation and Negotiation (SCICN).
Eric received his undergraduate degree in International Relations at New York University, where he was valedictorian of the College of Arts and Science.