Eric Min is a CISAC Postdoctoral Fellow for 2017-2018 and received his Ph.D. in political science at Stanford University. His research is focused on interstate diplomacy, information gathering and sharing during crises, and applications of machine learning and text analysis techniques to declassified documents related to conflict and foreign policy.
His dissertation, currently being converted into a book manuscript, develops a theory regarding the role and strategic use of negotiations in the midst of war. Utilizing two new daily-level datasets on battles and diplomatic activity across all interstate wars since 1816, he shows that the nature of diplomacy has fundamentally shifted before and after 1945. What used to be a straightforward conflict-ending activity transforms into an instrument that international actors use to manage and guide the trajectory of conflicts. A study based on digitized versions of military operations reports and negotiation transcripts from the Korean War demonstrates that costs suffered during war should not be considered random shocks of exogenous information, but rather calculations leaders make about the strategic importance of gaining or defending military objectives. His findings demonstrate the importance of viewing negotiations as a partner to hostilities on the battlefield. These conclusions have substantial implications on academic and policy-making approaches to conflict resolution.
Eric was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. He has also received 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 and Spanish/Linguistics at New York University, where he was valedictorian of the College of Arts and Science.