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April 30, 2007


Seyom Brown

DALLAS (SMU) – Seyom Brown, whose five-decade career in national security has taken him from the State Department to policy think tanks to academia, will be the new John Goodwin Tower Distinguished Chair in International Politics and National Security in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Southern Methodist University. He will assume the roles of professor in the Political Science Department and of Director of Studies in the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies. He will begin his SMU duties effective Aug. 1, 2007.

Currently, Brown is the Lawrence A. Wien Professor of International Cooperation at Brandeis University, a senior fellow in the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a senior adviser in the Security Studies Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Brown has held senior policy analysis positions at the RAND Corporation and the Brookings Institution. He served as a special assistant in the Office of International Security Affairs of the U.S. Department of Defense from 1967-68 and as a special assistant to the Director of the Policy Planning Council of the U.S. Department of State in 1968. He also served as director of the U.S.-Soviet Relations Program of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace from 1976-78 and as acting director of the University Consortium for Research on North America in Harvard’s Center for International Affairs from 1983-84.

In addition, Brown has taught at Harvard, the Columbia University School of International Affairs, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and the University of Southern California’s School of International Relations.

“Seyom Brown is one of the great scholars of international relations in the United States today,” said Jim Hollifield, professor of political science, director of the Tower Center and a former colleague of Brown’s at Brandeis. “I am delighted and honored to be reunited with him at SMU.”

“Dr. Brown is a preeminent scholar in national security policy and one of a handful of individuals over the past four or five decades who has become enormously influential in this area,” said Dennis Ippolito, chair of the Political Science Department in SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. “He has moved easily between the worlds of academia and government and has occupied very senior positions in each.”

Brown’s research and professional activities have focused on military factors in world politics, arms control issues, counterinsurgency policy and doctrine, terrorism and other transnational threats by non-state actors, just war theory, the intersections of security and environmental issues, and conflicts between homeland security and human rights. His professional associations include the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the International Studies Association and the American Political Science Association.

Brown earned his Ph.D. degree in political science from the University of Chicago in 1963. He received his B.A. (1955) and M.A. (1957) degrees from USC and was a Fulbright Fellow in India from 1957-58.

SMU’s John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies was established in 1992 to support teaching and research programs in international studies and national security policy, focusing upon the institutions that structure national and international decision-making. The Center is named in honor of SMU alumnus John G. Tower, a Texas U.S. senator from 1961 to 1985.

Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences is SMU’s largest school and offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees through 16 departments in the humanities, social and behavioral sciences, mathematics and natural sciences. Dedman College was named in 1981 for its benefactors – the late Robert H. Dedman, Sr., and his wife, Nancy McMillan Dedman, of Dallas.

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