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The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Military and Diplomatic History, a two-volume set, will offer both assessment and analysis of the key episodes, issues and actors in the military and diplomatic history of the United States. At a time of war, in which ongoing efforts to recalibrate American diplomacy are as imperative as they are perilous, the Oxford Encyclopedia will present itself as the first recourse for scholars wishing to deepen their understanding of the crucial features of the historical and contemporary foreign policy landscape and its perennially martial components. Entries will be written by the top diplomatic and military historians and key scholars of international relations from within the American academy, supplemented, as is appropriate for an encyclopedia of diplomacy, with entries from foreign-based academics, in the United Kingdom and elsewhere. The crucial importance of the subject is reflected in the popularity of university courses dedicated to diplomatic and military history and the enduring appeal of international relations (IR) as a political science discipline drawing on both. The Oxford Encyclopedia will be a basic reference tool across both disciplines - a potentially very significant market.
Dr. Timothy J. Lynch is an Associate Professor in American Politics at the School of Social and Political Studies in the University of Melbourne. He is the author of two books (Turf War: The Clinton Administration and Northern Ireland, Ashgate, 2004; and, with Robert Singh, After Bush: The Case forContinuity in American Foreign Policy, CUP, 2008 - a winner of the 2009 Richard E. Neustadt book prize). His third book, a history of US foreign policy after the Cold War will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2011. He has guest-edited the journal International Politics and facilitates several major academic conferences each year in London. As director of the Boston College Center in Dublin, Ireland (2000-2003), Dr. Lynch worked routinely with serving US diplomats on the Northern Ireland peace process. A Fulbright Scholar, he holds a PhD in political science from Boston College.