Connections Series: Robert Lloyd on American Intervention Against the Islamic State

5:00–7:00 pm
Center in Delhi


Robert Lloyd is the Blanche E. Seaver Professor of International Studies and Languages, professor of international relations, and director of the international studies program at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.  He is also a nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center in Washington, D.C. and a summer institute fellow with the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University.  Lloyd received his PhD from Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C., his master’s degree from Cornell University, and his bachelor’s degree with honors from the University of Arizona.


Prof. Lloyd has published numerous scholarly articles on international conflict management, international negotiation, democratization, and Africa.  His article On the Fence: Negotiating Israel’s Security Barrier was recently published in the Journal of the Middle East and Africa. He was a regular contributor on good governance and democratization for Freedom House’s Countries at the Crossroads project.  Combining his research interests with field experience, he has been an election observer in Africa for both the U.S. State Department and the International Republican Institute.


Lloyd’s Fulbright-Nehru research project, entitled Threading the Needle: Negotiating Security and Democratic Norms in India, examines how India has guaranteed political rights and freedoms for its citizens in the face of insecurity posed by terrorism.  What formulas have been developed to balance competing demands of freedom and security?  His theoretical approach places these negotiations within conflict management theory regarding the formula as an agreement that resolves a conflict—in this case a response to political violence, security, and political rights—to the satisfaction of the parties.  Also of interest is how the Indian case might inform the debates of policymakers in other countries facing similar challenges.


This talk was part of the Connections Series, a collaboration with the American Center and the United States-India Educational Foundation.