Andrew Bell’s research interests focus on international security, international law, the law of armed conflict/international humanitarian law, humanitarian intervention, urban warfare, counterinsurgency, and ethics in war. His current research examines the effect of the international humanitarian law and norms of restraint on combatant conduct toward civilians during war. Dr. Bell earned a Ph.D. in political science from Duke University specializing in security and conflict studies, a J.D.-M.A. from the University of Virginia School of Law specializing in international law, and an M.T.S. from Duke Divinity School specializing in ethics and just war theory. He has held fellowships with the U.S. Naval Academy and the International Committee of the Red Cross, and he has served as an active duty and reserve officer in the U.S. Air Force with service in Iraq and Afghanistan.
- Ph.D. in Political Science, Duke University, 2015
Specialization in Security, Peace and Conflict and Institutions (International Relations and Comparative Politics)
- M.A. in Political Science, Duke University, 2012
- M.T.S., summa cum laude, Duke Divinity School, 2008, Ethics and Just War Theory
- J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 2001
- M.A. in Foreign Affairs, University of Virginia Graduate School, 2001
- A.B., magna cum laude, Duke University, 1998
Regions of Interest
- Law of armed conflict
- Humanitarian intervention
- Military culture
- Civilian victimization
- Ethics in war
- International law
- Political Violence
- Andrew Bell, “Military Culture and the Sources of Battlefield Restraint: Examining the Ugandan Civil Wars,” Security Studies, Vol. 25, No. 3 (July 8, 2016), 488-518.
- Andrew Bell, “Military Culture, Training, and Compliance with the Law of War: Evidence from the U.S. Military Academy and Army ROTC,” American Society of International Law 2014 Proceedings (2015).
- Andrew Bell, Using Force against the Weapons of the Weak: Examining a Chemical-Biological Weapons Usage Criterion for Unilateral Humanitarian Intervention under the Responsibility to Protect, 22 Cardozo Journal of International and Comparative Law 261 (2013-2014).