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Keith Shimko

Please join me congratulating Keith Shimko, associate professor in the Department of Political Science, on his new book The Foreign Policy Puzzle: Interests, Threats and Tools published by Oxford University Press. In the book, Keith explores the central intellectual problems of foreign policy—identifying and prioritizing interests, assessing threats, and evaluating the efficacy of various policy instruments for defending national interests in the face of threats. The idea for the book germinated in his senior seminar on the Iraq Wars as he tried to help students understand the fundamental, and often unrecognized, disagreements that led policymakers and analysts to such divergent opinions about the wisdom and necessity of the 2003 invasion of Iraq.


This is Keith’s fourth book. He is also the recipient of the College of Liberal Arts Excellence in Teaching Award and the Kenneth Kohfmehl Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, and was inducted into Purdue University’s Book of Great Teachers in 2013.


Congratulations, Dr. Shimko!

David's Signature

David A. Reingold
Justin S. Morrill Dean
College of Liberal Arts