What Do Policymakers Want From Us? Results of a Survey of Current and Former Senior National Security Decision Makers

  title={What Do Policymakers Want From Us? Results of a Survey of Current and Former Senior National Security Decision Makers},
  author={Paul C. Avey and Michael C. Desch},
  journal={International Studies Quarterly},
What do the most senior national security policymakers want from international relations scholars? To answer that question, we administered a unique survey to current and former policymakers to gauge when and how they use academic social science to inform national security decision making. We find that policymakers do regularly follow academic social science research and scholarship on national security affairs, hoping to draw upon its substantive expertise. But our results call into question… 
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