Location: Bowdoin / Barbara Elias

Government and Legal Studies

Barbara Elias Klenner

Assistant Professor of Government

(on leave for the fall 2017 semester)

Contact Information

Government and Legal Studies

Hubbard Hall - 203

Barbara Elias

Personal website: barbaraelias.org


  • B.A. Brown University, Providence, RI, 2002
  • M.A., Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 2013

"The likelihood of local allies free-riding : Testing economic theories of alliances in US counterinsurgency interventions," Cooperation and Conflict, April 11, 2017 

"Making Maliki and Karzai: How Washington Produced Unhelpful Allies in the Middle East," Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, June 27, 2014

“America’s Missing Leverage in Afghanistan and Pakistan: a Structural Analysis,” Third World Quarterly, Vol. 34, No. 8, September 20, 2013, pp. 1392-1408 

Foreign Affairs - The Council on Foreign Relations, foreignaffairs.com

"The Legend of Mullah Omar,” September 1, 2015

"The Pakistani Taliban's Coming Divide," February 2, 2012 

"Know Thine Enemy - Why the Taliban Cannot Be Flipped" November 2, 2009