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LTC Jordan Becker

Director, SOSH Research Lab

Assistant Professor of International Affairs


Lieutenant Colonel Jordan Becker is an Assistant Professor of International Relations at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York, where he teaches courses in international security, international relations, and comparative politics in the Department of Social Sciences.  Additionally, he serves as Director of the Social Sciences Research Lab.  Jordan’s research focuses on the political economy of security, European politics, and transatlantic security.  He has published articles on transatlantic burden-sharing, the political economy of European security, and China-Europe-US strategic interactions.  LTC Becker holds a Ph.D. in war studies from King’s College London and Master’s Degrees from Sciences Po and Columbia University.  He is also a research fellow at the Brussels School of Governance, and the Ecole Militaire and Sciences Po in Paris.  Visit Jordan’s google scholar and research gate profiles.  

Ongoing Research Projects

From 2023 to 2028, I will serve as Senior Researcher in Luis Simon’s European Research Council Grant Project on European Security in the context of Sino-American Competition. This project is currently in the data acquisition phase – I am looking for collaborators interested in web scraping and content analysis/text as data, focusing on European, American and Chinese positions and actions regarding the World Trade Organization, China’s Belt and Road Initiative, and territorial disputes in the South China Sea.

Publications & Presentations

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles 

My most recent publications are easiest to find on my google scholar profile.

Becker, J., Duda, M., & Lute, D. (2022). From context to concept: History and strategic environment for NATO’s 2022 strategic concept. Defence Studies, 1–8.

Becker, J., & Dunne, P. (2021). Military Spending Composition and Economic Growth. Defence and Peace Economics, 0(0), 1–13.

Becker, J. (2021). Rusty guns and buttery soldiers: Unemployment and the domestic origins of defense spending. European Political Science Review, 13(3), 307–330.

Becker, J. (2021). Defence spending, burden-sharing and strategy in NATO’s Black Sea littoral states: Domestic, regional, and international systemic factors. Southeast European and Black Sea Studies, 21(3), 393–413.

Simón, L., Desmaele, L., & Becker, J. (2021). Europe as a Secondary Theater? Competition with China and the Future of America’s European Strategy. Strategic Studies Quarterly, 15(1), 90–115.

Becker, J. (2020). Transatlantic Security and European Autonomy—A Political Economy of Security Perspective. Revue Defense Nationale, N° 832(7), 27–33.

Becker, J., & Bell, R. (2020). Defense planning in the fog of peace: The transatlantic currency conversion conundrum. European Security, 29(2), 125–148.

Becker, J. (2019). Accidental rivals? EU fiscal rules, NATO, and transatlantic burden-sharing. Journal of Peace Research, 56(5), 697–713.

Becker, J. (2017). The correlates of transatlantic burden sharing: Revising the agenda for theoretical and policy analysis. Defense & Security Analysis, 33(2), 131–157.

Becker, J., & Malesky, E. (2017). The Continent or the “Grand Large”? Strategic Culture and Operational Burden-Sharing in NATO. International Studies Quarterly, 61(1), 163–180.

Becker, J. (2017). Comments on Benjamin Zyla’s “NATO Burden Sharing: A New Research Agenda.” Journal of International Organizations Studies, 8(2),

Working Papers 

Becker, Jordan and J. Paul Dunne. “Military Spending Composition and Economic Growth.”  (Revise and Resubmit, Defence and Peace Economics) 

Becker, Jordan, Sarah Kreps, Paul Poast, and Rochelle Kreps. “Transatlantic Shakedown: Does Presidential “Naming and Shaming” Affect NATO Burden Sharing?” (Presented at Politicologenetmaal 2019 and available in draft form at SSRN

Becker, Jordan. “Authoritarian Populism and Burden Sharing in the Transatlantic Community.” (Under Review) 

Becker, Jordan. “Arms Without Influence? Spatial Distribution of Defense Industrial Activity, Transatlantic Burden Sharing, and Strategy.” (Under Review and available in draft form at SSRN

Becker, Jordan. “Strategy, Defense Planning, and the Political Economy of Burden-Sharing in the Nordic States.” (Under Review and available in draft form at SSRN

Book Chapters 

Becker, Jordan. 2014. "Offshoring or Overbalancing? A Preliminary Empirical Analysis of the Effect of U.S. Troop Presence on the Political Behavior of Regional Partners." In American Grand Strategy and the Future of U.S. Land Power, by Joseph Da Silva, Hugh Liebert and Isaiah Wilson, 261-286. Carlisle: U.S. Army War College Press. 

Becker, Jordan. 2014. "Whither Europe: Economic Crisis and the Future of NATO." In Thinking Beyond Boundaries: Transnational Challenges to U.S. Foreign Policy, by Hugh Liebert, John Griswold and Isaiah Wilson, 115-124. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. 

Review Articles 

Becker, Jordan. "Divided Armies: Inequality and Battlefield Performance in Modern War." International Affairs, 97, no. 2 (2021), 573-575.  

Becker, Jordan. “The Do-It-Yourself Movement Goes Global: Why Democratizing States Prefer to Make Their Own International Organizations.” International Studies Review, first view (2020).  

Becker, Jordan. “Arguing about Alliances: the Art of Agreement in Military Pact Negotiations.” Defence Studies, 20, no.2 (2020), 182-184.  

Becker, Jordan. “Only the Dead: the Persistence of War in the Modern Age.” Defence Studies, 20, no.1 (2020): 101-103.  

Becker, Jordan. “Cultural backlash: Trump, Brexit, and authoritarian populism.”  International Affairs, 95, no. 5 (2019): 1168-1169. 

Becker, Jordan. “The Handbook of European Defence Policies & Armed Forces.” Defence Studies 19, no. 3 (2019): 334-335. 

Becker, Jordan. “Absorbing the blow: populist parties and their impact on parties and party systems.” International Affairs 95, no.3 (2019): 718-719. 

Becker, Jordan. 2018. “Populism and Global Affairs.” Global Affairs 5, no. 1: 89-96. 

Becker, Jordan. 2016. "National Security Cultures: Patterns of Global Governance." Defence Studies 16, no. 1: 94-96. 

Becker, Jordan. 2016. "Understanding NATO in the 21st Century: Alliance Strategies, Security and Global Governance." Defence Studies 16, no. 1: 92-94. 

Other Publications 

Becker, Jordan. 2020. “Preparing for War in the Fog of Peace: the Transatlantic Case.” War on the Rocks. 

Becker, Jordan. 2017. “Transatlantic Burden-Sharing: Origins and Strategic Implications.” Defence In Depth. 

Becker, Jordan. 2017. "Clearing the Air on Transatlantic Burden Sharing (parts onetwo and three)." War on the Rocks.  

Becker, Jordan. 2011. "Beyond Trade: Establishing a European Presence in Asia (Atlantic Memo #36)." The Atlantic Community, November 25. 

Becker, Jordan. 2011. "U.S. Pivot Rests on Power, Not Weakness, of Europe." The Atlantic Community, November 16. 

Becker, Jordan.2012. "Mitigating NATO's Invisible Risk." The New Atlanticist, March 10. 

Becker, Jordan.2014. "NATO and Ukraine: Walking Familiar Ground." War on the Rocks, May 14. 

Becker, Jordan, and Edmund Malesky. 2016. "Yes, NATO is sharing the defense burden. Here's what we found." The Washington Post/Monkey Cage, December 9. 

Becker, Jordan, and Franklin Kramer. 2012. "Saving NATO." The National Interest, May 9. 

Becker, Jordan, and Stanley Sloan. 2013. "Atlanticism's Revenge?" War on the Rocks, December 11.