Pierre Allan is a Senior Research Affiliate at BASC and Professor of Political Science at the University of Geneva. After receiving an M.Sc. in Economics and an M.A. in Sociology from the University of Lausanne, he obtained his Ph.D. in Political Science from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva. He was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of California at Berkeley and Stanford University, and a George A. Miller Visiting Scholar at the Center for Advanced Study, the University of Illinois before he began teaching at the University of Geneva in 1984 as a Professor. He also served as Dean of the Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences of the University of Geneva from 2001-2007.
Professor Allan has been President of the Swiss Political Science Association, and an Executive Committee Member of the International Political Science Association, as well as of the European Consortium for Political Research whose research board he chaired. He held visiting professorships at UC Berkeley, the Free University Berlin, Fribourg University, Sciences Po Grenoble, University Panthéon-Assas Paris, Charles University, Prague, and the University of Economics, Prague. He is the founder and first editor of the Swiss Political Science Review and sits on the boards of Business and Politics, International Politics, and the European Journal of International Relations.
He has written on international conflict and bargaining, on politico-economic macro models of the US, USSR, China, and Switzerland, and on game-theoretical models of foreign policy and business decision-making. He has published articles in scholarly journals such as the International Political Science Review, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Peace Science, and Management Science, and written or edited nine books. His most recent book What is a Just Peace? (co-edited with Alexis Keller) was published by Oxford University Press. Currently, he is working on theoretical issues of international ethics as well as on the concept of global care.
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Preferences, Constraints, and Games: Analyzing Polish Debt Negotiations with International Banks
Game Theory and International Relations, 1994Read More
The Origin of Games: A Theory of the Formation of Ordinal Preferences and Games
Cooperative Models in International Relations Research, 1994
When faced with situations involving strategic interaction, game theory has shown itself to be an invaluable approach to understanding actors’ behavior.
Cycling Over Berlin: The Deadline and Wall Crises
Diplomacy, Force, and Leadership: Essays in Honor of Alexander L. George, 1993
This chapter attempts to follow some of Alexander George’s exacting standards in analyzing two crises: the 1958-1959 Berlin Deadline crisis and the 1961 Berlin Wall crisis.
Cold War Endgames
The End Of The Cold War: Evaluating Theories Of International Relations, 1992
This text examines some of the main theories of international relations through a single major historical turning point namely the end of the Cold War.