DEBORAH WELCH LARSON is professor of political science at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research draws on cognitive social psychology to explain foreign policy decision making, as in Origins of Containment: A Psychological Explanation. She is the author most recently of Anatomy of Mistrust: U.S.-Soviet Relations During the Cold War (1997), which uses social psychology to explain missed opportunities to mitigate U.S.-Soviet rivalry. She is currently doing research on the use of intuition and analysis in American foreign policy decisions and on Russian Identity and the search for status. At UCLA, she teaches courses in American Foreign Policy, Strategic Interaction and Decisionmaking, and Peace and War at the graduate and undergraduate levels.
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