Faculty Bios


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Patrick Bratton, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Political Science

Program Chair, Diplomacy and Military Studies, and Political Science


MA and PhD, Politics, The Catholic University of America

MScEcon, Strategic Studies, University of Wales, Aberystwyth, UK

Maîtrise, History, Université de Rennes 2, France


History, University of Alaska, Fairbanks

He graduated with a BA in History from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. He then went on to complete graduate studies at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth (UK), the Université de Rennes 2 (France), and received his PhD from The Catholic University of America. He is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS). In the fall of 2009 and in summer 2011 he was a Visiting International Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) in New Delhi, India. 

He is a frequently invited speaker and commentator on Indian political and security issues, giving lectures at a range of institutions and universities ranging from the National Institute for Defence Studies (Japan), the IDSA (India), the Institute for Chinese Studies (India), the Slovenian Command and Staff College, the Regional Center for Strategic Studies (Sri Lanka), and many others.  

In fall 2010 he was a visiting professor in the Department of Defence Studies at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and in fall 2012 he was a visiting professor at the American Graduate School in Paris, France.  His research focuses on strategic studies - focusing in particularly on coercive diplomacy and foreign policy decision-making - and Indian foreign and security policy.  He is currently working on a book on coercive diplomacy and a long-term project on the rise of India as a great power.

Dr. Bratton at the National Institute for Defense Studies Seminar

Dr. Bratton in Taiwan
Dr. Bratton in The Republic of China


Sea Power and the Asia-Pacifc: Triumph of Neptune?

Sea Power and the Asia-Pacific: Triumph of Neptune?
August 2011

With particular focus on the Asia-Pacific region, this book examines the rise and fall of sea powers.
In the Asia-Pacific region there has been significant expansion of sea-based economies together with burgeoning naval power. Many claim that these processes will transform the world’s future economic and security relationships. The book addresses the question of to what extent the notion of ‘Asia rising’ is reflected by and dependent on its developing sea power.  All of the leading maritime powers in Asia are examined, with contributions from many of the world's leading specialists on seapower and Asian security issues. 

The Creation of Indian Integrated Commands: Organizational Learning and the Andaman and Nicobar Command,” Strategic Analysis (Special Issue on Indian Ocean Region), 36, no. 3 (2012): 440-60.

 "An American Perspective on India's Defence Reforms", Op-ed piece in South Asia Monitor, August 2011  

“Reform of Indian Higher Defence Institutions: Jointness and the Andaman and Nicobar Command,” Strategic Analysis

“When Governments Collide in the South Atlantic: Britain Coerces Argentina during the Falklands War,” Comparative Strategy (With Wallace Thies)

Signals and Orchestration: India’s Use of Compellence during the 2001-02 Crisis,” Strategic Analysis, July 2010

“Franco-American Relations and Implications for the Pacific,” Revue Juridique Polynésienne

“11/9-9/11: The Brave New World Order,” in Villanova Law Review (With Harvey Rishikof)

“Coming to Terms: When Does Coercion Lead to Positive Long-Term Outcomes?” in Naval War College Review

“When Governments Collide in the Taiwan Strait,” in Journal of Strategic Studies (With Wallace Thies)

“A Coherent Theory of Coercion?” in Comparative Strategy

“France and the Revolution in Military Affairs,” in Contemporary Security Policy. 

PacNet #50 - Cautious optimism? What to expect from Modi's India  http://csis.org/files/publication/Pac1450.pdf 

Talks and Seminars:

"The Future of the US as an Indo-Pacific Maratime Power", Regional Centre for Strategic Studies, March 2012

"Reform of Indian Higher Defence Institutions: Jointness and the Andaman and Nicobar Command", October 2011

"Coercive Diplomacy in the Asia Pacific", GIARI Political Integration and Identity Seminar, June 2010

"Coercive Diplomacy in the Asia Pacific": Seminar Details

Asia In Review: Whether India can be a global power, May 2010

"Upgrading India's Think Tanks", November 2009

"The Effects of Governmental Structure on Coercive Signalling", October 2009

National Elections in India - Prof. Patrick Bratton - YouTube
'Global Connections: National Elections in India" Join "Global Connections" host Carlos Juarez as he discusses the upcoming national elections in India (Apri...
International Updates with Chris Aguinaldo, Patrick Bratton and Kira Vinke - YouTube
Guest Host Chris Aguinaldo speaks with Dr. Patrick Bratton (Program Chair, International Relations/Political Science, Hawaii Pacific University) and Kira Vin...

Two Special Researchers: Sarah Connis & Richard Shaw - YouTube
Two current HPU graduate students doing work on their MA theses: Richard Shaw, a Navy officer, working on Japanese soft power and clean energy; and Sara Conn...