Susan Yoshihara, Ph.D.


Susan Fink Yoshihara is C-FAM Senior Vice President for Research and Director of the International Organizations Research Group (IORG). Her research interests include intervention, human rights, and humanitarianism in international law and politics. She is the author of Waging War to Make Peace: U.S. Intervention in Global Conflicts (Praeger, 2010) and editor of Population Decline and the Remaking of Great Power Politics (Potomac Books, 2012).

Before joining C-FAM, Susan was on the faculty at the U.S. Naval War College where she taught national security decision making and international relations. In her twenty-year career as a U.S. Navy helicopter pilot, she held the rank of Commander, led combat logistics and search and rescue units in the Pacific and Persian Gulf, advised the Atlantic Fleet commander, and worked for the Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade as a White House Fellow. She is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and received her Ph.D. in international relations from the Fletcher School, Tufts University. She lives in Portsmouth, Rhode Island with her husband, Toshi, and their two daughters.

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Selected Publications:

"Lost in Translation: The Failure of the International Reproductive Rights Norm," Ave Maria Law Review, Spring 2013

"Cooler heads prevailed on Disabilities Treaty," The Hill, December 5, 2012

"Hardships and Fears of an Aging Population,"  Human Life Review,  Spring 2012

"The quiet revolution in Asia," Human Events, March 8, 2012

"The one thing Putin wants Russians to do like Americans," Fox News, March 2, 2012


"Defense cuts are poised to squander America's demographic advantage," Philadelphia Inquirer, February 26, 2012

"Seizing America’s Demographic Advantage," Roll Call, February 15, 2012

"As China Goes Geriatric, We Have the Advantage," Washington Times, February 14, 2012

Book Review: “Human Rights and the Unborn Child," National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly 11, no.3 (Autumn 2011), 599-602

Book: Waging War to Make Peace: U.S. Intervention in Global Conflicts. Praeger Security International, 2010.

Book Review: “Terrorism and the Ethics of War,” International Philosophical Quarterly, vol.51, no.2, issue 202 (June 2011)

"Does CEDAW Promote Abortion?" Testimony for U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law.  November 18, 2010

"Women Deliver a Ruse," Washington Times, June 4, 2010

“Brickbats for Pope Benedict,” Washington Times, April 20, 2010

“Aging World Population is Profound Crisis,” Human Events, April 15, 2010

"Clinton Promises Global Push for Abortion Rights," National Review Online, January 15, 2010

"The Quest for Happiness: How the UN's Advocacy of Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights Undermines Liberty and Opportunity," in Brett D. Schaefer, ed., ConUNdrum: The Limits of the United Nations and the Search for Alternatives (New York: Rowman & Littlefield, 2009)

"Obama Nominee Wants U.N. Committees Setting U.S. Social Policy" Human Events.com, April 7, 2009

Book Review: "Fatal Misconception: The Struggle to Control World Population," National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, vol.8, no.4 (Winter 2009)

Book Review: "Agenda Setting, the UN, and NGOs: Gender Violence and Reproductive Rights," National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, vol.8, no. 3 (Autumn 2008)

"How to Think About the Responsibility to Protect," First Things online, June 16, 2008

"The False Choice Between Development and Daughters," First Thingss online, August 23, 2007

"Rights by Stealth: the Role of UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies in the Campaign for an International Right to Abortion," National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, vol.7, no.1 (Spring 2007)

“Kosovo,” in Flashpoints in the War on Terrorism, Derek Reveron and Jeffrey Murer, eds. (New York: Routlege, 2006)

The Trouble with Mixed Motives: Debating the Political, Legal, and Moral Dimensions of Intervention,” Naval War College Review vol. LVII, no. 3/4 (Summer/Autumn 2004)

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