Brian Frederking, Ph.D.

Brian FrederkingProfessor of Political Science

Director, Honors Program

Office: Piper Academic Center (PAC) 204

Phone: (618) 537-6913


Ph.D., Syracuse University

M.A., Syracuse University

B.A., McKendree College


The Politics of Global Governance: International Organizations in an Interdependent World
, 2010, 4th edition, co-edited with Paul Diehl, Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publications.

The United States and the Security Council: Collective Security since the Cold War
, 2007, London: Routledge.

Resolving Security Dilemmas: A Constructivist Explanation of the INF Treaty
, 2000, London: Ashgate Press.

Book Chapters

“Language Games: Dialogical Analysis of INF Negotiations,” with Gavan Duffy and Seth Tucker, in Interpretive Political Science, Mark Bevir (ed.), Sage Publications, 2010.

“Constructing Post-Cold War Collective Security,” in Interpretive Political Science, Mark Bevir (ed.), Sage Publications, 2010.

“In Search of Non-Proliferation Collective Security Rules,” in The Search for WMD: Non-Proliferation, Intelligence, and Pre-Emption in the New Security Environment, Graham F. Walker (ed.), Dalhousie University Centre for Foreign Policy Studies, 2006, 262-273., Graham F. Walker (ed.), Dalhousie University Centre for Foreign Policy Studies, 2006, 262-273.

“Constructing Post-Cold War Collective Security,” in World Politics: a Reader, Steven Spiegel et al (eds.), Wadsworth Press, 2004, 360-384., Steven Spiegel et al (eds.), Wadsworth Press, 2004, 360-384.

"Representatives, Pressure Groups and Term Limits," with Linda Fowler of Syracuse University, in Congress on Display, Congress at Work, William T. Bianco (ed.) University of Michigan Press, 2000, pp. 189-216.

Journal Articles

"Putting Transitional Justice on Trial: Democracy and Human Rights in Post-Civil War Societies," forthcoming in International Social Science Review, Fall 2015.

"Changing the Rules: A Speech Act Analysis of the End of the Cold War, International Studies Quarterly, 2009, Vol. 53: 325-347, with Gavan Duffy of Syracuse University.

"Authority in World Politics: Nuclear Proliferation in Iran and North Korea," Journal of International and Global Studies, Vol, 1, No. 1, November 2009, pp. 72-99, with McKendree students Kaitlyne Motl and Nishant Timilsina.

“Collective Security in Afghanistan,” Illinois Political Science Review, Fall 2005, with McKendree students Sarah Haefner and Greg Mennerick.

“Simulations and Student Learning,” Journal of Political Science Education, Fall 2005, Volume 1, Issue 3. pp. 385-394. , Fall 2005, Volume 1, Issue 3. pp. 385-394.

“Interpreting September 11,” International Politics, March 2005, Volume 42: 135-151, with McKendree students Michael Artime and Max Sanchez-Pagano.

“Constructing Post-Cold War Collective Security,” American Political Science Review, August 2003, Vol. 97, No. 3, pp.363-378.

“Language Games: Analyzing the INF Treaty Negotiations,” International Studies Quarterly, Vol. 42, No. 2, June 1998, 271-294, with Gavan Duffy and Seth Tucker of Syracuse University.

“Resolving Security Dilemmas: A Constructivist Interpretation of the End of the Cold War,” International Politics, Vol. 35, No. 2, June 1998.


Advisory Posts

Faculty Adviser to the Public Affairs Forum, Model United Nations, and Scholars: The McKendree College Online Journal of Undergraduate Research

Guest Appearances

Guest commentator on St. Louis radio station FM 97.1
Sept. 11 and Sept. 12, 2001, regarding the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington.

April 3, 2002, regarding increased conflict in the Middle East.

Nov. 20, 2002, regarding the possibility of war in Iraq.

Jan. 7, 2003, regarding Iraq and North Korea.

Guest commentator on St. Louis radio station KMOX, AM 1120
 Aug. 17, 2003, regarding the influence of September 11 on world politics.

March 21, 2003, regarding the global political implications of the war in Iraq. 

Guest commentator on St. Louis radio station AM 550

March 16, 2004, regarding the Illinois primary elections.

Academic Journals

Editor, Illinois Political Science Review, 2000-2001

Reviewer for International Studies Quarterly, Foreign Policy Analysis, Journal of Political Science Education, European Security, International Politics, Security Dialogue, Canadian Journal of Political Science, Political Science Quarterly, International Studies Review, Journal of International Relations and Development

Professional Organizations

American Political Science Association

International Studies Association

American Association of University Professors

International Peace Studies Society

Research Interests

United Nations Security Council, collective security, conflict resolution, foreign policy

John Ikenberry, in the March/April 2008 issue of Foreign Affairs, recently included the following review of Frederking's book The United States and the Security Council: Collective Security since the Cold War:

Can the world's leading states agree on rules about the use of force and collectively provide a stable peace -- or is the world doomed to great-power rivalry and security competition? This unassuming little book provides one of the best expositions yet of the dilemmas that plague current efforts to forge agreement on global security. Frederking notes that security cooperation today must cope with two historically unique realities: high levels of "security interdependence," in which threats such as nuclear proliferation and terrorism can be tackled only through sustained cooperation, and U.S. military supremacy, in which one state stands above all the others. The dilemma for the United States is that it would like to maintain its position, but if it acts unilaterally, it risks undermining its role as a legitimate leader and alienating states whose cooperation it needs. Frederking traces this conundrum as it has played out in post-Cold War UN Security Council debates over peacekeeping, economic sanctions, judicial tribunals, and the use of force. He nicely illuminates the difficulties of constructing collective security rules in a one-superpower world while also making a strong argument for why the United States should work through the Security Council nonetheless.