Professor Krebs is currently working on two major projects: (1) Liberty's Trial: International Conflict and the Health of Democracy, which explores the long-run effects of international conflict on democratic institutions and processes; and (2) Soldiering and Citizenship After the Cold War, which examines how societies and publics have construed military service since they no longer recruit for the military through mass conscription and what implications this has for the use of force, casualty tolerance, civil-military relations, and militarism.
Professor Krebs has published articles in numerous scholarly journals, including International Organization, International Security, European Journal of International Relations, Security Studies, International Studies Quarterly, Political Science Quarterly, Armed Forces & Society, Perspectives on Politics, Journal of Strategic Studies, Survival, and Orbis, as well as in edited volumes. His commentaries have appeared in, among others, Foreign Affairs, ForeignPolicy.com, Slate, the Washington Post, the International Herald Tribune, the Chicago Tribune, and the Minneapolis Star Tribune. He is also the author of a historical monograph, Dueling Visions: U.S. Strategy Toward Eastern Europe Under Eisenhower (Texas A & M University Press, 2001).
Professor Krebs has been named a Fulbright Senior Scholar (Israel, fall 2012) and a McKnight Land-Grant Professor at the University of Minnesota (2006-2008). His current research has also received support from the United States Institute of Peace and from the Donald D. Harrington Faculty Fellows Program at the University of Texas at Austin. He has also been awarded research fellowships by, among other institutions, the John M. Olin Institute for Strategic Studies at Harvard University, the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University, the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, the United States Institute of Peace, the Institute for the Study of World Politics, and the Eisenhower World Affairs Institute.
Professor Krebs has been an associate editor at the scholarly journal Security Studies and an assistant editor at Foreign Affairs.
Professor Ron Krebs' research interests include: international relations theory; international security; the causes and consequences of war and military service; language and politics; and counterterrorism.