On Friday, April 7, Micah Levinson '05 delivered the School's 14th annual Levinson History Lecture. Micah's lecture investigated why some governments permit secession to occur peacefully, while others attempt to prevent it from occurring with military force. He used this topic, and a number of case studies, to explore the ways in which different governmental models—democratic, authoritarian, oligarchic, monarchic—respond to internal unrest.
After his talk, Levinson took student and faculty questions about current secession events, such as Brexit, and secession as it has occurred within the United States, both those in the past and the possibility of such events occurring again in the future.
Micah is an Instructor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He anticipates completing his PhD in Political Science at UNC Chapel Hill in spring 2017, and will begin working for the Middle East Forum, a foreign policy think tank, this May. Previously, he received certification in counterterrorism studies from Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, a non-profit research institution in Israel, and has served as a Junior Fellow for the American Foreign Policy Council. His research focuses on the dynamics of revolutionary groups, the stability of authoritarian regimes, and international relations in the Middle East. He has published articles on these topics in a number of scholarly journals, including Comparative Strategy; Politics, Philosophy & Economics; The Middle East Quarterly, and The Journal of International Security Affairs. Professor Levinson received a BA in Government from Harvard University and an MA in Political Economy and Public Policy from Washington University in St. Louis.St. Andrew's Levinson History Lecture was endowed by David N. Levinson '53 P'05 and his family to provide an annual lecture in history, politics, economics, or related social science fields. Past lecturers have included William Casey King, Executive Director of the Yale Center for Analytical Studies; Ilan Berman, Vice President of the American Foreign Policy Council; and Daniel Pipes, President of the Middle East Forum.