Joseph M. Siracusa is Professor in Human Security and International Diplomacy and Discipline Head of Global Studies in the School of Global Studies, Social Science and Planning, at RMIT University, where he is a specialist in American politics and global security. A native of Chicago and long-time resident of Australia, he studied at the University of Denver and the University of Vienna and received his PhD from the University of Colorado (Boulder). He is internationally known for his writings on nuclear history, international diplomacy, and presidential politics. Professor Siracusa is also a frequent political affairs commentator in the Australian media, including ABC Radio. He has worked at Merrill Lynch, in Boston, the University of Queensland, and for three years served as senior visiting fellow in the Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance, Griffith University where he specialized in counter-terrorism. Among his numerous books are A History of United States Foreign Policy; Depression to Cold War: A History of America from Herbert Hoover to Ronald Reagan (with David G. Coleman); Presidential Profiles: The Kennedy Years, Real-World Nuclear Deterrence: The Making of International Strategy (with David G. Coleman); Nuclear Weapons; Reagan, Bush, Gorbachev: Revisiting the End of the Cold War (with Norman A. Graebner and Richard Dean Burns); and Globalization and Human Security (with Paul Battersby).