Antonia Handler Chayes

Antonia Chayes

Visiting Professor of International Law and Politics at Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University

Lawyer, educator, and former undersecretary of the Air Force, Antonia Handler Chayes teaches courses on civil military relations in postconflict environments, international treaty behavior, and the law and politics of international conflict management. Prior to her appointment at Tufts, she served on the faculty of the Kennedy School of Government and as vice chair and senior consultant for the Conflict Management Group, a nonprofit international dispute resolution organization. In addition to cofounding and mediating corporate disputes for JAMS/Endispute, Chayes served on the board of United Technologies Corporation for 21 years.

During the Carter administration she was undersecretary of the U.S. Air Force, where she was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal. She also served on several federal commissions, including the White House Aviation Safety and Security Commission and the Commission on Roles and Missions of the United States Armed Forces. Chayes has continued to practice law in the Boston law firm Csaplar & Bok.


L.L.B., George Washington University

B.A., Radcliffe College, Harvard University

Research interests

International treaties, international security and arms control, conflict management and peacebuilding, international organizations, nuclear strategy, nuclear weapons

Selected publications

  • Borderless Wars: Civil-Military Disorder and Legal Uncertainty. Cambridge University Press, 2015.
  • “How American Treaty Behavior Threatens National Security.” International Security 33, no. 1 (2008): 45–81.
  • With Martha Minow, eds. Imagine Coexistence: Restoring Humanity after Violent Conflict. Jossey-Bass, 2003.

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