Robert Ralston is a Non-Resident Fellow at the Quincy Institute and a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in the Department of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Birmingham, UK. He is also a Hans J. Morgenthau Fellow at the Notre Dame International Security Center. Robert studies international security, grand strategy, and civil-military relations, with a specific focus on decline and declinism and the politics of military service. Robert\’s work has appeared in International Studies Quarterly, Perspectives on Politics, Journal of Global Security Studies, Armed Forces & Society, Journal of Human Rights Practice, and The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics. Additionally, his work has appeared in popular outlets such as Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The Washington Post/Made by History, War on the Rocks, The Conversation, and The Duck of Minerva.