Antonia Chayes

Borderless Wars

Civil-Military Disorder and Legal Uncertainty


Antonia Chayes is Professor of Practice in International Politics and Law at The Fletcher School. She taught at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Law School. Chayes was Vice Chair of Conflict Management Group (CMG), an international nonprofit dispute resolution organization. She mediated corporate disputes for JAMS/Endispute. As Board member of United Technologies Corporation for 21 years, she chaired its Public Issues Review Committee, and served on its Executive Committee until retiring in 2002. During the Carter Administration she was Assistant and later, Under Secretary of the US Air Force, where she was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal.  She has served on several Federal Commissions, including the Vice President’s White House Aviation Safety and Security Commission, and the Commission on Roles and Missions of the United States Armed Forces.  She has also practiced law in a Boston law firm. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and served on the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law. She was honored with the Radcliffe Alumnae Award in recognition of her career of distinguished service. She is the author of a number of books and articles. Best known: Abram Chayes and Antonia Chayes “The New Sovereignty” (Harvard U. Press 1995). “Borderless Wars: Civil-Military Disorder and Legal Uncertainty”) She received her B.A. from Harvard (Radcliffe), attended Yale Law School, and received the J.D. from George Washington University. She is the mother of five; grandmother of nine, greatgrandmother of one and widow of the late Abram Chayes.

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