Stephen Hill graduated with a PhD in political science from the University of Birmingham, UK, in 1999. He has taught in the Department of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire since 2002. He currently teaches courses in `Introduction to World Politics', `International Conflict', `International Relations Theory' and `US National Security Policy'. He principally researches in the areas of UN peacekeeping, civil conflict resolution and paramilitary policing. His most recent book is `UN Disarmament Processes in Intra-State Conflict', Palgrave/Macmillan, 2005. He has also published articles in the journals, Contemporary Security Policy, Civil Wars, Democracy and Security and Social Justice.