Associate Professor; Associate Chair for Research; Director, Center on Contemporary Conflict
Emerging security threats; Globalization and governance; Sovereignty; International relations theory; International law and organization; Russia and the former Soviet Union; Social psychology
Anne L. Clunan is Associate Professor of National Security and Director of the Center on Contemporary Conflict Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. She earned her Ph.D. in political science at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research and teaching interests focus on how states define and respond to emerging national security threats, and on the implications of globalization for state sovereignty and governance. Her research has focused on ungoverned spaces, biological weapons attribution, Russian national security policy regarding nuclear weapons and NATO, threat financing, and globalization and non-state actors.
She is co-editor, with Harold Trinkunas, of Ungoverned Spaces? Alternatives to State Authority in an Era of Softened Sovereignty (Stanford University Press, 2010), which explores the dangers “ungoverned spaces”—ranging from the Afghan-Pakistan border to cyberspace—pose to states. Her most recent monograph is The Social Construction of Russia’s Resurgence: Aspirations, Identity and Security Interests (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009). She is co-editor, with Peter R. Lavoy and Susan B. Martin, of Terrorism, War or Disease? Unraveling the Use of Biological Weapons (Stanford University Press, 2008). Other recent publications include “The Fight Against Terrorist Financing” in Political Science Quarterly (Winter 2006/2007), and contributions to Global Politics of Defense Reform (Palgrave MacMillan, 2008), and Terrorist Attacks And Nuclear Proliferation: Strategies For Overlapping Dangers (Academy of Political Science, 2007).
Clunan has twenty years experience directing international educational non-profit organizations. Prior to her academic career, she founded and led the Civic Education Project, Inc., an international non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting civil society and educational development in twenty-six former communist countries. Clunan has worked in the United States Senate, the U.S. Department of State, and the British Houses of Parliament. In 1999 she received the Velvet Revolution Award from the Czech and Slovak governments for her work promoting democracy and friendship between the peoples of the Czech and Slovak Republics and the United States of America. She received her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.