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(831) 656-2904
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Associate Professor

Expertise: Russia, Ukraine, economic and financial globalization, sanctions, interdependence, advanced and emerging technologies, economics and security, geostrategic competition, international change, WMD, sovereignty, international law, law of armed conflict


Anne Clunan is Associate Professor of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School and a Faculty Affiliate at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University. She was the founding director of the Program on Advanced Systems and Concepts for Countering WMD, and past director of the Center on Contemporary Conflict. Her interests focus on intersections among economic globalization, emerging technologies, national security, great power competition, and international change. Her primary country of expertise is Russia; although she has extensive knowledge of Europe, Ukraine, and Chinese economic and technology issues.

She has published on Russia’s security and economic interests and national identity; technology and international change; international status competition and major powers; economic globalization and sovereignty; ungoverned spaces and non-state actors; biological weapons and biotechnology; nanotechnology; and terrorism financing

She teaches on Global Political Economy, Science and Technology in Geostrategic Conflict, Eur-Asia in the Global Economic Order, Russian Foreign Policy and International Law. . 

Her work has been published by Cambridge, Oxford, Stanford and Johns Hopkins University Presses, Ethics and International Affairs, Communist and Post-Communist StudiesPolitical Science Quarterly, and Perspectives on Politics.  She is author of The Social Construction of Russia’s Resurgence: Aspirations, Identity, and Security Interests and co-editor of two edited volumes, Ungoverned Spaces: Alternative Governance in an Era of Softened Sovereignty and Terrorism, War or Disease? Unraveling the Use of Biological Weapons. 

Clunan also has twenty years of experience leading international non-governmental organizations in 26 countries transitioning from communism. She has worked in the U.S. Senate, the U.S. Department of State, and the British Houses of Parliament. She is a member of the International Working Group on Russian Sanctions, chaired by Ukrainian President Zelensky’s Chief of Staff, Andrii Yermak, and former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Mike McFaul. Her awards include the Velvet Revolution Award from the Czech and Slovak governments, and the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency Director’s Award for Outstanding Service. She earned her Ph.D. in political science at the University of California, Berkeley and her B.S.F.S. at Georgetown University.


Selected publications:

Clunan, Anne L. “Science, Technology and Peaceful Change in World Politics,” Ch. 21 in T.V. Paul, Deborah Welch Larson, Harold A. Trinkunas, Anders Wivel and Ralf Emmers, Oxford Handbook of Peaceful Change in International Relations (Oxford, New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2021). Online publication February 2021. http://10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190097356.013.23

Clunan, Anne L. “Russia and the Liberal World Order,” Ethics & International Affairs 32, 1 2018): 1-15. [http://doi:10.1017/S0892679418000096]http://doi:10.1017/S0892679418000096.