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Alan J. Kuperman

Alan J. Kuperman

Associate Professor of Public Affairs


Contact Info

512-471-8245
SRH 3.354
akuperman@mail.utexas.edu

Office Hours

Spring 2013: Thursday, 11-1:00 p.m. or by appointment

Dr. Kuperman teaches courses in global policy studies and is coordinator of the Nuclear Proliferation Prevention Project (www.NPPP.org). His research focuses on ethnic conflict, nuclear nonproliferation, and U.S. military intervention. Dr. Kuperman is author of The Limits of Humanitarian Intervention: Genocide in Rwanda (Brookings, 2001), editor of Constitutions and Conflict Management in Africa: Preventing Civil War Through Institutional Design (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014) and Nuclear Terrorism and Global Security: The Challenge of Phasing out Highly Enriched Uranium (Routledge, 2013), and co-editor of Gambling on Humanitarian Intervention: Moral Hazard, Rebellion and Civil War (Routledge, 2006). His articles have appeared in journals and newspapers including Foreign Affairs, International Security, and The New York Times, he has chapters in many edited volumes, and he frequently appears on television and radio.

During 2002-2005, Dr. Kuperman was Resident Assistant Professor and coordinator of the International Relations program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Bologna, Italy. In 2009-2010, he was a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, in Washington, DC. In 2013-2014, he was a senior fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace, in Washington, DC.  Prior to his academic career, Kuperman worked as Legislative Director for Congressman Charles Schumer, Legislative Assistant for U.S. House Speaker Thomas Foley, Chief of Staff for Congressman James Scheuer, Senior Policy Analyst for the nongovernmental Nuclear Control Institute, and fellow at the U.S. Agency for International Development. He holds an A.B. in Physical Sciences from Harvard University, an M.A. in International Relations and International Economics from SAIS, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

 


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Education

Ph.D. in Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; M.A. in International Relations and International Economics, School of Advanced International Studies

Current Positions

Coordinator, Nuclear Proliferation Prevention Project; Associate, Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law

Previous Positions

Resident Assistant Professor of International Relations, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies; Fellow, U.S. Agency for International Development's Office of Caribbean Affairs; Legislative Director, Congressman Charles Schumer; Legislative Assistant, U.S. House Speaker Thomas Foley; Chief of Staff, Congressman James Scheuer; Senior Policy Analyst, Nuclear Control Institute

Books Authored

The Limits of Humanitarian Intervention: Genocide in Rwanda (Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press, 2001), www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0815700857/kuperman-20.

Books Edited

Gambling on Humanitarian Intervention: Moral Hazard, Rebellion and Civil War (New York: Routledge, 2006), co-edited with Timothy W. Crawford, www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0415379466/kuperman-20.

Chapters in Books

“Humanitarian Intervention” in Robert J. Art and Robert Jervis, eds., International Politics: Enduring Concepts and Contemporary Issues, 10th Edition (Longman, 2010), forthcoming.

“Humanitarian Intervention,” in Michael Goodhart, ed., Human Rights: Politics and Practice (Oxford University Press, 2009), pp. 334-353.

“Suicidal Rebellions and the Moral Hazard of Humanitarian Intervention,” in Adam Jones, ed., Prevention, Intervention, and Accountability, vol. 4 in Adam Jones, ed., Genocide, 4 vols. (London: Sage Publications, 2008).

“A Small Intervention: Lessons from Liberia 2003,” in Jim Wirtz and Jeff Larsen, eds., Naval Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Operations: Stability from the Sea (Abingdon: Routledge, 2009), pp. 153-169.

“Ripeness Revisited: The Perils of Muscular Mediation,” in Terrence Lyons and Gilbert Khadiagala, eds., Conflict Management and Africa: Negotiation, Mediation, and Politics (Abingdon: Routledge, 2008), pp. 9-21.

“Is Partition Really the Only Hope? Reconciling Contradictory Findings About Ethnic Civil Wars,” in Roy Licklider and Mia Bloom, eds., Living Together After Ethnic Killing: Exploring the Chaim Kaufmann Argument (New York: Routledge, 2007), pp. 174-209.

“Power-Sharing or Partition? History’s Lessons for Keeping the Peace in Bosnia,” in Michael Innes, ed., Bosnian Security After Dayton: New Perspectives (New York: Routledge, 2006), pp. 23-50.

“Suicidal Rebellions and the Moral Hazard of Humanitarian Intervention,” in Timothy W. Crawford and Alan J. Kuperman, eds., Gambling on Humanitarian Intervention: Moral Hazard, Rebellion and Civil War (New York: Routledge, 2006), pp. 1-25.

“Introduction: Debating the Hazards of Intervention,” in Timothy W. Crawford and Alan J. Kuperman, eds., Gambling on Humanitarian Intervention: Moral Hazard, Rebellion and Civil War (New York: Routledge, 2006), co-authored with Timothy W. Crawford, pp. vii-xi.

“How Media Missed Rwandan Genocide,” in Allan Thompson, ed., The Media and the Rwanda Genocide (London: Pluto Press, 2006), pp. 256-60.

“Humanitarian Hazard: Revisiting Doctrines of Intervention,” in George Shambaugh and Andrew Bennett, eds., Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Issues in American Foreign Policy, Third Edition (New York: McGraw-Hill/Dushkin, 2005), pp. 342-48. (Also in Fourth and Fifth Edition.)

“Provoking Genocide: A Revised History of the Rwandan Patriotic Front,” in Colin Tatz, et al., ed., Genocide Perspectives, Volume III (Blackheath, Australia: Brandl and Schlesinger, 2006), pp. 173-195.

“Transnational Causes of Genocide: Or How the West Inadvertently Exacerbates Ethnic Conflict,” in Raju G. C. Thomas, ed., Yugoslavia Unraveled: Sovereignty, Self-Determination, Intervention (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2003), pp. 55-85.

“Civilian Highly Enriched Uranium and the Fissile Material Convention,” in Paul L. Leventhal, ed., Nuclear Power & the Spread of Nuclear Weapons (Dulles, VA: Brassey’s Inc., 2002), pp. 249-260.

“Rwanda in Retrospect,” in James F. Hoge, Jr. and Gideon Rose, eds., American Foreign Policy: Cases and Choices (New York: Foreign Affairs Books, 2003), pp. 76-100.

"The Stinger Missile and U.S. Intervention in Afghanistan," in Demetrios James Caraley, ed., The New American Interventionism: Successes and Failures (New York: Columbia University Press, 1999), pp. 159-203.

Articles in Refereed Journals

“Darfur: Strategic Victimhood Strikes Again?” Genocide Studies and Prevention 4,3 (December 2009), pp. 281– 303.

“Wishful Thinking Will Not Stop Genocide: Suggestions for a More Realistic Strategy,” Genocide Studies and Prevention 4,2 (August 2009), pp. 191–199.

“Rethinking the Responsibility to Protect,” Whitehead Journal of Diplomacy and International Relations, 10,1 (Winter/Spring 2009), pp. 33-43.

“Mitigating the Moral Hazard of Humanitarian Intervention: Lessons from Economics,” Global Governance 14,2 (April-June 2008), pp. 219-240.

“The Moral Hazard of Humanitarian Intervention: Lessons from the Balkans,” International Studies Quarterly 52,1 (March 2008), pp. 49-80, www.ukrainianstudies.uottawa.ca/pdf/Kuperman%202008.pdf.

“Bomb-Grade Bazaar,” Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Vol. 62, No. 2 (March/April 2006), cover story, pp. 44- 50.

“Suicidal Rebellions and the Moral Hazard of Humanitarian Intervention,” Ethnopolitics, Vol. 4, No. 2 (June 2005), pp. 149-73.

“Introduction: Debating the Hazards of Intervention,” Ethnopolitics, Vol. 4, No. 2 (June 2005), pp. 143–47, co- authored with Timothy W. Crawford.

“Is Partition Really the Only Hope? Reconciling Contradictory Findings About Ethnic Civil Wars,” Security Studies Vol. 13, No. 4 (Summer 2004), pp. 314 - 49.

“Provoking Genocide: A Revised History of the Rwandan Patriotic Front,” Journal of Genocide Research, Vol. 6, No. 1 (March 2004), pp. 61-84.

“Rwanda in Retrospect,” Foreign Affairs, Vol. 79, No. 1 (January/February 2000), pp. 94-118. "The Stinger Missile and U.S. Intervention in Afghanistan," Political Science Quarterly, Vol. 114, No. 2 (Summer1999), pp. 219-63.

"The Other Lesson of Rwanda: Mediators Sometimes Do More Damage Than Good," SAIS Review, Vol. XVI, No. 1 (Winter-Spring 1996), pp. 221-240.

Articles in Other Journals

“Averting the Third Kosovo War,” The American Interest, Vol. 3, No. 3 (Jan-Feb 2008), pp. 52-58, http://www.the-american-interest.com/ai2/article-bd.cfm?MId=17&Id=380.

“Humanitarian Hazard: Revisiting Doctrines of Intervention,” Harvard International Review, Vol. 26, No. 1 (Spring 2004), pp. 64-68.

“How Media Missed Rwandan Genocide,” IPI Report, Vol. 6, No. 1 (First Quarter 2000), pp. 11-13.

Dissertation

Tragic Challenges and the Moral Hazard of Humanitarian Intervention: How and Why Ethnic Groups Provoke Genocidal Retaliation, PhD Dissertation (Cambridge, MA: MIT, 2002).

Opinion Articles

“There’s Only One Way to Stop Iran,” New York Times, op-ed, December 24, 2009, p. A23, http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/24/opinion/24kuperman.html.

“Government inflated fear of medical isotope shortage,” Toronto Star, op-ed, March 1, 2008, p. A6, www.thestar.com/comment/article/308320.

“The U.N.'s Flawed Kosovo Plan,” Wall Street Journal, op-ed, August 16, 2007, p. A11.

“How can we deprive al-Qaeda of an Iraqi base? Arm moderate Sunnis,” USA Today, op-ed, April 4, 2007.

“Strategic Victimhood in Sudan,” New York Times, op-ed, May 31, 2006, p. 19.

“The Energy Bill's Gift to Terrorists,” New York Times, op-ed, August 11, 2005.

“Canadian Con: A manufacturer uses false scare tactics to push its agenda,” National Review Online, op-ed, June 20, 2005, available at http://www.nationalreview.com/comment/kuperman200506200751.asp.

“Next Steps in Sudan,” Washington Post, op-ed, September 28, 2004, p. A27.

“Halting genocide is easier said than done: Lessons from Rwanda,” International Herald Tribune, op-ed, June 25, 2004.

“Running Risks with Uranium,” The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC), op-ed, November 21, 2003.

“Loose Nukes of the West,” Washington Post, op-ed, May 7, 2003.

“Lack of Troops Threatens Bush’s Postwar Goals,” USA Today, op-ed, April 17, 2003.

“Should the USA Punch First? No.” USA Today, op-ed, November 12, 2002.

“Iraq Next Target? Beware of Unintended Costs,” USA Today, op-ed, December 11, 2001.

“Will Missiles Return to Sting?” USA Today, op-ed, November 14, 2001.

“Once Again, Peacekeepers Arrive Too Late [in East Timor],” Wall Street Journal, op-ed, September 21, 1999.

“Fixing a Bad Deal with Russia,” Boston Globe, op-ed, July 22, 1999.

“Perspective on Kosovo: Support of Rebels Was a Mistake,” Los Angeles Times, op-ed, April 11, 1999.

“Rambouillet Requiem: Why the Talks [on Kosovo] Failed,” Wall Street Journal, op-ed, March 4, 1999.

“The Rwanda Failure,” The Washington Post, op-ed, December 29, 1998.

“Kosovo Option: Conditional Surrender,” The Washington Post, op-ed, September 25, 1998.

“U.S. Policy Is the Option That Works [in Iraq],” Los Angeles Times, op-ed, September 18, 1998.

“The Good Achieved by Nuclear Transports,” Sacramento Bee, op-ed, July 21, 1998, p. B7.

“False Hope Abroad: Promises to Intervene Often Bring Bloodshed,” The Washington Post, Outlook Section, June 14, 1998.

“A Coup Against Saddam -- Then What?” Los Angeles Times, op-ed, March 13, 1998.

“A Three-Nation Nuclear End Run,” International Herald Tribune, op-ed, June 8-9, 1996, co-authored with Paul Leventhal.

“Nonproliferation Fumble,” The Washington Post, op-ed, August 26, 1994, co-authored with Paul Leventhal.

“Nuclear Proliferation is Everybody's Business,” Los Angeles Times, op-ed, December 25, 1988, co-authored with Paul Leventhal.

“Putting Alaska in the path of a plutonium catastrophe,” Anchorage Daily News, op-ed, April 11, 1988, co- authored with Paul Leventhal.

“The A-Bomb Material in Civilian Reactors,” The Washington Post, op-ed, September 23, 1987.

Review Essays and Book Reviews

“The Role of France in the Rwandan Genocide; and The Failure to Prevent Genocide in Rwanda: The Role of Bystanders,” review essay, Journal of Genocide Research, Vol. 11, No. 4 (Dec 2009), pp. 536-541.

“The Responsibility to Protect: Ending Mass Atrocity Crimes Once and for All,” book review, Political Science Quarterly 124, 3 (Fall 2009), pp. 590-591.

“Why Not Kill Them All? The Logic and Prevention of Mass Political Murder,” book review, Perspectives on Politics, Vol. 7, No. 1 (March 2009), pp. 220-221.

“Darfur: A Short History of a Long War; and A Long Day’s Dying: Critical Moments in the Darfur Genocide,” review essay, Journal of Genocide Research, Vol. 10, No. 2 (June 2008), pp. 309-314.

“Be Not Afraid, For You Have Sons in America: How a Brooklyn Roofer Helped Lure the U.S. into the Kosovo War,” book review, Journal of Genocide Research, Vol. 8, No. 1 (March 2006), pp. 101-103.

“Peacemaking in Rwanda: The Dynamics of Failure,” book review, Nationalism & Ethnic Politics, Vol. 12, No. 2 (Summer 2006), pp. 296-99.

“Expanding Global Military Capacity for Humanitarian Intervention,” book review, Contemporary Security Policy, Vol. 24, No. 2 (August 2003), pp. 184-86.

“The New Killing Fields: Massacre and the Politics of Intervention,” book review, International Affairs, Vol. 79, No. 2 (March 2003).

“Suffering,” review essay of A Bed for the Night: Humanitarianism in Crisis, The National Interest, No. 71 (March 2003).

“Kosovo: How Myths and Truths Started a War; and The Battle of Kosovo,” review essay, Nationalism & Ethnic Politics, Vol. 6, No. 3 (Autumn 2000), pp. 117-119.

Other Published Works

“Fueling an Iranian bomb?” Washington Post, letters, October 20, 2009. “No to a Darfur No-Fly Zone,” Washington Post, letters, March 10, 2009, p. A12.

“Better Late Than Never,” The American Interest Online, November 17, 2008, http://the-american- interest.com/contd/?p=678.

“Crimes That Need No Exaggeration,” Washington Post, letters, July 29, 2008, p. A16.

“Ocampo and Bashir: The Milosevic Precedent,” Making Sense of Darfur, June 23, 2008, http://www.ssrc.org/blogs/darfur/2008/06/23/ocampo-and-bashir-the-milosevic-precedent/.

“Averting the Third Kosovo War,” USI Digest (India), Vol. X, No. 19 (Sep 2007 - Feb 2008).

“Should the United States Recognize Kosovo?”, online debate, sponsored by Council on Foreign Relations, December 17-28, 2007, www.cfr.org/publication/15098/.

“America's Role in Somalia's Problems,” Washington Post, letters, December 3, 2007, p. A16.

“Kako izbjeći novo krvoproliće,” Novi Reporter (Banja Luka, Bosnia), No. 235 (September 12, 2007), pp. 28-29.

“Genocide: The Cases of Rwanda and Sudan,” Footnotes (the newsletter of the Marvin Wachman Fund for International Education, Foreign Policy Research Institute), Vol. 12, No.14 (May 2007), www.fpri.org/footnotes/1215.200705.kuperman.genociderwandasudan.html.

“Targeting Iran's Nuclear Weapons,” Washington Post, letters, February 12, 2007, p. A16.

“Relative Deprivation,” entry in William A. Darity, ed., International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, 2nd edition (New York: Macmillan, forthcoming in 2007).

“Loose Nukes of the West,” in Clint Willis and Nate Hardcastle, eds., The I Hate the 21st Century Reader (Thunder's Mouth Press, 2006), pp. 39-44.

“The Real Toll of War,” Washington Post, letters, October 25, 2005.

“Through the Prism of Left and Right,” New York Times, letters, October 12, 2005. Reprinted in Andrea A. Lunsford, et al., eds., Everything's an Argument with Readings, Fourth Edition (New York: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2006).

“Reply to Melvern review of The Limits of Humanitarian Intervention,” H-Genocide, May 30, 2003, available at: http://h-net.msu.edu/cgi-bin/logbrowse.pl?trx=vx&list=h-genocide&month=0305&week=e&msg =Wn9SRPeAzHUT7fwOT cbw/w&user=&pw=.

“Dangerous Nuclear Trade,” Washington Post, letters, May 23, 2003.

“Wishful Thinking on Rwanda,” Foreign Affairs, letters, Vol. 81, No. 6 (November/December 2002).

“Riskier to Fight Iraq,” New York Times, letters, April 13, 2002.

“No to Nation-Building,” New York Times, letters, February 11, 2002.

“Stinging Rebukes,” Foreign Affairs, letters, Vol. 81, No. 1 (January/February 2002).

“Response to ‘Bystanders to Genocide,’” Atlantic Monthly, letters, December 2001.

“What if Terror Went Nuclear?” New York Times, letters, November 25, 2001.

“Rejoinder,” Journal of Humanitarian Assistance, November 12, 2001, http://www.jha.ac/books/br024a.htm.

"The Nuke Factor," Washington Post, letters, November 7, 2001.

“Kuperman Replies,” Foreign Affairs, Vol. 79, No. 3 (May/June 2000).

“Don’t Court Disaster in Iraq,” Wall Street Journal, letters, November 18, 1999.

"Albright Painted Milosevic Into a Corner," Wall Street Journal, letters, July 14, 1999.

"Botched Diplomacy Led to War [in Kosovo]," Wall Street Journal, letters, June 17, 1999.

“Stick to Your Guns,” Foreign Affairs, letters, Vol. 78, No. 3 (May/June 1999).

“NATO Move May Widen War [in Kosovo],” USA Today, letters, October 9-11, 1998.

"In Balkans, Time to Intervene?" New York Times, letters, October, 5, 1998.

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