About the Center

The Center for Security, Innovation, and New Technology (CSINT) at the School of International Service at American University is an interdisciplinary research hub designed to address the wide-ranging impacts of new technologies and non-traditional threats. Our participants are experts in fields ranging from cyber security, great power conflict, malicious nonstate actors, climate impacts, global health security, data analytics, and technological innovation. The center engages students, faculty, and professionals in cross-cultural dialogue on the advantages and disadvantages of emerging technologies across the globe. We are committed to a balanced, forward-thinking approach that fosters serious engagement about the future impacts of technology across a broad spectrum of fields.

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People

Director

Professor Audrey Kurth Cronin is one of the world’s leading experts on security and how conflicts end. Her career incorporates experience in both academic and policy positions, both in the US and abroad. Before joining American University in 2016, she was founding Director of the International Security Program at George Mason University. Previously, she worked as a Specialist in Terrorism at the Congressional Research Service, advising Members of Congress in the aftermath of 9/11. She also held a number of positions in the US executive branch, including in the office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy, and was Director of Studies for Oxford University’s Changing Character of War program. She has been Chairman of the Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum and a frequent speaker at the WEF’s annual meeting in Davos. She is the author of dozens of articles and numerous books, notably including How Terrorism Ends: Understanding the Decline and Demise of Terrorist Campaigns (Princeton University Press, 2009).

Co-Director

Joshua Rovner is Associate Professor in the School of International Service at American University. Dr. Rovner is the author of Fixing the Facts: National Security and the Politics of Intelligence (Cornell University Press, 2011); and the co-editor of Chaos in the Liberal Order: The Trump Presidency and International Politics in the 21st Century (Columbia University Press, 2018). In addition to many articles and book chapters on intelligence and strategy, he writes a regular column at War on the Rocks. Dr. Rovner is the Managing Editor of H-Diplo's International Security Studies Forum, and Deputy Editor of The Journal of Strategic Studies. In 2018 and 2019 he served as Scholar-in-Residence at the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command.  

Supporting staff

Jess Regan, Program Specialist 

Jess's diverse background in higher education, non-profit work, and the digital arts allows her to provide a myriad of support to the Center through various channels including design work, content development, event planning, and program management. (regan@american.edu)

Peter O'Donnell, Graduate Assistant

Peter joins AU with a degree in International Studies and Politics from Centre College. Most recently, he was a Community Outreach Strategist at City of Boston and a US Fulbright Scholar. Peter is a Teaching Assistant and provides general support to the Center.  

 

2020-2021 CSINT Fellows

Divya Ramjee

Divya Ramjee is a PhD candidate and adjunct professor at American University in Washington, D.C., in the Department of Justice, Law & Criminology. Her research interests include cybercrime and intellectual property crime; biotechnology; and the application of machine learning methodologies in the fields of criminology, law, and security.

Chelsea Corum

Chelsea Corum is a first year AU Graduate student in the International Affairs Policy and Analysis Program at SIS.  Her research interests are in cyber security and artificial intelligence.

Nicholas Iacobuzio 

Nicholas Iacobuzio is a current graduate student in American University's US Foreign Policy and National Security program, where he concentrates in cybersecurity and intelligence.

Kyle Sallee

Kyle Sallee is a current graduate student in the School of International Service’s U.S. Foreign Policy and National Security program. Kyle is exploring the impacts of Chinese and Russian state-owned nuclear corporations on the proliferation of nuclear energy within Eurasia and Africa.

Pragya Jain

Pragya Jain is an undergraduate sophomore studying International Relations with a minor in Data Science. She has an interest in how emerging technologies can greatly change global relations. Her research focuses include clean energy and technology as well as the implications artificial intelligence will have on humanity.

Associated Faculty

Earl Anthony Wayne Hurst Senior Professorial Lecturer and Distinguished Diplomat in Residence SIS - School of International Service

  eawayne@american.edu

Past CSINT Fellows & Interns

2019-2020 CSINT Fellows

  • Dan Lee - SIS, Foreign Policy and National Security
  • Bob McDonald - SIS, Global Governance, Politics, and Security
  • Nick Winstead - SIS, Foreign Policy and National Security

2020 Summer Intern

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  • Reid Barbier - SIS, Foreign Policy and National Security