Anne Clunan

Anne Clunan


Not in residence

Research Interests

Emerging security threats; science and technology and security; Russia; Brazil; emerging powers’ strategic policy; globalization, and governance


Anne L. Clunan is associate professor of National Security at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, CA and a faculty affiliate at CISAC. Previously, Clunan was director of the NPS Center on Contemporary Conflict and founder and director of the Project on Advanced Systems and Concepts for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (PASCC) and a visiting professor at CISAC. She earned her Ph.D. in political science at the University of California, Berkeley.

Her research focus on how states define and respond to traditional and nontraditional security threats, Russian foreign policy; science and technology and rising powers, and the implications of globalization for state sovereignty and governance. She has published on non-state actors and ungoverned spaces; Russian national security policy; international status and rising powers; globalization, governance and sovereignty; nuclear arms control; biological weapons; and terrorism financing.

She is author of The Social Construction of Russia’s Resurgence: Aspirations, Identity, and Security Interests (Johns Hopkins, 2009) and editor of two edited volumes, Ungoverned Spaces (Stanford, 2010) and Terrorism, War or Disease? (Stanford 2008). Her work has appeared in Political Science QuarterlyPerspectives on Politics, and a number of edited volumes.

Clunan has twenty years experience leading international non-governmental organizations in 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 the recipient of 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 received her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.