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Cynthia Roberts

M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Columbia Unversity
Certificate, Harriman Institute, Columbia University

Office: 1728 HW
Voice:  212.772.5502
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Areas of Specialization:  International Relations, International Security, Transatlantic and European Security; NATO, Extended Deterrence; Nuclear Strategy and Policies; Chinese and Russian Financial Statecraft;  Authoritarian States, Great Power Competition, and Power Shifts (China and Russia); Russian Politics, Political Economy, Foreign, and Military Policy; Soviet History; BRICS and Multiple International Orders.

PLSC 100:  Introduction to Politics: Democracy, Anarchy, and the State
PLSC 115Introduction to International Politics
PLSC 270:  International Relations: Conceptual Foundations and Current Issues
PLSC 273.08: Great Powers and Global Politics
PLSC 273.30: China, Russia and the US in Great Power Competition
PLSC 282:  International Security
PLSC 377:  Theories of International Politics
PLSC 378:  Russian National Interest: Past & Present
PLSC 379:  War and Strategy
PLSC 380:  European Security
PLSC 383:  Rising Powers, China, the U.S, and World Order
PLSC 385: The Nuclear Age: Nuclear Weapons, War and Peace
HONS 2011:  Contemporary Russia in a Globalized World
HONS 301.25: Post-Communist Europe: Political and Economic Challenges

Bio:  Cynthia Roberts is a Professor of Political Science at Hunter College and also a Senior Research Scholar at the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies and Adjunct Professor of International Affairs at Columbia University. In 2019, with support from a Council on Foreign Relations fellowship, Dr. Roberts served as a policy adviser at the Joint Staff, Department of Defense in J-5, Strategy, Plans and Policy. Prof. Roberts is a member of the John J. McCloy Roundtable on Setting the National Security Agenda at the Council on Foreign Relations. Previously, Dr. Roberts was Director of the Russian Area Studies Graduate Program at Hunter and served as a member of the Executive Committee on Science, Arms Control, and National Security of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She has held research fellowships at the Brookings Institution and Stanford University, received several grants, including from the Ford Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and serves as a consultant on international security issues. 

Recent Publications: 
*  The BRICS and Collective Financial Statecraft
. New York: Oxford University Press, 2018 (with L.E. Armijo and S.N. Katada).    Reviewed in Foreign Affairs, Perspectives on Politics, International Affairs, and The Syndicate among other publications. Noted as one of the “Top 5 Books” (April 2019) by International Affairs (Chatham House, UK). 
* Forthcoming in Chinese with a new Preface,  辛西·伯茨 et al., 砖国家与集体金融治略  (Shanghai Century Publishing, 2020).        
*  "Avoid Allowing Opponents to 'Beat America at its own Game': Ensuring US Financial and Currency Power," in Chinese Strategic IntentionsA Strategic Multilayer Assessment (SMA) White Paper, 2019.
* "The BRICS in the Era of Renewed Great Power Competition," Strategic Analysis, vol. 43, no. 6 (2019), pp. 469-
*  “The Varieties of Collective Financial Statecraft: the BRICS and China” Political Science Quarterly vol. 132, no. 3 (Fall 2017), 403-433 (with S.N. Katada and L.E. Armijo).

*  “Revelations about Russia's Nuclear Deterrence Policy,” War on the Rocks, June 19, 2020.
*  Review essay on Stalin: Waiting for Hitler, 1929-1941 (by Stephen Kotkin) H-Diplo Roundtablevol. XX, no. 30, March 2019, pp. 16-36.  
*  “The Sum of All Fears: Nuclear Threats Reemerge as a Source of European Insecurity,” European Security Challenges, no. 1, 2016, pp. 129-161.
*  “Coping with Nuclear Terrorism and Nuclear Weapons Proliferation,” in What is the Worst That Could Happen? The Politics and Policy of Crisis Management, ed. Hugh Liebert, et al. (Sloan, 2016), pp. 169-189.  
“The Czar of Brinkmanship.Foreign Affairs. 5 May 2014.
*  “Are the BRICS Building a Non-Western Concert of Powers?” The National Interest, July 8, 2015.
  “The Emerging Powers and Global Governance: Why the BRICS Matter,” (with L.E. Armijo) in Robert Looney, ed., Handbook of Emerging Economies (Routledge, 2014).
*  “Building the New World Order BRIC by BRIC” The European Financial Review (Febuary - March 2011).
*  Editor and “Introduction,” Forum on “Challengers or Stakeholders? BRICs and The Liberal World Order.” Polity, vol. 42, no. 1 (January 2010), 1-13.
Russia's BRICs Diplomacy: Rising Outsider with Dreams of an Insider.” Polity, vol. 42, no. 1 (January 2010), 38-73.
Russia and the European Union: The Sources and Limits of ‘Special Relationships’ (2007).

Selected Work in Progress:  
Managing Blowback and Escalatory Risks from the US Weaponization of Finance
Explaining Military Effectiveness: Stalin and the Red Army.
Nuclear Signaling, Threats, and Doctrine: The Russian Nuclear Challenge and Implications for European Security.
The Future of Arms Control in the Era of Renewed Great Power Competition.
Russian Grand Strategy from Peter to Putin:  Lessons for Emerging Powers  

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