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Cynthia Roberts

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

Office:  1728 HW
Voice:  212.772.5502
Fax:     212.650.3669

Areas of Specialization:
International Relations, International Security, Transatlantic and European Security; NATO, Extended Deterrence and Nuclear Strategies; European Defense Policies; Authoritian Great Power Competitors (China and Russia); Russian and Chinese Financial Statecraft; Russian Politics, Political Economy, Foreign, and Military Policy; Power Transitions; BRICS and International Order.

PLSC 100:  Introduction to Politics: Democracy, Anarchy, and the State
PLSC 270:  International Relations: Conceptual Foundations and Current Issues
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:  Power Transitions, the U.S & World Order
PLSC 273.08: Great Powers and Global Politics
PLSC 373.16: The Nuclear Age: War and Peace
HONS 2011:  Contemporary Russia in a Globalized World
HONS 301.25: Post-Communist Europe: Political and Economic Challenges
PLSC 115:  Introduction to International Politics

Bio:  Prof. Roberts teaches international relations at Hunter College and is also a Senior Associate and Adjunct  Associate Professor at the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University.  Previously, Dr. Roberts was Director of the Russian Area Studies Graduate Program at Hunter and also served on 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 served as a consultant on international security issues. Prof. Roberts is currently a member of the John J. McCloy Round table on Setting the National Security Agenda at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. 

Recent Publications: 

  • The BRICS and Collective Financial Statecraft. New York: Oxford University Press, 2017 (with L.E. Armijo and S.N. Katada).
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  • “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).
  • “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 Sum of All Fears: Nuclear Threats Reemerge as a Source of European Insecurity,” European Security Challenges, no. 1, 2016, pp. 129-161.
  • “Are the BRICS Building a Non-Western Concert of Powers?” The National Interest, July 8, 2015.
  • "The Czar of Brinkmanship." Foreign Affairs. 5 May 2014.
  • "The Emerging Powers and Global Governance: Why the BRICS Matter," (with L.E. Armijo) in Robert Looney, ed., Handbook of Emerging Economies (Routledge, 2014).
  • "The Future of NATO," European Security: Events, Estimates, Forecasts, 31(47) (December 2013).
  • "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 Potential Backlash and Escalatory Risks of U.S. Coercive Diplomacy and Financial Sanctions.
    Nuclear Signaling, Threats, and Doctrine: The Russian Nuclear Challenge and Implications for European Security.
    Lessons from the NATO Nuclear Alliance for US Alliances in Asia: Facing Challenges from Positions of Strength.
    Promoting Global Market Rules and Incentives in China: Lessons from Joining the MSCI Global Equity Index.
    "Russian Grand Strategy from Peter to Putin:  Lessons for Emerging Powers"   book manuscript.

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