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Ariel Petrovics

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Assistant Research Scholar, CISSM

Ariel Petrovics is an Assistant Research Scholar at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy. Her research examines the effectiveness of foreign policies for addressing problems in international security, including issues of nuclear proliferation and the risks of counterproductive consequences in security strategies. Her book project compares effectiveness of common foreign policies for inducing nuclear reversal, while related research evaluates engagement strategies with renegade regimes, and the effects of new proliferators on international security. Her work has been published by the Washington Quarterly, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, and Texas National Security Review, among others. She earned her PhD in Political Science from the University of California, Davis and has held positions as a Managing the Atom Research Fellow and a Stanton Nuclear Security Postdoctoral Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, the Herbert York Fellow with the UC Institute for Global Conflict and Cooperation, and a research associate at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Center for Global Security Research. Her work has been supported by the Stanton Foundation and the Charles Koch Foundation.

Areas of Interest
  • International security; foreign policy; nuclear proliferation