Alexander Cooley is currently the Claire Tow Professor of Political Science at Barnard College, Columbia University in New York and Director of Columbia University's Harriman Institute for the Study of Eurasia, Russia and Eastern Europe. His study examines the sovereignty and political maturation of the former Soviet countries, with a focus on the Caucasus and Central Asia.
Professor Cooley is the writer or co-author of six books, including Logics of Hierarchy:The Organization of Empires, States and Military Occupations (Cornell University Press 2005); Base Politics: Democratic Change and the U.S. Military Overseas; and also Contracting States: Sovereign Transfers in International Relations, according to Hendrik Spruyt. He also co-edited, with Jack Snyder, Position the Planet: Grading States as a Tool of Global Governance (Cambridge 2015).
Cooley's 2012 publication on the emerging multipolar politics of of Central Asia- Great Games, Local Rules: the New Great Power Contest for Central Asia- was released by Oxford University Press. It received an Honorable Mention in the Central Eurasian Studies Society and has been clarified by Asia Policy as "maybe the most cogent critique of post-Cold War orthodoxy released so far."
Professor Cooley has declared for Congressional committees about Eurasian problems and he currently serves on a diverse assortment of global advisory committees, project boards and working groups engaged in the region. He's a regular commentator for media outlets and also his opinion pieces have appeared in Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs and the New York Times. His work has been supported from the Open Society Foundations, Carnegie Corporation, Smith Richardson Foundation, and the German Marshall Fund of the United States. Cooley earned his Ph.D. (1999) from Columbia University.
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