Nazli Choucri, Professor of Political Science, is Faculty Affiliate at the MIT Institute for Science and Data (IDSS) and Senior Faculty at the Center for International Studies (CIS). Her research focuses on international relations, with special attention given to growth and expansion in "real" and cyber systems. All her work, including policy analysis, is largely multi-method and multi-disciplinary, as reflected in 12 books and over 120 articles. Her most recent book, International Relations in the Cyber Age: The Co-Evolution Dilemma, is co-authored with David D. Clark.

Dr. Choucri holds the first patent in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at MIT for an interactive knowledge management and networking system devoted to the complexity of sustainability, the Global System for Sustainable Development (GSSD). A customized application to the cyber domain, Cyber-IR System for Strategy and Decision (CSSD) is under construction. She directed MIT’s Middle East Program for several years, and served as Associate Director of the Technology and Development Program over its long duration at MIT.

As Principal Investigator and Director of a multi-disciplinary MIT-Harvard research collaboration on Explorations in Cyber International Relations (ECIR), she worked with a joint team to develop theories and methods for linking cyberspace and international relations into an integrated framework for education, research, and policy. ECIR-continues as Cyber-IR, building upon earlier foundations to strengthen the new directions of inquiry in international relations. Dr. Choucri is the founding Editor of the MIT Press Series, Global Accord: Strategies for Sustainability. She served on the Editorial Board of the American Political Science Review and, earlier, as General Editor of the International Political Science Review.

Professor Choucri is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Political  Science Association,  European Academy of Sciences, International Studies Association (among other professional organizations), and has served two terms on the Science Board of the Santa Fe Institute. She advised numerous international organizations – including the United Nations Development Program, the United Nations Environment Program, and the United Nations Fund for Population, among others. Dr. Choucri also served two terms as President of the Scientific Advisory Committee of UNESCO’s Management of Social Transformation (MOST) Program.  Currently, she is a member of the Board of Directors for the Boston Global Forum and the Artificial Intelligence World Society (AIW).

Dr. Choucri’s international experience “on the ground” spans research and  policy analysis in countries as diverse as: Algeria, Canada, Colombia, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Honduras, Japan, Kuwait, Mexico, Pakistan, Qatar, Sudan, Switzerland, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.


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