Alexander Cooley

Associate Professor of International Relations at Barnard College, Columbia University

Alexander Cooley is an associate professor of international relations at Barnard College, Columbia University. He is currently a Global Fellow with the Open Society Institute, researching the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and its activities in Central Asia. In particular, he is examining the SCO's impact on regional integration and whether the SCO is sidelining Western actors by providing an alternative source of legitimacy to member states.

As a member of the Harriman Institute's delegation to Turkmenistan in 2008 and 2009, he lectured on international relations at various Turkmen Universities and policy institutes.

Cooley has written two books, Logics of Hierarchy: The Organization of Empires, States and Military Occupations, on how Soviet administrative legacies shaped the formation of Central Asian states; and Base Politics: Democratic Change and the US Military Abroad, which examines the political impact of U.S. military bases in overseas host countries, including Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.

Focus: Democracy, Diplomacy, Governance, Human Rights, Security, War, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, United States, Uzbekistan, Americas, Asia, Global

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Last Updated: Jun 15, 2010

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