Cambridge, MA – Former Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter will join the Harvard Kennedy School as the Belfer Professor of Technology and Global Affairs and Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. As Secretary of Defense, Carter, a physicist, became known for pushing the Pentagon to “think outside its five-sided box” in order to transform the way the military fought adversaries and strengthened alliances, managed its budget and talent, developed its technology, and more. He will now lead the Belfer Center’s programs and will focus his scholarship on the role of innovation and technology in addressing challenges at home and around the world.
Irina A. Chindea is a research fellow in the International Security Program. Her current book project explains the alliance behavior of criminal organizations, with a focus on crime groups active in the Western Hemisphere. Irina conducted extensive field research on the U.S.–Mexico border, in Colombia, El Salvador, and Canada.
At the intersection of International Relations and Comparative Politics, Irina's teaching and research interests include irregular warfare, cooperation and conflict among non-state armed groups, U.S. foreign policy, and alliance politics. The regional focus of her work covers Latin America, the Middle East and Europe. Irina's research was supported, among others, by the Bradley Foundation and the Smith Richardson Foundation.
Irina has a Ph.D. in International Relations and a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School at Tufts University. Prior to her graduate studies, Irina worked as a senior analyst for the investment-arm of Raiffeisen Bank and for the Financial Advisory Services unit of KPMG Romania.Last Updated: Jan 6, 2017, 12:57pm