Alexander Cooley is professor of political science at Barnard College and the current director of Columbia University’s Harriman Institute. Cooley’s research examines how external actors—including international organizations, multinational companies, NGOs, and foreign military bases—have infl uenced the development and sovereignty of the former Soviet states, with a focus on Central Asia and the Caucasus.
Cooley is the author and/or editor of several academic books including, most recently, Dictators without Borders (Yale University Press, 2017), co-authored with John Heathershaw.
Cooley serves on the National Endowment for Democracy’s democratic studies research council and the Human Rights Watch’s Europe and Central Asia advisory committee; he has testified for the U.S. Congress, the U.S.–China Economic and Security Review Commission, and briefed U.S. and international officials on Eurasian politics.
Cooley’s opinion pieces have appeared in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and the New York Times. His research has been supported by the Carnegie Corporation, the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the Open Society Foundations, and the Smith Richardson Foundation.
Cooley earned both his MA and PhD from Columbia University.