Christopher Clary on his new book, which looks at why international rivalry is a hard habit to break.
Christopher Clary is an assistant professor of political science at the University at Albany, State University of New York and a non-resident fellow with the Stimson Center’s South Asia program. His research focuses on the sources of cooperation in interstate rivalries, the causes and consequences of nuclear proliferation, U.S. defense policy, and the politics of South Asia. Previously, Clary was a postdoctoral fellow at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University, predoctoral fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University, a Stanton Nuclear Security Predoctoral Fellow at the RAND Corporation in Washington, D.C., and a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow in India. He also served as country director for South Asian affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (2006–2009), a research associate at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif. (2003–2005), and a research assistant at the Henry L. Stimson Center in Washington, D.C. (2001–2003). He received a PhD in Political Science from MIT, an MA in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a BA in History and International Studies from Wichita State University