TISS is an inclusive organization and welcomes all persons with an interest in informed discussion about national security events. At its core are some fifty scholars and practitioners who are very active in the organization and are listed in the Directory. Also noted in this section of the website are a number of groups and individuals who have played – and in most cases continue to play – a special role in the life of TISS. These include our founders, Board Members (Past and Present), undergraduate scholars (Wickershams), graduate students who have participated in our New Faces program, and Fellows (Past and Present).
Dr. Tony Rivera, a visiting assistant professor at Duke University’s Social Science Research Institute with a secondary appointment to the department of Political Science, is a Research Fellow with the Triangle Institute for Security Studies. He is also a Strategic Advisor to the U.S. Army Special Operations Command. Additionally, Dr. Rivera and a Subject Matter Expert at the College of International Security Affairs, National Defense University. He is the founder and director of the Laboratory for Unconventional Conflict Analysis and Simulation (LUCAS), a computational security studies lab. The Lab is bi-located on Fort Bragg and Duke University, where it is the computational security studies component of the Social Science Research Institute and the Triangle Institute for Security Studies. Dr. Rivera received his degree in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Delaware. His dissertation, The Complexity of Iranian Foreign Policy: the politics of fear, interest, and honor utilizes complex adaptive systems and phenomenological theoretical approaches along with computational and interpretive methodologies. From 2010 to 2015, Dr. Rivera has been affiliated with the University of Chicago’s Computation Institute, where he has provided subject matter expertise on Iranian grand strategy and security policy for agent-based modeling. His work at the Computation Institute also included modeling the sovereignty disputes in the South and East China Seas. From the fall of 2009 until spring of 2012 Dr. Rivera served as managing editor of the International Studies Association’s Compendium project. He is available to give talks on Iran’s nuclear program, strategic decision-making, and the future of Iran’s role after the JCPOA (the nuclear deal). He also has talks prepared on Iranian-US relations, Iranian-Saudi relations, and more general topics on the Middle East. He can give talks and tutorials on computational methods such as agent-based modeling, social network analysis, and the essential tasks of combining qualitative and computational methods.
:Iran’s nuclear program, decision-making and political landscape, computational methods, Iranian-US relations, Iranian-Saudi relations, and more general topics on the Middle East.