George Gavrilis

International Affairs Fellow

George Gavrilis is an assistant professor of government at the University of Texas at Austin. He has previously held the positions of director of research for the Council on Foreign Relations Oral History Project (Columbia University), associate research fellow at the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy (Columbia University), and national security postdoctoral fellow at the Olin Institute for Strategic Studies (Harvard University). His projects include border management, judicial politics, strategies of conflict, and state failure and international cooperation. His field experience includes the Middle East, central Asia, and Europe. His first book, The Dynamics of Interstate Boundaries (Cambridge University Press, 2008), explains why some borders deter insurgents, smugglers, bandits, and militants, while most suffer from infiltration and crisis.  His IAF year will be dedicated to assessing, coordinating, and enhancing international border control assistance programs in developing regions and states with insecure frontier areas.

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