Note: This is an archived profile of a former U.S. Institute of Peace expert. The information is current as of the dates of tenure.
Alan J. Kuperman is a 2013-2014 Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow. In his project, “Humanitarian Blowback? Lessons for Future Intervention,” he investigates the successes and failures of humanitarian intervention, from which he will derive recommendations for future implementation of the “Responsibility to Protect.” The project draws on his 15 years of field interviews with rebels, government officials, and interveners in the deadly conflicts of Bosnia, Kosovo, Rwanda, Darfur, Liberia, and Libya.
Kuperman is associate professor of public affairs at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin, where he teaches courses in global policy studies, leads a Pentagon-funded project on constitutional design and conflict management in Africa, and is coordinator of the Nuclear Proliferation Prevention Project (www.NPPP.org). Previously, he was resident assistant professor and coordinator of the international relations program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Bologna, Italy. In 2009-2010, he was a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, in Washington, DC.
Prior to his academic career, Kuperman worked as legislative director for the U.S. Rep. Charles Schumer, legislative assistant for U.S. House Speaker Thomas Foley, chief of staff for U.S. Rep. James Scheuer, and fellow at the U.S. Agency for International Development. He holds an A.B. in physical sciences from Harvard University, a master’s degree in international relations and international economics from SAIS, and a doctorate in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Kuperman also held a USIP Jennings Randolph Peace Scholarship to support work on his dissertation from 2000-2001.
- “Constitutional Design and Conflict Management in Africa,” Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy (October 2013).
- “A Model Humanitarian Intervention? Reassessing NATO’s Libya Campaign,” International Security 38, 1 (Summer 2013): 105-136.
- Nuclear Terrorism and Global Security: The Challenge of Phasing out Highly Enriched Uranium (Routledge, 2013).
- “Rethinking the Responsibility to Protect,” Whitehead Journal of Diplomacy and International Relations 10,1 (Winter/Spring 2009), pp. 33-43.
- “The Moral Hazard of Humanitarian Intervention: Lessons from the Balkans,” International Studies Quarterly 52,1 (March 2008), pp. 49-80.
- Gambling on Humanitarian Intervention: Moral Hazard, Rebellion and Civil War (Routledge, 2006).
- The Limits of Humanitarian Intervention: Genocide in Rwanda (Brookings, 2001).