Philip Baxter

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Areas of Expertise

International security; social network analysis; WMD proliferation; nuclear weapons; strategic stability; great power politics.

Philip Baxter is a Research Fellow with the Center for Policy Research at the University of Albany, the founder and director of a data analytics consultancy, and a Ph.D. Candidate in International Affairs, Science, and Technology at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

His dissertation examines the structure of epistemic communities in nuclear weapon proliferating states. He also serves as an adjunct professor at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University, where he teaches courses on international security and emerging technology.

He has over a decade of experience in the international security domain, having worked previously at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, National Nuclear Security Administration, and the National Defense University. His research has appeared in International Areas Studies Review, Journal of Cybersecurity, Science and Diplomacy, Federation of American Scientists’ Public Interest Reports, Arms Control Wonk, and Real Clear Defense.


Current Research

The structure of epistemic communities in nuclear proliferating states
Nuclear modernization in the US, China, and Russia
State responses to periods of power transition


Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology (ABD, defense in 2019);
MPP, George Mason University


Nuclear Modernization in the 21st Century: A Technical, Policy and Strategic Review, co-editor, Routledge’s Modern Security Studies Series, 2019 (Forthcoming).
“Patchwork of Confusion: The Cybersecurity Coordination Problem,” with Tarun Chaudhary, Jenna Jordan, Michael Salomone. Journal of Cybersecurity (Vol. 4, Issue 1).
“How Small States Acquire Status: A Social Network Analysis,” with Jenna Jordan and Larry Rubin. International Areas Studies Review, (Vol 21, Issue 3) 2018.
“Approaches to Nuclear Cooperation: A Review of the U.S.-ROK Agreement,” Science and Diplomacy, September 2015.