Small Wars Journal

Tony Rivera


Dr. Tony Rivera, is a visiting assistant professor at Duke University’s Social Science Research Institute, a Strategic Advisor to the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, and a Core Research Fellow with the Triangle Institute for Security Studies. He is the founder and director of the Laboratory for Unconventional Conflict Analysis and Simulation (LUCAS), a computational security studies lab. 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 to investigate and understand the role of honor in Iran’s nuclear negotiations with the West.

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