Michael Kraig, Ph.D.

Program Officer,
Global Security and US Foreign Policy

Michael Kraig (Ph.D.) is a program officer at the Stanley Foundation, based in Muscatine, Iowa. He is currently managing two new areas for future Stanley Foundation policy projects in international security: Regional Approaches to Proliferation Prevention (RAPP) and Strategies for National Security (SNS). RAPP will work toward the improvement of regional security and stability in the Middle East, South Asia, and Korean peninsula, while SNS will explore the potential for US national security policies that are integrated and balanced across different types of policy options (military, legal-diplomatic, and economic), involving a complementary mix of unilateral and cooperative methods.

Michael Kraig did his graduate work at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo, where he taught a wide range of undergraduate courses in international relations while pursuing his doctorate. In 1995 he interned with the US General Accounting Office National Security and International Affairs Division (GAO-NSIAD) for the special project "The Role of Nuclear Weapons in the Post-Cold War Era."

This was followed in 1998-2000 by policy work for several NGOs concerned with research and public advocacy in the areas of US foreign policy and international security. He was a Scoville Fellow at the nonprofit British American Security Information Council (BASIC) from 1998 to 1999, where he examined the potential effects of the Y2K problem on US and Russian nuclear operations. Michael Kraig also represented BASIC at the 1999 Nonproliferation Treaty Preparatory Committee meeting at the United Nations, and in May 2000 he consulted with the nonprofit Federation of American Scientists (FAS) for a press conference on South Asian nuclear weapons programs held during the NPT 2000 Review Conference at the United Nations. He undertook consulting work for the joint European Union-BASIC project "Missed Opportunities for Conflict Prevention in Kosovo: An American and European Evaluation" after which he became a contributing writer and editor for the Arms Control Reporter, a running encyclopedia of global and regional arms control negotiations published by the Institute for Defense and Disarmament Studies in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Michael Kraig has also given lectures on US nuclear weapons operations and the Revolution in Military Affairs for the annual ISODARCO-Pugwash Summer Lecture Series in Rovereto, Italy.

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